Negambo is located at the mouth of a lagoon with the same name, about 37Km north of Colombo. It has nice sandy beaches and good hotels. Most tourists use the town for the first or the last night of their stay in Sri Lanka as it is only about 7Km from Bandaranaike International Airport.
From the Negombo Travel Guide
Very friendly service by the owner who welcomed us late at night. We stayed at this location just after arriving from the airport. The map and directions were well detailed and we could find this house in pitch darkness in a residential area. This is a perfect location if just stopping to or from the airport. ... more