We spent two weeks in the town of Weligama, Sri Lanka. Weligama, which means “sandy village” in Sinhalese, is a sleepy town on the southern coast of Sri Lanka in the Matara district.
What’s To Know?
The primary industries of the town are tourism and fishing. Here, you’ll find the iconic stilt fisherman as well as many regular fishing boats. The area around Weligama Bay is dotted with numerous boats and marinas, and it is easy to get fresh caught fish from fisherman along the shore.
The primary tourism in the area is in regards to surfing. The bay provides excellent conditions throughout most the year, though the peak season is during the winter months from October to March. Visiting in June, the town appeared to be devoid of most tourists. Weligama sits near the famed Mirissa beach as well as other surf spots.
A Great Home Base To Explore From
It’s location is also optimal for taking day trips to Galle or visiting various national parks such as Yala on the eastern coast of the island. While a motorbike or tuk-tuk will make traveling the town far easier and faster, you can walk the whole town.
There are a few hotels, and many home stays that one can elect to stay at. If you have the funds, you can even stay on the private island/villa known as Taprobane – which will cost between $1000 and $2200 a night depending on the time of year.
Hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, 15% of Weligama was destroyed. 2,200 homes were damaged and 469 citizens killed. Due to the civil war, most humanitarian aid and funds were misappropriated towards the war in the north. The town put its best foot forward to reconstruct on its own.
Anything to Eat?
The food is not as varied as you will find in the capitol of Columbo. Stil, you can find plenty of local fare such as Kottu, Rice and Curry, Hoppers, Roti, Curd, and King Coconut.
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