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Must try water activities in Weligama – Feed your inner adrenaline junkie

Located on the famed southern coast of Sri Lanka, Weligama is popular due to its large number of water activities. The bay provides the perfect environment thanks to its calm seas.


Stand up paddle boarding

Stand up paddle boarding is spreading like wildfire through the town. If you are looking for other options than surfing, this is one of the best. The many operators along the beach are friendly enough to teach you the ropes and soon enough, you can catch the waves like a professional. The prices vary from place to place so be prepared to bargain if you are looking to get the best deal.



If you are in the mood for something more calming and relaxing, opt for canoeing around the calm bay. You have the choice of enrolling for a kayaking tour where an experienced guide takes you along the bay to interesting locations and the adjoining lake or you can go solo if you are confident enough. This is one of the best ways to take in the town's amazing coastline, the many palm trees adjoining it and the Indian Ocean.



A list of things to do in Sri Lanka will not be complete without the mention of surfing. The town also houses the acclaimed 'Surf Beach' where many surfers flock to regularly. There are facilities for both newbies as well as experienced surfers with the multitude of operators more than happy to help you learn the sport. The water has a lot of frequently visited surf breaks that are ideal for surfing, with waves reaching a height of up to five feet, on average. On a lucky day, you might even witness them rising up to ten feet. With sand covering the bottom of the beaches, you need not be wary of rocks either. One can find operators along any of the beaches in the town or close to most hotels such as Mosvold Hotels. Certain hotels offer surfing facilities and equipment themselves so it is worth checking up with the place you are staying in.


Whale and Dolphin Watching

Weligama is one of the major locations for whale watching in Sri Lanka. The best times to view the dolphins and the whales are during the months of October and April. Many places organize tours that take you to see whales as they pass through the Indian Ocean. You can view up to twenty different species of whales as they frolic around in the water. The dolphins tend to be more of a treat to watch. They usually swim close to the vessel and jump out of the water just a few feet away from you.



Quite obvious but swimming is simply a delight in these waters. The beach tends to be shallow at most points making it ideal for families and kids. Not just swimming, the kids can spend a leisurely day by the beach as you take a dip in the bay. The beach has lifeguards to keep an eye so you are in safe hands at all times.

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