A popular tourist destination, Weligama lays claim to being the home of Stilt Fishing, a truly Sri Lankan cultural phenomenon. It is a common sight to see a fisherman perched on a pole which is entrenched in the seabed, patiently awaiting their catch. Take a walk along the beach and experience this for yourself.
The Mirissa coastal belt, located 5 minutes away from Weligama is also hotbed of activity during the dolphin and whale watching season which begins in November and ends in April, an ideal treat for the nature lover.
If you have a keen interest in places of historical interest, a visit to the Taprobane Island in Weligama is a must. Located 200 meters off the shore, this island contains a solitary, exquisite white villa engulfed in lush tropical greenery built on the centermost elevation. The villa was built by the exiled French Count de Maunay, who owned the island in the 1930s. During this period, Taprobane Island entertained many Kings, Statesmen, Aristocrats, Governors and Magnates.