Travel information about Weligama
General information about Weligama
Weligama (Weligama) is a town and a resort village in southern Sri Lanka, in the district of Matara, on the shore of sandy Cove in the Indian ocean (Weligama on the map of Sri Lanka). The name Sinhala translates as: "village in the sand" or "sand village" (weli + gama — the village of the sand). Here are the Arabs, Tamils, Malays, Germans. The town is small, population of only 75,000 people. Distance to Colombo from Weligama 144 km to Galle — 33 kilometers. The closest competitors of Weligama are the resorts of Unawatuna and Mirissa on the South coast.
This quiet village is mostly fishing and tourism. In 2004, Weligama is exposed to large tsunamis. The waves were held throughout the village. Some of the houses and hotels were completely destroyed. At the present time the traces of destruction is almost gone.
Weligama is primarily a resort for lovers of surfing. Most of its coastline consists of wide sandy beaches without reefs and rocks. But idly sunbathing tourists are scarce. Here stable waves and surfing well-developed infrastructure. Many tourists ride for fun, not chasing sporting glory. This is a great place for beginners, and perhaps the best surf spot in the South of the island. There are surfing schools for beginners, including Russian surf school SurfDiscovery suits are their camps.
On the main road along the coast and in the centre of the village is full of life. Along the coastal strip dotted with small boat stations. Fishermen can go night fishing.
One of the symbols of the Weligama fishermen are engaged in fishing on wooden poles driven into the bottom a few meters from the shore. These fishermen are one of the symbols of the area and Sri Lanka in General, and tourists love to photograph them. On them and designed this ride, because fishermen no fish and not catch. As soon as you send in their direction the lens of your camera, you immediately run up by their assistants on shore and begin to demand money.
Tourist infrastructure is generally poorly developed, tourism services can be obtained except in hotels or guesthouses. Options for shopping almost no, you can only buy the most necessary things in small shops or supermarket food city markets. Fishermen sell fish and seafood right on the beach. Cafes and restaurants there, but not much. Sometimes hosts dance shows. Local hotels offer Ayurvedic treatments.
The Beaches Of Weligama
As for the beach Weligama, he is generally good. The wide sand strip with a length of approximately 3 kilometers hid in the Bay, when the view is not spoiled dense buildings near the water, and it is intended in some parts of the title of a popular palm beach. At the same time the beach is almost always uncrowded, without any experience except for surfing. However, it is objectively say that swimming conditions here are not the best: the beach is quite shallow, clayey sand and slippery, not very clean. To the East, Weligama adjoins another popular resort – Mirissa, and it is much more suited for swimming without a Board.
Hotels in Weligama scattered in coastal areas and in the back of the village. Among them are budget, mid-level and Villa topper. Unfortunately, to find affordable housing on the beach here is not easy, the price for beach hotels starts from $ 40. Budget accommodation is easier to find in the depths of the village. Many hotels are focused on the surfers, there is surf Board rental, lessons for beginners.
Near the West coast there is the small island of Taprobane, where in 1927 the French count de Mauny-Talvande built luxury white Villa with a red tile roof. Now here is a five star boutique hotel, nestled in tropical greenery.
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Hotels and beaches of Weligama on the map
Weather in Mirissa, the tourist seasons
Weligama is a year-round resort. However, if you want to rest here in almost perfect weather conditions, it is better to avoid visiting the resort during the low season.
The high season lasts from November to June. And the best time is from January to April. Rainfall during this period is almost there, the sky is always clear.
The low season lasts from July to October. At this time there may be rain, the sky is often overcast. To relax even during this time, you can comfort, but in General, the likelihood of bad weather is much higher.
The tourist seasons in Weligama months*
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
How to get to Weligama
Weligama is situated 168 kilometers from Colombo airport, 144 km from the Colombo, and 33 kilometres from the major city of Galle. Very often, Galle is the place the transplant to reach Weligama on the bus.
The most convenient to get to Weligama from Colombo international airport by taxi. The trip will cost about $ 110. To book a taxi or check the price using the search form below. Airport taxi possible on a special stand. At desire it is possible to find the car outside the airport, but be sure to bargain. The trip will take 3 and a half hours.
