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Weligama
Travel Guide

Weligama

Relax on the sandy beach and experience the laid-back charm of this fishing town, which is a good base for touring Sri Lanka’s glorious southern coastline.

Get away from busy tourist crowds and visit the less-traveled resort of Weligama. This low-key fishing town sits between the Polwatta Ganga stream and Weligama Bay, a horseshoe-shaped cove with craggy bluffs. The name Weligama means Sandy Village. The town’s recreational lifestyle revolves around the attractive Weligama Beach.

Spend your days enhancing your tan, swimming and overlooking the glistening Indian Ocean. Perfect your surfing ability in the relatively small waves. Rent equipment and arrange lessons at stands along the beach. Paddle out though the shallow water to Taprobane Island, where a luxury hotel sits inside a neo-Palladian mansion.

Stroll along the beach road and browse the displays of handicrafts and exotic fruits at the market stalls. Watch fishermen arrive on colorful boats with the day’s catch, which is often served at the town’s bars and restaurants. Visit religious landmarks such as Kapthurai Mosque.

Use local buses and rickshaws to reach attractions outside the town center. Take a tour of a working tea plantation at the Handunugoda Tea Museum. See original artifacts from the life of a well-known Sinhalese author at the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum.

Pristine beaches lie within a short drive of Weligama. Travel west to Mihiripenna Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Hike up to the Japanese Peace Pagoda and secluded Jungle Beach. To the east is Mirissa Beach, popular for surfing and whale watching. Observe fishermen balancing precariously on wooden stilts at Polhena Beach.

Another interesting place to see is Matara. Its attractions include the 17th-century Star Fort and the Shrine of Our Lady church. Cross the bridge at Matara Beach to a headland and the Parevi Duwa Temple.

Get to Weligama easily via buses and trains that depart from Colombo and many coastal towns. Guesthouses, homestays and luxury hotels provide accommodations to suit all travel budgets. Sri Lanka’s beaches are best between November and April when you can expect warm, dry days filled with sunshine.

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa
Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
700 Matara Road, Pelana, Weligama
The price is NZ$180 per night from 2 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Located in Weligama, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mirissa Fisheries Harbor, Mirissa Beach and Polhena Beach. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (126 reviews)
"Great location, Great view from rooms, Great facilities, Courteous Staff, Easy access, Comfort - A , Super food."

Reviewed on 26 Apr. 2021

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa
Cape Weligama
Cape Weligama
5 out of 5
Abimanagama Rd, Weligama, Southern Province
The price is NZ$746 per night from 8 Jul. to 8 Jul.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Weligama resort is in the historical district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Turtle Bay Beach and Weligama Beach. Mirissa ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Amazing stay
"Very attentive staff, stunning location with wonderful facilities. The views from all parts of the hotel were breathtaking. If you like surfing, there’s an excellent left hand reef just minutes from the hotel. Would highly recommend, it was the highlight of the trip."

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Cape Weligama
Fisherman's Bay
Fisherman's Bay
3.5 out of 5
Kapparathota, Weligama
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Weligama hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Turtle Bay Beach and Weligama Beach. Midigama Beach and Kushtarajagala ...
4.3/5Excellent! (11 reviews)
"Excellent management and staffs. They are the real heros and well mannered. I would highly recommend this place for any one to go and stay. They will certainly complete your stay with their smile and dedication to guests."

Reviewed on 17 Apr. 2019

Fisherman's Bay
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Villa Serenity 2a/c Bedrooms/ h
Villa Serenity 2a/c Bedrooms/ h
The price is NZ$66 per night from 15 Jun. to 15 Jun.
Situated in Weligama, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Weligama Beach and Kushtarajagala Statue. Turtle Bay Beach and Midigama Beach are also within ...
Villa Serenity 2a/c Bedrooms/ h
Last Will "hill top House
Last Will "hill top House
Situated in Weligama, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Weligama Beach and Kushtarajagala Statue. Turtle Bay Beach and Midigama Beach are also ...
Last Will "hill top House
Kumara
Kumara
3.5 out of 5
DG Gunasekara Mawatha, Pollathumodara, Denipitiya, Weligama
Situated near the beach, this villa is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Weligama Beach and within 6 miles (10 km) of Mirissa Beach and Mirissa Fisheries Harbor. Kushtarajagala ...
Kumara
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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