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"Beach lover's paradise!"

Weligama Tourism

The name Weligama translates to "Sandy village" which is on the south coast of Sri Lanka in Matara district. With 75,000 people as its residents, this quaint old fishing town is a beach lover's paradise.

Even in its peak seasons, you will find alone time on the secret beaches. Arabs, Tamils, Malays, Germans you will find them all holidaying in this village. The waters of the Weligama beach are peaceful, so much so that the tides are incessant yet flow smoothly. Weligama is perfect for first-time surfers and those looking to learn; the shores are free from coral reefs and rocks that may hinder surfers.

Sri Lanka's very own practise of Stilt fishing is done just a few metres from the shore on its shallow end, and it is a sight to see! Weligama is 144 km away from Colombo and 33 km from Galle. The beach stays offer a perfect resort vacation away from the hustle of the city. Stores, shopping and luscious places of stay are all away from the beach lands. The seclusion of the area, followed by the salt driven breeze and warm waters make Weligama a beautiful experience. Located one kilometre away from the Weligama villages are the Taprobane Island and the Midigama beach with sun beads and mild dunes!

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Surfing in Weligama

Weligama is home to globally recognised and accredited surfing schools like
1. The Surfer Surf Camp Sri Lanka
2. Surf School Weligama Sri Lanka - Good Story
3. Kumara surf school
4. Dylan's surf company and much more.

The beach is free from obstacles on the shore like rocks and corals. The weather and warm water set a perfect mood for surfing. Whether you're a novice or an expert, Weligama offers the best surfing experience.

Cost for surfing in Weligama: 1000-3000 LKR per hour

Food in Weligama

Meewitha family Restaurant, Hangten Rooftop Restaurant, Dulnetha Homestay & Restaurant, NOMAD Cafe Boutique are some of the beach shack restaurants. They serve authentic Sri Lankan food, continental desserts and delicacies.

Shopping in Weligama

Shops in Weligama are located on the main road along the coast. They sell accessories, shawls, souvenirs made of Batik cloths and carvings on shells and corals. Fisherman’s wives also sell freshly cooked seafood to eat there or even dried fish to take home.

Buddha's Birthday in Weligama

Kushtarajagala is a Mayan Buddhist rock in Matara district. Legend has it that Kusta Raja who came to the Weligama shores was afflicted with illness and was cured by a local doctor. It dates back to a little after the 7th century. “Vesak” – Buddha’s birthday is celebrated on the 12th of May each year with prayers where the whole town is lit with decorations.

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What is the best time to visit Weligama?

Galle, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Weligama, and Hikkaduwa are beach resort towns in Sri Lanka that are the driest during December to March. They see tourists from around the world during Christmas and new year. The way that the locals spend a new year on the beach has attracted tourists and brought a trend of beach parties and karaoke. October and November are the wettest months. Temperatures soar intensely until April or May and bring further rains. Remittent sea breeze makes one forget the humidity the coastal areas bring. Overnight stay in Weligama brings the comfort of a home away from home. Cold nights under the starry skies will leave you awestruck by the innocence of nature. Also, the Sinhalese New Year is a Tamil holiday that occurs on the 14th of April and is celebrated with games, family gatherings, and meals. This local feast is a grand festival across all of Sri Lanka, and Weligama adds a beachy twist to the fun.
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What are the places near Weligama?

The top places near to Weligama are Galle which is 24 km from Weligama, Colombo which is located 122 km from Weligama, Kandy which is located 147 km from Weligama, Nuwara eliya which is located 115 km from Weligama, Anuradhapura which is located 259 km from Weligama

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