Weligama is a popular travel resort in Matara district, which is located at a distance of 144 Km from Colombo. This all-embracing bay has with calm water ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Weligama, meaning “sandy bay”, is also known as red bay, due to the red rose cliffs that can be seen from anywhere in the town. Weligama beach is popular among travelers for its serene sandy beaches and well developed tourism infrastructure.
There are options for visitors to take tours of the Buddhist dagobas and churches located in the western part of town. Top tourist attraction in Weligama is a three-metre high megalith carved with a figure popularly thought to be Kustaraja or “Leper King”. Another important attraction here is the small Taprobane island, which is located a little distance away from Weligama beach. Taporbane island is a private island with a beautiful villa, which was once owned by French exile, Count de Maunay. The villa was also used by novelist Paul Bowles to write the book “The Spider’s House.” Weligama is also surfer’s paradise with multiple surf breaks around the coast. Another popular tourist attraction here is Stilt fishing, in which fishermen stand on a single pole planted into sea-bed to catch fish.
The town of Weligama is located between Galle and Matara, and can be reached by Road or Rail. It can be reached by the A2 road route from Colombo to Matara. The city railway station falls on the Colombo – Matara railway route.