If you want to save money, you can simply get from airport to Weligama by local buses or by train. In General this trip will be: transfer from airport in Colombo to the bus station; next you need to take the bus to Galle or Matara (to go to the bus stop in Weligama), or take the train to Matara (to the railway station, Weligama). If you get on the bus to Galle, there additionally will have to take the bus to Matara. Overall, the whole route will take 6-8 hours and cost 200-300 rupees (refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate).
Details about how to get from the airport to Colombo bus station Colombo written here. On arrival at the station you need to find a bus to Matara (Matara) or to Galle. The bus goes directly to Matara to Weligama and Galle bus bit arrives, and will have at the bus station Galle to transfer to another bus to Matara. All these transfers are quite simple and safe, but it will be problematic to get so with a lot of Luggage.
The other option is to move the train. Similarly, the bus from the airport you must first drive to the railway station Colobo Fort. From here to Weligama is sent 5 trains daily, plus an additional two trains on weekdays. The cost of ticket to the cheapest third class – 120 rupees. Alternatively, you can take the train to Gale or Matara (where trains stop more often), and from there take the bus in Weligama. Train timetables can be found at the sites https://www.eservices.railway.gov.lk.
The estimated cost of travel:
- Bus Galle – Weligama – 50 rupees
- Bus Matara – Weligama – 40 rupees
- Bus Colombo-Galle – RS 150
- Bus from Colombo to Weligama – 180 rupees
- The train from Colombo to Weligama from 120 rupees
Well, another way to get here is by plane through the airport Koggala (Koggala Airport). This airport is located in the South in the town of Kogalla, and there are flights on light airplanes and helicopters from Colombo airport company Cinnamon Air and Millennium Airlines (Simplifly), from the airport to Colombo-Ratmalana companies FitsAir and again Millennium Airlines. The fare one way from $ 230.
Attractions in Weligama, what to see
There are few sights here. 14 km from Weligama is a snake farm, where there are about fifteen species of snakes, including huge pythons. In the immediate vicinity of the Bay of Weligama, you can see blue whales (whale organizes boat trips from nearby Mirissa). Towards Unawatuna in the village of Habaraduwa turtle farm.
The architecture of the village interesting and unique. Portuguese colonial mansions decorated with gingerbread carvings, side by side with Buddhist Dagoba and Catholic churches. Tourists conquers the grandeur of the statue of Leper King (VIII — IX century). A three-meter sculpture of the God of Death carved in rock the block, on the way from Galle to Weligama. Nearby is the entrance to the cave of Kutaraja, where according to legend lived a leper Sinhala ruler who managed to defeat the deadly disease, eating only coconut milk.
Excursion to blue whales (whales Watching)
Local waters are home to blue whales in the winter, and away from the Wharf between the beaches of Weligama and Mirissa daily trips to see blue whales and dolphins. This is a very exciting spectacle, and here on this tour rush with all resorts of Sri Lanka.
To view whales, enough to buy a tour from your hotel or Agency on the street from 6000 rupees. What is good for children up to 13 years pay 50% and for children under 6 years of age generally do not need to pay. If you want to save, can walk to the Marina (located between mirissa and Weligama) and there to buy the ticket directly on Board. Minimum known to us prices when buying on the pier – 4,000 rupees, but you might find cheaper.
Tours start early in the morning (7 am) and lasts 4 to 7 hours, depending on the presence of whales. Some operators offer a free second tour if you do not see whales the first day. Some even return the money in this case. Here are a couple of well-known operators: http://www.whale-watching-mirissa.com/, http://www.rajaandthewhales.com/
As for the season, the most successful season to see whales from December to April. At this time whales a lot, and you can see them from really close range. In low season tours also not stop, but the chances of seeing whales up close is very little.
And, keep in mind that sailing on a small boat for 7 hours – not a pleasant occupation. Please be remedy for motion sickness, and try not to climb to the upper deck, if it is very much prone to motion sickness. And yet, for shooting whales need a good telephoto lens (more optical zoom).