SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 1 – VISITING NEGOMBO

by Antonio Gil January. 09, 2019 504 views
Teresa's picture

Teresa's picture

Our yellow hotel in Negombo – Teresa's picture

Our yellow hotel in Negombo – Teresa's picture

Heading to breakfast early in the morning – Teresa's picture

Heading to breakfast early in the morning – Teresa's picture

Our first tuk-tuk of the trip

Our first tuk-tuk of the trip

Our dear trip leader next to me

Our dear trip leader next to me

♫♫ Negombo – Sri Lanka ♫♫

Negombo is a modest beach town located just 10km from Bandaranaike International Airport. With a stash of decent hotels and restaurants to suit all pockets, a friendly local community, an interesting old quarter and a reasonable (though somewhat polluted) beach, Negombo is a much easier place to find your Sri Lankan feet than Colombo.

The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it, and then captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and there are still reminders of the European days.

The busy centre of Negombo town lies to the west of the bus and train stations. Most places to stay, however, line the main road that heads north from the town centre, with the beachside hotel strip starting about 2km north of town.

www.lonelyplanet.com/sri-lanka/west-coast/negombo

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José Manuel 1 year, 4 months ago

+1+1+1

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Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 1 year, 4 months ago

smile smile smile

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks for taking me places I would never have known about! Great creative camera work, info & video! 

I hope you are feeling better by now!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks for coming with me Jay.
Not yet. Still making exams and so on.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

I'll keep you & Teresa in my prayers, Amigo! 
Best wishes for a speedy diagnosis, effective treatment and complete recovery!
Salud!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you so much for your kindness dear friend.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

My pleasure, Amigo!
Salud!

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G B 1 year, 4 months ago

what a quaint looking area...I bet it was really lovely walking around and sightseeing...it looks so laid back and inviting in some exotic way. Sweet little squirrel grinning

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Antonio Gil Replied to G B 1 year, 4 months ago

It was quite nice and surely different from our usual surroundings. This is a squirrel that lives in India and Sri Lanka. Thanks dear G.

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 4 months ago

Great job with the mirrors in #5-6! And now I have a new favorite kind of squirrel too. grinning

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Antonio Gil Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks Bethany. AndISaw explained to me what kind of squirrel this is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_palm_squirrel

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

Isn't she wonderful? I was so happy to know what kind it is. Thank you both!

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Andi Saw 1 year, 4 months ago

Ahhh... so you weren't there for fun... 
You, Portuguese,  went there to get back Negombo.
Don't spoil the end. I want to find out if you made it gradually! smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 4 months ago

Upps. Now you know. smile

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Marilyn Grimble 1 year, 4 months ago

Is that a chipmunk?
Hope you have a room at the front! Mxx

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Antonio Gil Replied to Marilyn Grimble 1 year, 4 months ago

I think so. I was so tired at the end of the day I wouldn't care less if the room had no windows smile But the view from the breakfast room was very good.

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Marilyn Grimble Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

Your holidays are like expeditions!! smile

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Andi Saw Replied to Marilyn Grimble 1 year, 4 months ago
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Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks a lot CRI. I didn't know that

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Marilyn Grimble Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 4 months ago

Many thanks! Now I know! Mx

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

It's fun to see how all squirrels look alike and yet they are different. Appropriately the ones in Negombo like to have an orange stripe.
Finally we got from winter coat and cold weather to short sleeves and warm weather.
I very much like the edits 4,5, & 6, it makes the photos pop. Is it a Topaz HDR or a combination of something? So far enjoying the trip smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks dear friend. I never use Topaz HDR (it's too strong), I always use combinations according to the picture I'm editing.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

Either way very nice edits smile

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Francesc 1 year, 4 months ago

Great set ..I love the last one and the mirrows...

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Carl Schraefel 1 year, 4 months ago

Heh, I also stayed at the same Beach Hotel when I visited Negombo. Sri Lanka is a gorgeous country. Great shots!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Carl Schraefel 1 year, 4 months ago

What a coincidence smile Agree with you on Sri Lanka Carl

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 4 months ago

i like #6 with the view in the mirrors..

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Antonio Gil Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you Sherry smile

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Heike 1 year, 4 months ago

Love the way you edited #4 ! The street in #3 looks amazingly clean...smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks dear Heike. Sri Lanka is different from India regarding how clean the streets are.

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Carl Schraefel Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

That is true.grinning

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