With a name that translated to English literally means "sandy village", Weligama is indeed a sandy paradise in Sri Lanka's Matara district, on the blessed shoreline of the country's picturesque southern coast. Sitting right by a sweeping bay, this little beach town is a highly popular holiday destination with an exquisite collection of several boutique hotels. A place depending solely on fishing and tourism as its main sources of income, Weligama offers visitors the charm of an undisturbed fishing village with the exclusivity of world class hotels and resorts, with varied accommodation suiting all budgets and needs. The place to enjoy long walks on largely uncrowded beaches, Weligama still remains fairly untouched by mass tourism allowing visitors to get to know the locals better and admire the famous stilt fishing men, found in an offshore islet known as Taprobane. In addition to beach and sun, Weligama also offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities with places of historical interest within and around the town's vicinity.
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