Home of Sri Lanka’s iconic stilt fishermen
Where old livelihoods live on
A small town on the South coast of Sri Lanka, in Weligama, one of the main attractions is the unique sight of stilt fishermen - especially silhouetted against a blazing sunset. Precariously perched astride a crossbar on a single pole, they weather the waves to catch a meagre harvest. This traditional livelihood has been maintained for centuries with the skills passed down from one generation to the next.

Weligama is also renowned for another picture-postcard sight: the islet known as Taprobane or Count de Mauny Island - a hop across the sea at low tide.
Places to visit
in Weligama
Surfing Time
With its protected bay and gentler waves, Weligama is great for beginners, however, there are tougher swells for the more experienced surfers too.
Stilt Fisherman
Watch how these expert fishermen set up their stilts and cast their rods, and perhaps try your fishing skills on the crossbar too.
Snorkelling and Diving
Slip into the shallow reefs teeming with marine life, or explore popular dive sites including Prince Heinrich Patch, Bridge Rock and Yala Rock.
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