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Sri Lanka > Pictures and travelogues > Weligama, Mirissa, and Matara

Pictures from Weligama, Mirissa, and Matara in Sri Lanka: beaches, fishing boats, Taprobane island, and Crow island.

Weligama, Sri Lanka
Fishing boats in Weligama, Sri Lanka. 

Weligama (which means ‘Sandy Village’) is a fishing town located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka (Matara District), about 145 km away from the Capital of the country, Colombo.

With its long and wide sandy beach, it is one of the top beach holiday destinations in Sri Lanka. Outdoor activities include beach walking, fishing, and diving. T
he Weligama Bay is famous for stilt fishing (see the photo gallery about Ahangama).

Taprobane Island in Weligama, Sri Lanka
Taprobane Island in Weligama, Sri Lanka.

Taprobane Island is a small rocky islet close to the shore at Weligama. It is home to a luxury hotel. Originally it was built in 1925 by the French Count de Maunay-Talvande who fell in love with Weligama Bay. The property hosted later kings, presidents, prime ministers, and various writers. One of them, the American author and composer Paul Bowles, wrote parts of his novel The Spider's House in Taprobane Island. 

Mirissa, Sri Lanka
Beach in Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Mirissa is a small and quiet beach resort and fishing harbour situated on the southern coast of Sri Lanka (Matara District), about 150 km from Colombo, just 4 km south of  Weligama. Deep sea fishing and, in season, whales and dolphins watching are the main tourist activities available in Mirissa.

Matara in Sri Lanka
Crow Island in Matara, Sri Lanka. 

Matara is a large commercial town located in the deep south of Sri Lanka, about 160 km away from Colombo. It is is the last railway station of the southern railway lines in Sri Lanka.

The half a kilometer long beach, the ramparts and the well-preserved Dutch fort are the main tourist attactions of Matara. Crow island is a small islet facing Matara beach.


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