5 Fun Things to do in Weligama Besides Surfing
In the southern coast of Sri Lanka lies a small town known as Weligama in the Matara district. The fishing town of Weligama means ‘Sandy Village’ in Sinhalese and it is located 2 hours and 15 minutes away from Colombo. In the past few years this town has become one of the most popular tourist locations, making it one of the best destinations to visit with a group!
Weligama is known to have some of the best surfing spots in the South of Sri Lanka which is suitable for both beginners and experienced surfers. However, this town has a lot more to offer than just surfing spots, here are 5 fun things to do in Weligama with your friends.
1. Relax by the Beach
The best part about the south is the golden sandy beaches that stretch on for miles and miles. Enjoy a day by the sun-kissed coast, go for a swim or even embark on a scenic boat ride! Devil Rock in Weligama is the ideal spot for snorkelling, where you can see the magnificent underwater landscapes and exotic species of fish and other marine life.
Weligama is known to be the best place to watch stilt fishermen in action too. This is a traditional method of fishing in Sri Lanka that requires precise skills and balance. For a perfect photo opportunity, watch them in action just as the sun sets.
2. Scuba Diving
If you’re looking to have an adventurous holiday with your friends, scuba diving might just be what you need for that adrenaline rush. There are many diving centres available in Weligama, where trained professionals will guide you through every step of the way. Be prepared to be awed by the various nudibranchs, colourful fish and other exotic marine life which will make for a memorable experience.
3. Whale Watching
Experience the thrill of seeing the world’s largest mammal; the blue whale during your visit to Weligama. Ideal for a group activity set sail to the depths of the big blue on this fun excursion. The best season to go whale watching is from December to April when blue and sperm whales migrate around the southern coast of the island. Set sail from the nearby town of Mirissa at 6am and you’ll have a good chance of also spotting playful dolphins during your whale-watching excursion. Here’s everything you need to know about whale watching with your buddies.
4. Handunugoda Tea Estate
The Central Province of Sri Lanka is known to be the ‘Tea Country’ of the island, but have you ever visited a tea estate in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka? For a unique experience, visit the Handunugoda Tea Estate which is 26 minutes away from the town of Weligama. This low-country tea plantation is mostly famous for their production of White Tea, also known as Silver Tips Tea. During your visit to the estate you can experience how the tea is plucked and processed too and even take a box of tea as a souvenir.
5. Go to a Beach Party
When you’re travelling with your friends, a beach party should definitely be on the list of things to do. Weligama is known for its nightlife which attracts many tourists around the year! End your trip to Weligama with a fun beach party. There are many bars around Weligama; Tiki Cliff Bar, The Doctor’s House and more, where you could meet more travellers and dance the night away to some good music and local spirits under a starry night.