Hostels in Negombo, Sri Lanka

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Get to know Negombo (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and 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 Negombo. To help you make friends with Negombo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Negombo is an important city and famous tourist spot in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. Being in the proximity of main and the biggest international airport of Sri Lanka, Bandaranaike International Airport, the town is considered to be the most important place for arriving and transiting passengers to Sri Lanka. It is one of the famous tourist spots for its sandy beaches; fishing industry; and raw cinnamon, which is also a major part of the economy of the city. Most of the population of Negombo are Catholic, and because the city mainly depends on tourism, locals are relatively more accepting and welcoming toward the foreigners, which eventually makes it one of the most peaceful and liberal cities of Sri Lanka. It hosts the most famous and largest fish market of Sri Lanka, called Lellama.

Tourists to and from the airport prefer to stay for a day or two in the city in order to enjoy the warm and sandy beaches and lagoon of Negombo. Lewis Place is the most famous road, just parallel to the beach -- a walk on the road not only offers scenic view of the beach but also a number of clubs, pubs, local foods, tea, and spices can also be tested along the road.

Many backpacker hostels in Negombo are present on this road, offering very cheap places to stay in the city. Most of the hostels in Negombo are of international standard and offer both dorm and private rooms and include free breakfast. Some of the Negombo hostels also offer air conditioned rooms for a higher rate, as the day can be quite hot for most of the day. Other things to do in Negombo include rafting, fishing, boating, shopping, and a visit to the Dutch Canal and St. Sebastian's Church. The city is relatively calm and recommended mostly to relax; it's definitely not a party place.

Written by local enthusiast for Negombo hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Negombo hostels Brown Traveller

FAQ about Negombo Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Negombo. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Negombo. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Negombo costs on average $11 for a dorm. A hostel in Negombo with private rooms costs on average $18. shows all 23 Hostels in Negombo. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Sky Hostel Negombo is the best rated hostel for partying in Negombo.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Negombo

Your Packing List for Negombo

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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Negombo Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Negombo, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
23 Total number of hostels
$11 Average dorm price
$18 Average private room price
$5 Cheapest hostel in Negombo
Mazz Homestay is the cheapest
7 Party hostels in Negombo
Sky Hostel Negombo is the best rated
5.6 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

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Gampaha (22 Km / 14 mi.)
Ragama (22 Km / 14 mi.)
Colombo (31 Km / 19 mi.)
Ranala (39 Km / 24 mi.)
Mount Lavinia (41 Km / 26 mi.)
Kegalle (56 Km / 35 mi.)

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