Weligama



Weligama
Stilt Fishermen

A sleepy fishing town, Weligama lies within the crescent-shaped Weligama Bay; visitors can check out the catch of the day at the roadside fish stalls. The town has also become a popular spot with surfers, especially beginners, as the waves here are fairly constant. A number of guesthouses strung out along the Matara Road offers board for hire and surf lessons.

Weligama is probably most famous for being home to Taprobane Island, Which lies a short way offshore. The island was owned by the French Count de Maunay in 1930s, who built an elegant mansion here. Covered in verdant trees, it now offers luxury accommodation complete with a privet chef. Stilt Fishermen Stilt fishermen are synonymous with Sri Lanka. The poles, or stilts, are carved with notches to help the fishermen climb up to their crossbar, where they are carefully balance themselves as they fish. The best place to catch sight of the fishermen is the coastline between Midigama and Koggala, particularly around Ahangama. They can usually be seen during the early morning hours or at dusk. Note that those out on the poles later in the day are primarily there for the tourists, and will usually charge a small fee for posing photographs. more