Weligama, meaning “Sandy Village”, is lies 30km east of Galle. The main industry in the area has traditionally been fishing, and Weligama’s stilt fisherman are famous for their unique methods used to catch fish. The people of Weligama are also known for their lace making, an art introduced to the area by the Portuguese in the 16th century.
The area is currently home to a number of boutique hotels and resorts.
This is a truly Sri Lankan cultural phenomenon and a common
sight to see along the Southern Coast. A walk on the beach would enable
you to experience the extraordinary sight of fishermen perched on poles
which are entrenched in the seabed, patiently awaiting their catch.