Sri Lanka being an island in the Indian Ocean is ideal for fishing which is one of the main occupations of the people living in coastal areas and therefore many characteristic and interesting Fishing Villages can be seen around the Country.  Fishing Boats used in very early times like the outrigger Canoes dugout Canoes and the Catamarans and many different kinds of Sail Boats are still popular among the more modern mechanised Boats in the Industry.  Fishing by pulling large nets from shore that are cast from Boats that go out to sea in close proximity to land catch small and medium size fish such as Seer, Skipjack, Herring, Mullet, Pomfret and Amber jack that can be seen in the early mornings, afternoons and evenings from day to day in almost all Parts of the island while the Deep Sea Fishing mechanised and Sail Boats bring bigger fish in the morning, usually after a full nights Fishing.

Travel Destinations of Fishing

  • As its name denotes, this beautiful location is centred around a bay situated on the Indian Ocean in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's southeast coast.
  • Beruwala, located 60 km South of Colombo on the main west coast road (Galle road), together with Bentota Bay Beach Resort further south is the gateway to some secluded beaches extending all the way to Hikkaduwa Bay Beach.
  • Galle is located 115 km from Colombo on the South Coast and 16 km from Hikkaduwa. It was the fortified Sea Port City of the Dutch who ruled the maritime districts from middle of 17th Century to the close of the 18th Century.
  • Hambantota is the chief town in Hambantota District, belonging to the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. It covers a square area of 2593 km.
  • Hikkaduwa is a tourist haven situated 16 km away from Galle. This town is very picturesquely situated on the lovely South Coast and is one of the Island’s best Beach Resorts.
  • Jaffna is the nucleus of the Northern Peninsula situated 398 km away from Colombo.
  • Kalpitiya which is located 130 km north of Colombo International Airport, is an exquisite coastal region in the Western coastal belt north of Colombo.
  • Kithulgala is a town situated 86 km off Colombo, in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest that receives two monsoons every year, and is one of the wettest places in the country.
  • Matara (originally Mahathota) is a major city in Sri Lanka and is located in the southern coast of Southern Province, 160 km from Colombo.
  • Mirissa is famous among tourists for its lovely sandy beach with relaxed and picturesque environment. It is a secluded bay lying about 5 kms from Weilgama.
  • Negombo is situated 39 km north of Colombo and 3 km off the Bandaranayake International Airport Katunayake.
  • Trincomalee is a district in Sri Lanka situated 258 km away from Colombo on the east coast. It is the finest natural harbour in the world.
  • 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.