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“Good surf beach” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Visit Weligama

Visit Weligama
Galle Road, Weligama, Matara 84000, Sri Lanka
072 706 9808
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Ranked #5 of 8 Attractions in Weligama
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Other
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Beijing, China
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“Good surf beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

While Weligama doesn't have the prettiest beaches in Sri Lanka (head just down the road to Mirissa) it's a great spot for beginner and more advanced surfers. The waves are consistent and easy (in December at least), and it's a good environment to feel at ease when just beginning, though the water can be a bit crowded in the morning and before sunset.

You can walk up to a beach-side surf board rental spot and get a basic lesson for about $20 which also gives you a day of board rental. The following days you can rent boards for about $1-2/hr and eat coconuts for $.50 to re-hydrate and re-fuel! Not many great restaurants but some good street food near the bus station or check out awesome organic bites, including great vegan ice cream, at Gecko's! To note, women may find it more comfortable to travel in groups with male companions, as the area is quite male-dominated, especially at night.

You can also stay at a hotel right on the surfing beach for about $30/night, or go nearby for $15-20.

Visited December 2013
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“Great surf spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Weligama is perfect for surfing and way cheaper then all the other nearby places. Also good for beginning surfers.

Visited December 2013
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Kiev, Ukraine
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“Good place for surfers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Many nice fish markets with fresh lobsters, snappers and jimbos. Lovely ocean views with high tides.

Visited November 2013
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“Weligama Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Went to the Weligama beach for water sports and also visited the Weligama bay resort for lunch...its a beautiful beach and Weligama bay resort is a lovely boutique hotel right on the Weligama beach..Lovely food and great ambiance

Visited September 2013
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“A nice stop by the beach for tea from your own flask.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Weligama does have a nice beach and we often stopped by a shade to have tea and stretch. Tea by the beach while watching the fishing boats is not a bad idea for 30 minutes or so if you were looking to stretch out a bit before hitting the road again. If you own quality lenses, be it binoculars or a camera use it and you will enjoy!

The town is a busy and noisy one. Why would you go here anyways? Do not be surprised to see litter on the beach. We Sri Lankans are still lacking in this department. It would be ideal to pass through this strip of beach early in the morning or evening (consider traffic in the evening). Mid day would be a bad idea with the sun and heat.

There is a paid bathroom facility run by the local municipality somewhere along the beach. This is alright to spend a penny. Your driver should know the location and it is alright to stop by for a short break.

Visited February 2013
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