Weligama is a town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in Matara District, Southern Province of Sri Lanka, approximately 144 kilometers south of Colombo and at an elevation of 30 feet above sea level. Weligama is a popular tourist destination famous for fishing.
Top Attractions in Weligama
Taprobane Island: An offshore islet which houses a villa constructed by the French Count de Mauny
Stilt Fisherman: Weligama is also famous for its distinct stilt fishermen, who erect a single pole in the chest-deep water on the beach, just a few meters off-shore, sits on a crossbar on the pole, and catch small fish using bamboo fishing rods.
Kusta Raja Gala or Rock of the Leper King: A 9.8 feet high bas-relief statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, carved into the surrounding rock, between the 6th-9th century AD.
Lace-making: Weligama is recognized for its beeralu lace-making