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Weligama in the south coast, also known as Sandy Village in Sinhala, is a small fishing village with a sandy beach. Weligama Bay is a popular destination for both novice and experienced surfers. There are several surf schools along the beach where you may also rent surfboards. The bay is suitable for children. Weligama has a season that lasts from October to March.

There are several coastal restaurants and bars, giving the area a relaxed atmosphere.

Midigama beach, only a 10-minute drive from Weligama Bay, is a haven for expert surfers, with waves reaching up to 6ft on a good day.

In the vicinity of Weligama, visitors may visit the Kushatarajagala historical site, a nature sanctuary, a snake farm, stilt fishermen, whale watching, deep-sea fishing, diving, and snorkeling.

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Things To Do

  • Surfing
  • Diving
  • Whale Watching
  • Jet Ski

Nearby Attractions

  • Kushtarajagala Historical Temple

It is a three-meter-tall statue carved into a massive rock. It is thought to have been carved during the 7th and 9th centuries.

There are various folk legends related to the monument, including one about a foreign king who had a skin illness and was healed by a local doctor, after which he constructed a statue of himself to be remembered. According to the second account, it is a Bodhi Sathwa statue, representing a person yearning to become a Buddha in his future life.

Distance: 2 Km

  • Mirissa Beach

Mirissa has evolved into Sri Lanka’s premier whale-watching location, and it is likely the only area where you may see both blue whales and sperm whales, as well as dolphins, on the same cruise. Whale watching season lasts from November to March.

Distance: 5 Km

  • Polhena Beach

The beach is excellent for swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. But it is not a popular vacation location due to a lack of lodging.

Distance: 11 Km

  • Unawatuna Beach

The beach is surrounded by a double reef, which reduces the impact of the waves of the Indian Ocean, making it excellent for safe swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Distance: 24 Km

  • Jungle Beach

It’s a lovely bay tucked in a wooded region that’s popular for day trips.

Distance: 25 Km

  • Galle Dutch Fort

The Galle Dutch Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was originally erected in the 16th century by the Portuguese.

Distance: 28 Km

  • Stilt Fishermen

An age-old fishing technique unique to Sri Lanka. It came into being just after World War II.

Distance: 11 Km

  • Japanese Peace Pagoda

Nichidatsu Fujii, a Japanese Buddhist monk, dedicated his life in 1947 to building Peace Pagodas across the globe as symbols of peace. Over 80 Peace Pagodas have been constructed across the world, including in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Distance: 26 Km


within 10 Km

Star Classified Hotels- Yes

Boutique Hotels- Yes

Resorts- Yes

International Chain Hotels- Yes

Ayurvedic Hotels- No

Villas- Yes

Eco Hotels- Yes

Camping- No

Unclassified Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


CMB Airport- 171 Km (travel time: 2hrs 10min)

Colombo City- 146 Km (travel time: 2hrs 30min)

Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 295 Km (travel time: 5hrs 10min)

Anuradhapura Ancient City- 332 Km (travel time: 5hrs 40min)

Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 343 Km (travel time: 6hrs)

Kandy City- 242 Km (travel time: 4hrs 30min)

Galle Dutch Fort- 30 Km (travel time: 50min)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time

November to April

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