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WeligamaSri Lanka

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.

Top hotels in Weligama

Cape Weligama
Cape Weligama
5 out of 5
Abimanagama Rd, Weligama, Southern Province
The price is £567 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan

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 £87 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb

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 £68 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan

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! (43 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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Weligama

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 £23 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan

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
Privet Villa Lion Place in Waligama has 10 Beds Rooms With one Family Rooms
Privet Villa Lion Place in Waligama has 10 Beds Rooms With one Family Rooms
3.5 out of 5

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

Privet Villa Lion Place in Waligama has 10 Beds Rooms With one Family Rooms
Villa Nova Weligama, Galle District region, villa NOVA is located 1.5 km from
Villa Nova Weligama, Galle District region, villa NOVA is located 1.5 km from
The price is £11 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan

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

Villa Nova Weligama, Galle District region, villa NOVA is located 1.5 km from
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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24 Mar 2019

Really easy to navigate to other towns/areas in the south (via tuk tuk). Loved visiting Mirissa beach (so lush & relaxing!) and afternoon spent in Galle (old town is fantastic for shopping & food). Really enjoyed my time here as a solo traveller!

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