Weligama is situated in the South of the island close to Mirissa but less touristic. The bay offers wide sandy beaches with a wonderful sunset sky. Fisherboats appear as colourful spots in the scenery. One wonderful beach you can enter about a kilometre away from the city. Stay at a very calm and wide beach shore, which offers you a long walk into the sea in shallow water. Some waves may invite for a boogie board ride. The countryside of Weligama carries you off to the rural beauty of Sri Lankan villages which reveal coconut and rubber plantations.
The little island you can spot from the road, called Taprobane which means copper island belonged to a French Count de Maunay-Talvande in the 1920s and was the place where Paul Bowles gave birth to his novel ‘The Spider’s House’ in the 1950s. Today it is for rent for about $ 1000 a night.
If you wanna learn to surf you are not wrong starting in Weligama due to the soft waves that don’t grow over a metre. Weligama is furthermore famous for its ceramic on a colourful market. It’s worth strolling around to find some nice gifts.
Bus to Weligama via highway to South - From the central bus station in Maharagama get into a highway bus to Galle (470 SLR/$ 4/€ 3). From Galle it’s about 40km to Weligama most buses traveling on the Southern coast stops in Weligama bus station .
Bus to Weligama via Coastal Route - You can reach Weligama with the bus route Colombo – Matara. It can be boarded at the Colombo central bus station (in front of the Colombo Fort railway station) or any of the major cities in the south as Hikkaduwa, Galle, and Bentota etc
Train to Weligama - Most common train to Weligama is Colombo – Matara train which stops on all major cities between Colombo and Matara. It’s a 3-4 hour ride along the coastal rail line. Trains can be boarded from Colombo Fort railway station, Maradhana Railway station and most major railway stations along Colombo and Matara.