Things To Do

Exploring UNESCO world heritage sites to riding 6 feet curls, there is plenty to do here at Weligama

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. The plethora of things to do in Weligama is carefully curated and our staff will aid you in designing the perfect outing.

Swim and snorkel in the aquamarine bay beneath Cape Weligama. Explore neighbouring coves by kayak or learn to surf on Weligama’s legendary curls. The Adventure Centre, staffed by an experienced team of professionals, offers a comprehensive range of PADI dive courses and other offshore activities including private sunset cruises and banana boating.

Cape Weligama redefines whale watching in Mirissa, taking you beyond the bay area to open waters, making it an experience that must be on your to-do list! (Mirissa and Weligama are sister towns on the opposite sides of the Weligama Bay).

Away from this idyllic coastline, explore Sri Lanka’s lush rural hinterland of sleepy villages, paddy fields, meandering lagoons and ancient temples by guided bicycle ride. Take a boat or kayak out on nearby Koggala Lake, its tranquil lagoon edged by fragrant cinnamon gardens and tropical wildlife.

For adventures further afield, must-see destinations include Mirissa’s vibrant boat harbour and the historic Galle Fort where cobbled streets encased in coral and granite walls reveal ochre washed collonaded houses, colonial churches, and renowned jewellery boutiques.

Borderlands Adventure Centre at Cape Weligama - Sri Lanka

Borderlands Adventure Centre at Cape Weligama

Our Adventure Centre, operated by Borderlands, is located on East Beach, a 5-minute walk from the Cove Pool at Cape Weligama. Plunge into the depths of the ocean to discover a hidden world of colour and life, kayak through the glistening waters or try your hand at SUP boarding or surf like a pro. The choice is yours.

Surfing in Weligama

Surfing in Weligama

The surf run just next to Cape Weligama is special and relatively unknown. It is overlooked by Cape Weligama’s main restaurant - Ocean Terrace and early breakfasters have a ringside seat. Main left-hand break and right that works over 3ft. Both hold to 6ft and have very shallow reef in parts and a 500m paddle out but also 400m rides. Great at sunrise before the other surfers turn up about 7 am.
The main Weligama bay, about 3 km away, is an excellent place to learn to surf with soft, sandy beach waves that rarely exceed one meter. The shallow, sandy bay and gentle waves that roll onshore here particularly suit beginners and young surfers. Our Adventure Centre can fix you up with a local instructor and all the required gear; speak to one of the team from the centre for more information.

Hosted Tour of a Working Cinnamon Plantation

Hosted Tour of a Working Cinnamon Plantation

Top House is a beautiful working cinnamon estate of 25 acres, just inland from Weligama and within a 10-minute drive of Cape Weligama. There the cinnamon grows on the steep slopes of a high hill in this cinnamon heartland.

Ocean Safari & Whale Watching at Cape Weligama

Cape Weligama Signature Ocean Safari

Set sail on Cape Weligama’s signature Ocean Safari experience, in search of blue and sperm whales, spinner dolphins and other marine wildlife. The experience is guided by a Cape Weligama naturalist and includes a scrumptious breakfast on board.

Rural Bike Ride

Rural Bike Ride

Take a ride through the leafy, scenic back-roads of a typical southern village that lies inland from Weligama. The trail snakes its way alongside lush rice paddies, rubber and cinnamon estates, small-holder plantations and home gardens, places of worship, rural homes.

Handunugoda Tea Factory

Handunugoda Tea Factory

Low-country tea plantation within sniffing distance of the sea, owned by third-generation planter and author Herman Gunarathne. Famed for its ‘virgin white tea’, which retails for over US$1,500/kg, and stocks the shelves of tip-top tea gourmands Mariage Frères in Paris. Guided tours of the serene estate include a walk-through of the antiquated factory and tea tasting session with cake.

Galle Fort UNESCO World Heritage Site

Galle Fort UNESCO World Heritage Site

Galle, Sri Lanka's southern seaside metropolis, is an attractive and increasingly cosmopolitan town, dotted with sights, shops and eateries, not to mention one of the world's most iconic test cricket grounds. Its main landmark and the hub of most tourist action is its mighty fort, a perfectly preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history that dates back over 400 years. Conceived by the Portuguese, built by the Dutch and modified by the British, Galle's Fort is an eye-catching, photo-worthy hybrid of architectural styles. It is about 30 minutes from Cape Weligama by car.

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