Emerald hues of the coconut palm frond dappled headlands meet the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean along this isle’s curvaceous southern coast of Weligama, Sri Lanka. A thirty-minute coastal drive leads to the massive granite ramparts of the 400-year-old Dutch colonial Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearby, the slender white Dondra Lighthouse, built by the British in 1890, marks this island’s southernmost tip. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Weligama, is Mirissa. The area is often referred to synonymously, as the two towns are situated on the opposite sides of the Weligama Bay.
From exploring UNESCO world heritage sites to riding 6 feet curls, there is plenty to do here at Weligama.
Standing shoulder to shoulder with Weligama, is Mirissa. The area is often referred to synonymously, as the two towns are situated on the opposite sides of the Weligama Bay. Of the 100s of Mirissa Hotels and upcoming resorts in Weligama, Cape Weligama proudly stands tall as the best rated, most luxurious hotel on Sri Lanka’s Southern coast.
Embark on a hosted tour of a working cinnamon plantation just inland from Weligama and within a 10-minute drive of Cape Weligama.
Walk the nooks and crannies not on the commercial tourist routes and soak up the vibe of one of the most unique places in the world.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is our island’s only tropical rainforest. Research suggests more than 60% of the existing trees are endemic, and also considered rare.
The main Weligama Bay is an excellent place to learn to surf with soft, sandy beach waves that rarely exceed one meter.
This low-country tea plantation, famed for its ‘virgin white tea’, within sniffing distance of the sea is owned by third-generation planter and author Herman Gunarathne.
Things to Do
A thirty-minute coastal drive leads to the massive granite ramparts of the 400-year-old Dutch colonial Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Postcard perfect beaches, gently breaking waves and a kaleidoscopic underwater landscape sprinkled with historic wrecks, Sri Lanka’s southern coastline does not lack for magnetic charms.
Make your way to the Southern Highway E01 and head south, towards Matara / Hambantota. Exit at the Kokmaduwa Interchange (at the 116.5km marker) and take a right onto the B465 road towards Weligama. Travel 5kms to Weligama Town. At Weligama, take the Galle-Matara road towards Galle, travelling west. Pass Taprobane Island at Weligama Bay on your left, and travel approximately 2kms. Then, by a row of street vendors selling pottery items, turn left onto Abhimanagama Road and travel uphill for 500m to reach Cape Weligama.
Cape Weligama, located on the South Coast of Sri Lanka and is influenced by the south- western monsoon from May – July. The real feel of a tropical island is felt. Cape Weligama’s clifftop perch make it a great “storm watching” location, especially during afternoon thunder showers.