There’s heaps of accommodation in Negombo, ranging from inexpensive guesthouses through to a growing range of chic modern resorts – although some of the cheaper hotels remain stuck very much in the 1970s, catering to an endless supply of all-inclusive package tourists who appear to demand nothing more of Sri Lanka than cheap beer, execrable quasi-European cuisine and ping-pong tournaments. Most of the budget places are in Lewis Place, at the southern end of the beach area; more upmarket options are concentrated to the north along (or just off) Porutota Rd in the suburbs of Ettukala and Palangatura. The landmark Brown’s Beach Hotel had been demolished at the time of writing; it will eventually be rebuilt and reopen as a posh new five-star in around 2014. All the places listed below appear on the Negombo Beach map.

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