ACTIVITIES

Gorgeous Weligama Bay

Weligama, translated as ‘sandy village’, has about a two kilometer stretch of golden sandy beach.

The middle of the crescent shaped bay contains very shallow water from November to April, so is ideal for safe sea bathing.

Local operators offer PADI Scuba Diving courses from Open Water Diver to Divemaster. Ideal for discovering the beautiful dive sites around Weligama Bay and Mirissa.

Surfing Hotspot

The benign beach break at Weligama is ideal for novice surfers and many independent travellers learn to ride their first waves here.

Weligama has a number of surf schools, neatly organized under the trees at the right side of the bay. They have a wide range of foam, epoxy and fibre-glass boards for hire.

Some of the surf schools have competition level riders that have grown up on the local waves so have great experience. You can ask around and find a teacher you feel comfortable with.

World’s Best Whale Watching

During the season, Mirissa is the most reliable site in the world for seeing the difficult and desired
Blue Whale. It may also be the best place for seeing Sperm Whales. Large Baleen Whales and
Toothed Whales also come within sight of the shore.

Due to the calm seas between
December and April, there is an outstanding window of opportunity for observing Blue Whales
and Sperm Whales close to shore. Pods of Long-Snouted Spinner Dolphins are also commonly
observed on Whale Watching Trips from Mirissa.

Turtles

There are five varieties of sea turtles found in Sri Lanka, namely Olive Ridley Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle and Leatherhead Turtle. All major nesting habitats are located on the Deep South beaches.

There are a number of sea turtle Farm hatcheries maintained for the survival of Sea Turtles for the next generation. The Turtle Farm at Habaraduwa near Weligama has up to now released more than 500,000 sea turtles to the ocean.

Luxury Mini Boutique Hotel On Weligama Bay

Galle Fort

What To See
The ramparts of the Dutch Fort (1640) enclose a perfectly preserved Old Town of great historical and architectural value. UNESCO has designated some 200 buildings inside the fort as a World Heritage Site. You can walk down streets that have remained unchanged for over 300 years!

Where To Eat And Drink
Try excellent fusion seafood at The Fort Printers. At Fortaleza, Sri Lankan cooking with a Singaporean twist is served in what was once a spice warehouse.

The Dutch Hospital building has a great collection of bars like Sugar Bistro.

Shopping
Head to high quality boutiques such as Stick No Bills (vintage posters), Barefoot and Mimimango (clothes) and Spa Ceylon for herbal oils.

Mirissa And The Deep South

Mirissa
The famous party beach at Mirissa is just 10 minutes away. From November to April this resort becomes a sort of ‘mini-Goa’ and the whole beach lined with bars and restaurants.

Unawatuna
The original backpacker resort also has a sprawling collection of bars and restaurants along Beach Road. The shallow water beach at the end of the bay is the safest place in Sri Lanka for safe sea bathing.

The Secret Beaches
A walk over the ridge from Unawatuna takes you to the lush forest covered Jungle Beach – the closest that Sri Lanka gets to the South Pacific!

At Thalpe lies the little known but totally gorgeous Wijeya Beach with shallow water

The Tropical Interior

Just minutes away from the busy coastal belt of Sri Lanka the tropical landscape opens up to a verdant vista of paddy fields, coconut palms and even the odd low country tea estate.

Tea Estate
Handunugoda Tea Estate is the closest tea plantation in the world to the sea. Virgin White Tea is produced here – one of the most expensive teas in the world fetching a price of over 1500 USD per kilo!

Snake Farm
The Snake Farm near Weligama has 15 different varieties of serpents including some extremely large and serious-looking pythons. It has been a snake farm for over three generations and they still practice Ayurvedic snake medicine here.

Chill And Relax

Swimming Pool
You can just relax at the hotel, around the lovely swimming pool with chic sun loungers and parasols for shade.

The Living Room
The Living Room has a lovely sofa and dining table with a collection of interesting books and magazines.

Room Relaxation
Each room contains a 50 inch TV and media player with a classic film collection featuring the best movies of all time. Also included are a selection of beautifully filmed documentaries about wildlife and nature in Sri Lanka.

There are Bluetooth JBL speakers with I-Pods in each room too.