Located on the west coast of the island and at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, it is situated in the Western Province. One of the major commercial hubs in Sri Lanka known to many as Little Rome, due to its populace of Roman Catholics. This once fishing town is a point of convergence for many tourists coming into the island, being the closest tourist destination near the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. Sandy beaches, colourful boats of the fishing community, the lagoon, Dutch landmarks and canals that dot the town are some attractions in store when in Negombo. Also it is famous for cinnamon, ceramics, and brass ware. The ceiling frescoes of St. Mary's Cathedral, administrative buildings and Churches are a definite attraction to one who visits this wondrous city.