• Cuurate - Weligama

WELIGAMA

Known for its distinctive stilt fisherman that can be seen in the early hours of the
morning and early evening it is a perfect spot to learn to surf. Just a 5 minute drive
from the Harbour, you may depart on an excursion to witness the blue whale and
dolphins.
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/ STILT FISHERMAN OF WELIGAMA /

A method of fishing unique to the island, Stilt fishermen sit on a cross bar called a
‘petta’ tied to a vertical pole and driven into the sand a few meters offshore. Although
the approach looks primitive and ancient, stilt fishing is actually a recent tradition
with the practice dating back to World War II when there were food shortages.

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/ WELIGAMA FISHING BOATS /

Fishing is the main industry in the coastal areas of Sri Lanka and for which Weligama
is renowned. The Weligama fishermen set out their boats at night on the high seas
and return the next day.

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