This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Katunayake.
Katunayake is the first town you will ever see in the country of Sri Lanka. It is the town where the only international airport in the country is located. While it does not have a lot to offer in terms of things to do, other than the airport itself, you can definitely venture out from here to the nearby towns and cities for activities. Hostels in Katunayake tend to be expensive, but you can find better lodging the further you are from the airport.
If you are looking for tour guides of the country, this is the best town to get them. Near the airport, and in the hostels in and around the city, tour guides offer their services. Many of them are highly rated, but be sure to do some research before giving your money to someone to take you around the country. It is highly recommended that you hire a local guide before you set out, unless you like exploring on your own.
From Katunayake, visit the nearby town of Negombo, which is about ten kilometers away on the main road. Negombo is a small city on the edge of the lagoon with a gorgeous beach. It is one of the liveliest places on the west coast of the country. It is a good place to find hostels and to relax after your flight. There are many great bars and hotels on the famous Sea Street of this town – go here to watch a sunset and enjoy some cool drinks when you arrive.
After this, Colombo is probably your next stop. The capital city of the country is about forty minutes away from Katunayake by the main highway, which extends right from the main airport. If you are not heading in this direction, you can pass Negombo and head up the coast towards Puttalam, Kalpitiya, and the famed Wilpattu National Park. Going in the other direction, you can also visit Gampaha, Ja-Ela, and a few other good destinations.
Written by local enthusiast for Katunayake hostelsJakob Lombardi