General Information About Weligama
Weligama is a popular tourist destination and hosts several boutique hotels. The name Weligama itself, in Sinhala, means `Sandy Village’ which is a direct reference to the sandy bay beach in the town. The loveliest stretch of the bay beach is around the island of Taprobane. Most often dozens of traditional colourful outrigger boats are seen pulled up following their night fishing expeditions.
Weligama beach is famous for its stilt fishermen. In chest-deep water on the beach, just a few meters off-shore, are the stilt fishermen perched on a cross bar fixed on a single pole planted into the sea-bed.
These fishermen, who are the poorest of the poor, spend hours with their lines cast out to the sea to catch small fish and sell them in return or use for their daily meals.
At the western end of the town, near the railway track, stands a 3 meter high rock carved statue of a regal figure. It was believed to be a statue of a king whose identity hasn’t been established even today. According to the legend, the statue depicts an eighth or ninth century provincial ruler who had revered from leprosy by drinking coconut milk for three months.The other belief is that the statue depicts the Mahayana Bodhisatva, possibly Avalokitesvara. The carvings of meditating Buddhas in the tiara of the statue lend credence to the belief concerning the Bodhisatva.
The most enchanting feature of the bay beach is the small island called Taprobane, just 200 meters off the shore of Weligama. Peeping through the lush tropical greenery of the rocky island is the red-tiled roof of the exquisite white villa built on the centermost elevation. The villa was built by the exiled French Count de Mauny, who owned the island in the 1930s. During the 30 years that Count de Mauny made Taprobane his home, he played host to Kings, Statesmen, Aristocrats, Governors and Magnates. The villa and its gardens with the tropical beauty therein enraptured all the distinguished guests of the Count. Today the whole island and the villa that consists of 5 suites and an infinity swimming pool, is managed by a staff of five members and is available for holiday makers.
About SurfingWeligama, translated as sandy village, is a great place to learn to surf, about a two kilometre stretch of shallow sandy beach. One of the best places in south Sri Lanka to discover a connection with the ocean and catch your first wave. Get there for first light and surf till sunrise, it usually quiet until 8am so a good time to practice on uncontended waves.
Local surf schools2016 has seen an explosion of Weligama surf schools, now neatly organized under the trees at the right side of the bay. It’s a marketplace, take your pick. They have a wide range of foam, epoxy and fibre-glass boards. Rental is 300 to 450 LKR depending on the board, and lessons around 2-3000 LKR. No need to book easy to fix when you arrive.
Weligama Culture and History
Snake Farm at Weligama14km from Weligama along the Akuressa Road is the popular Snake Farm, which has fifteen kinds of snakes on it. Among the snakes are enormous pythons. The visitors are allowed to handle snakes with the assistance of the caretakers.
Aggrabodhi Vihara at WeligamaThe Aggrabodhi Vihara located about 1 Km from the Weligama rest house towards inland is an ancient temple site established in the 3 century BC. The present Aggrabodhi Vihara is a reconstruction of the ancient Buddhist temple which was destroyed by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century. The Sinhalese literary works of the 13th and 14th centuries had been narrated on Aggrabodhi Vihara Buddhist Temple revealing the importance of it.
Every day during sunset you can bring your own booze to the rooftop and meet fellow travellers. Friday night you dance the night away on top of a cliff at Tiki Cliff bar. For breathtaking bay views make sure you come before sunset. Afterwards eat a tasty curry at Chef Akila Kitchen the restaurant on the other side of the road. Around 11 AM the party is on. With international DJ’s behind the decks this is the best party spot on Sri Lanka’s south coast.
Popular Bars in Weligama
Senu Juice Bar & Resturant
Tel : +94 ** *** ****
Address : Number 46/34 Main Road, Weligama
Rasta bar & grill
Tel : +94 71 641 0228
Address : Beach road, Weligama.
The Surfer Roof Top Restaurant & Bar
Tel : +94 77 392 6614
Address : No 65 Wadana Waththa, Pelena, Weligama,
Famous Clubs in Weligama
Tel : +94 71 200 1483
Address : 1 Awariyawaththa Kapparatota, Weligama.