Weligama

Weligama is a fishing village and town in Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Weligama literally means "sandy village" which speaks of the area's sandy sweep bay.

Weligama is a fishing village and town in Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Weligama literally means "sandy village" which speaks of the area's sandy sweep bay. The main income sources and businesses for the locals are Tourism and Fishing. Situated at a distance of 144 km from Colombo, Weligama is a very popular tourist destination with several hotels. It is most famous for its distinct stilt fishermen and an off shore islet known as Taprobane, where a dream house of French Count de Mauny was built. There are quite many famous sites of historical importance and tourist attractions within Weligama and its vicinity.

Weligama is known for its diversity in cultures and religions. The Sinhalese, Moors (descendants of the Arabs), Tamils, Malays and Burghers live together in harmony. Also, all major religions are represented in Weligama including Islam, Buddhism, Christianity (both Catholics and Protestants) and Hinduism.

Tourists Attractions in Weligama

  • Stilt Fishing

This is no ordinary fishing, there might be several methods of catching a fish but this one is mind-boggling. Fishermen in Sri Lanka use stilts to catch a fish. Stilt Fishing is an old tradition practiced by around 500 fishing families in Galle, especially around the towns of Koggala,Kathaluwa, and Ahangama. They usually fish during sunset, noon and sunrise, with each one taking their elevated position and balancing about 2 metres above the water using a vertical pole engrafted into the sea bed, attached to it is a cross bar, called petta, on which the fishermen do the balancing act. So with one hand they hold the stilt and the other hand they have a fishing rod or a line to catch spotted herrings and small mackerels, which are then kept in a plastic bag tied around their waist or the pole.

  • Lace Making

Lace making was introduced into Sri Lanka by the Portugese and Dutch and survives in small areas of the southwestern coast such as Weligama. Along the beach road are the verandas of the houses where the ladies can be seen busy at turning out exquisite products of crochet and tatting lace: blouses, table clothes, table mats etc. Introduced by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, lace-making has remained a traditional handicraft of in the coastal stretch ofWeligama. The trade of making lace flourishes herein at Weligama during the main tourist season of October to March.

  • Fishing Village

Weligama is a fishing village and town in Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Weligama literally means "sandy village" which speaks of the area's sandy sweep bay. The main income sources and businesses for the locals are Tourism and Fishing. Situated at a distance of 144 km from Colombo, Weligama is a very popular tourist destination with several boutique hotels. It is most famous for its distinct stilt fishermen and an off shore islet known as Taprobane, where a dream house of French Count de Mauny was built. There are quite many famous sites of historical importance and tourist attractions within Weligama and its vicinity.

Weligama on map

Sri Lanka Tourism Activities around Weligama