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Weligama
Travel Guide

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.

Cape Weligama
Cape Weligama
5 out of 5
Abimanagama Rd, Weligama, Southern Province
The price is NZ$1,078 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

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
Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa
Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
700 Matara Road, Pelana, Weligama
The price is NZ$166 per night from 26 Mar. to 27 Mar.

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! (124 reviews)
Excellent

"The accomodation was excellent and so was the service. We regret having stayed only one night to enjoy the facilities more. Highly recommended and we will definitely come again."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2020

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa
Weligama Bay Resort
Weligama Bay Resort
4.5 out of 5
Matara Road, Pelena, Weligama
The price is NZ$148 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

Nestled on the beach, this Weligama hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Weligama Beach and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Mirissa Beach. Turtle Bay Beach and Mirissa Fisheries ...

3.9/5Good! (42 reviews)
Game Over

"It is clear they are feeling the pinch from the new Marriott next door, but rather than hold the highest standards for a unique stay, things look in mild despair. The restaurant was abandoned minus one guy behind the bar on the floor. Buffet setup was half thrown around only to find out they have ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2019

Weligama Bay Resort
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.
Villa Serenity 2A/C Bedrooms(weligama, Mirissa beach/Surfing, whale watching)/ v
Villa Serenity 2A/C Bedrooms(weligama, Mirissa beach/Surfing, whale watching)/ v
The price is NZ$43 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

Situated in Weligama, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Weligama Beach and Kushtarajagala Statue. Turtle Bay Beach and Midigama Beach are also ...

Villa Serenity 2A/C Bedrooms(weligama, Mirissa beach/Surfing, whale watching)/ v
Beautiful house, gorgeous pool - stepping onto 365 days of surf beach in Sri La
Beautiful house, gorgeous pool - stepping onto 365 days of surf beach in Sri La

This family-friendly Weligama villa is located on the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Weligama Beach and Mirissa Beach. Kushtarajagala Statue and Mirissa Fisheries ...

3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)
Best house on the beach!

"This was probably one of our favorite vacations and a lot of that had to do with this house! The location was absolutely perfect. The design of the house was so thoughtful. We were 2 families. 7 people. Everyone had their own space and bathroom. The house was stocked with little things like books, ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2019

Beautiful house, gorgeous pool - stepping onto 365 days of surf beach in Sri La
Pearl Villa
Pearl Villa
50 Batewela Rd, Weligama

Situated near the beach, this villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Turtle Bay Beach, Weligama Beach and Kushtarajagala Statue. Midigama Beach and Midigama Left Surf ...

Pearl Villa
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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