Waterland is a tropical oasis of towering coconut trees, flowering birds of paradise, and fragrant frangipani.  Uniquely situated between a river, a canal, and a coconut plantation, Waterland is a tranquil alternative to the touristic beach area of Negombo. 


Waterland provides the ultimate in luxury:

  • all guests stay in a villa

  • each villa has a private infinity-edge plunge pool

  • magnificent views from all the villas

  • a large English-speaking staff are dedicated to ensuring a superb guest experience

  • on site, you will find a lounge, a front desk, billiards, a boules court, a restaurant, a dining barge, and a spa

Waterland is the highest rated 5-star hotel in Negombo on booking.com and Trip Advisor. 


Trip Advisor has named Waterland 1 of the 25 Best Small Hotels in Sri Lanka.



Waterland is 17 kilometers from the airport.  The drive takes 25 - 40 minutes depending on traffic.

We are happy to arrange airport pick-up or airport drop-off for 25 USD per vehicle. 

We can arrange local transportation, drop-off at your next hotel, or tours around the island.

Our Front Desk staff are available to check guests in and out at any time of day or night.




Best Hotel I've Stayed At

"This hotel had it all!  It was super peaceful, all the luxuries you'd hope for away from the chaos.  The room itself was lovely and private.  The pool was fantastic and you felt as if you were in your own spot of paradise."



Play billiards on a piece of history in our Games Room.  The teak billiard table was originally on a colonial tea estate.

Other games available include backgammon, chess, dominoes, and Scrabble.  

In the garden, play boules or bean bag toss on our boules court.


Depart from Waterland's dock and head north.  Along the way, you may see herons, egrets, cormorants, kingfishers, parrots, ...  Watch a toddy tapper climb towering palm trees and have a glass of toddy (fermented coconut sap) with him.

1 1/2 hours. 40 USD


Depart from Waterland's dock and head south.   

Experience village life along the water.  On the journey, pass coconut plantations, rice paddies, and picturesque mangroves.

3 hours. 80 USD

Take a leisurely bicycle ride.  We have maps for two bicycle routes, a shorter one around the neighborhood and a longer one to Negombo Beach.


No charge for guests


Learn how to make Sri Lankan rice & curry and a series of side dishes.  Enjoy the meal you prepare as a late lunch or have it served for dinner.  Includes a drink and recipe book.

2:30pm - 4:30pm.  20 USD per person

Please book at least 24 hours in advance


Visit Negombo Lagoon, the fish market,  the Dutch Fort, Angurukaramulla Temple, and St. Mary's Church.

3-4 hours. 

May be done by 3-wheeler/tuk-tuk or by car.  Price depends on mode of transport.

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A short distance from the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), Negombo is the usual starting and ending point for tourists visiting Sri Lanka.


Visitors choose Negombo as their gateway to Sri Lanka because of its proximity to the airport, its vibrant beach scene, and the chance to experience life in a thriving seaside community.

Negombo enjoys a tropical climate all year round.   Average high temperatures range from 27 degrees Celsius (May – August) - 30 degrees Celsius (March and April). 

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106A St Marys Road
Pallansena; Kochchikade

Negombo  11540


+94 31 49 39 456
(front desk landline)

+94 76 77 48 544
(front desk mobile)