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Stilt fishing is a method of fishing unique to the island country of Sri Lanka, known as “the Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a ‘petta’ tied to a vertical pole and driven into the sand a few meters offshore. From...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Koggala, Sri Lanka
+94 77 553 2463
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was good to see how they used to do fishing and actually have a go, and I actually caught a fish. Yes this is now a tourist attraction to make money, but everyone is entitled to make a living and this is part of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 646bobc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went along to see the stilt fisherman actually fishing and so were disappointed to discover that they were there purely as a money making venture and were trying to get people to have their photos taken on the stilts for a price which we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Trip744914
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is something I'd wanted to do and was determined to see As a result I talked to hotel drivers and tuc tuc drivers. If you go out at 5.30/6am you will see real fishermen if you go at 9.30am like I did, it is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sjjdxb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Of course we had to pay for photos but really a bit sad. One even brought in a dead tiddler on the end of his line to show they were fishing-yeh, right! Only a few feet from waters edge.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TravelBattler
Reviewed October 13, 2018

The Stilt Fishermen made an exotic picture in days of yore. There is some posing for tourist photographs (and touting for cash) but an interesting sight nonetheless.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank hdias
Reviewed October 8, 2018

We had read about the Stick Fishermen & seen the poles further along the coast but seeing them "in action" as they shimmied up their poles, so swiftly, was impressive. Each pole really is that with a couple of triangular "steps" & a crossbar rope...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sarah C
Reviewed October 3, 2018

It was fascinating to watch these men fishing. This was just down the beach from our hotel and we watched them fish for over half an hour. Quite incredible.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Michael F
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

I loved seeing the Stilt Fisherman & I don’t care that they just get up there for tourists, if they didn’t then tourists would not have the opportunity to see this Traditional way of fishing, we even saw one guy catch a small fish which...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Anniewhatto
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Nice way to get a photo but Please note most of these guys sit on the shore and wait for the tuk tuk with tourist to stop. The are willing to pose for you 6 "fishermen" go in the water hold thin sticks pretend to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 352milkap
Reviewed September 10, 2018

We all know they are not real... just posing for tourists and of course asking for a few rupee for the opportunity to take photos... can't blame them. I wouldn't sit up a pole all day for nothing either. The pictures are quite striking and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JazzyPerth
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