Weligama means ‘sandy village’ and is aptly named as it has one of the largest bays with sandy coves. It is the mecca of surf on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. If you are wondering whether to choose Weligama or Mirissa for your surfing holiday, you can have both, as they are very close to one another. You will find multiple surf schools and board rentals in the area. It is also famous for the iconic stilt-fishing of Sri Lanka. If you are not at all interested in the active beach life, the unspoilt beaches of the town make for luxurious lounging and placid relaxing. Weligama town is perfect for exploring history, culture, and for some first-class seafood cuisine.
At a glance
This island just offshore within low-tide walking distance was once the residence of Count de Mauny Talvande, who built his villa here in the 1920s.
Weligama surf season for pro-surfers is from November to April, but you can surf all year. Even in the low-season, you can catch friendlier waves.
This Mahayana Buddhist site has a Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara statue, which is said to have healing powers, is carved into a massive rock-face.
The rescued snakes here range from non-poisonous to highly-venomous. A small Ayurveda centre for snake bites is also available within the premises.
Weligama Bay Dive Centre
Discover fascinating undersea dive sites in and around Weligama accompanied by experienced diving guides. You can go on night dives too.
- Handunugoda Tea Estate produces 25 varieties of low-land tea, including White Virgin Tea.
- Ahangama Beach has turquoise water with surf waves, sandy bays, and rocky outcrops.
- Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex contains artifacts from the author’s past.
- WaterMelon Surf Club is a great place to learn surfing skills and rent surfboards.
- Dondra Point accessible by Mirissa beach is a whale and dolphin watching hotspot.
Where to Shop in Weligama
While all main shopping activities are limited to Galle, Weligama has few options. Ceylon Sliders shop sells clothing items, accessories, and holiday essentials like mosquito repellents. Traditional lacework stalls along the road are a common sight here.
Where to Eat in Weligama
W15, Fish Point Weligama, Kaori Café, Aloha Home and Kitchen, AVM Cream House, Soul Café, Rotti Shop Weligama, Hangten Rooftop Restaurant, and Froggy are some of the top restaurants in Weligama.
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