There is a small village on the southern coast of Sri Lanka called Weligama. It is a lovely place where local fishermen have adopted an almost unique way of fishing. As you approach Weligama along the coast road east from Galle you will encounter Sri Lanka’s famous stilt fishermen. Each fisherman has a long pole with a crossbar that is stuck in the seabed close to the shore. The fishermen wade or swim out to these poles at times when the sea and fish are running in the right direction. They then perch on the crossbar, cast out their lines, and wait patiently for a nibble. The origin of this unusual fishing technique is unknown, but it is so successful that each stilt position is highly prized and handed down from father to son.
TRINCO Is a Port city and lies in the east coast of Sri Lanka. It is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking culture on the island. The city is home to the famous ancient Koneswaram temple. The Bay of Trincomalee's harbour is renowned for its large size and security; unlike any other in the Indian Sea, it is accessible to all types of craft in all weathers. The beaches are used for surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching. The city also has the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka. It is home to major Sri Lankan naval bases and a Sri Lankan Air Force base. This is the 5th biggest natural harbor in the world and a strategic location. Many western countries have sought their military bases in this part of the country.
The Bay of Trincomalee's harbour is renowned for its large size and security; unlike every other in the Indian Sea, it is accessible to all types of craft in all weathers. The beaches are used for surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching. The city also has the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka. It is home to major Sri Lankan naval bases and a Sri Lankan Air Force base.
PASSIKUDA Is a coastal resort town located in the east coast of Sri Lanka. Pasikuda is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world. In other words, people can walk many kilo meters into the ocean which is only a few inches deep with crystal clear water and very low currents. It is a bay protected by the ocean. It is popular for having a flat bed with soft sand which is pleasant on the feet. This beach is located next to Kalkuda to the south and Vakarai to the north, both world famous beaches which is still un spoilt ideal for sea bathing.
Located 320 km east of Colombo, this town came alive only after the 2004 Tsunami which wiped every structure on the coastal belt including the 1960 iron bridge which linked Potuvil to the south. This small town of about 2,500 inhabitants didn’t know how close proximity they had to a World Famous Beach until of recent years. Currently, this laid back slow town boasts of being one of the Top 5 Best Surfing spots in the world. At present, there are no Five Star accommodation on offer as there are non available. However, there are several small cozy guests houses chalets that give comfortable cheap accommodation. This town is the gateway to Yala East also known as the Kumana Bird Sanctuary.
NEGOMBO is located at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon, about 7 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport. Negombo has a small port, and its economy is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry, though it also produces cinnamon, ceramics, and brass ware.
“A characteristic Fishing town of North of Colombo, it is a mere 6 Km from the International Airport. Set amid lush groves of Coconut Palms, it breathes the spirit of the Sea. Negombo is a gourmet's paradise with Sea food in plenty. Old world fishing craft like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran still can be seen.
The beach of Hikkaduwa is situated 98 km from Colombo towards the south of Sri Lanka. This fun coastal town 14 kms from Galle was the first (1960's) of Sri Lanka's beautiful beaches to be discovered by tourists. Snorkeling and diving in the clear waters are the major past-time along this stretch and is the most environmentally friendly way to see the colorful fish that dart around. The coral sanctuary found on the coast of Hikkaduwa is a large shallow body of water enclosed by a reef, decorated with layers of multi colored corals, witch is home to countless number of colorful fish. Off the beach there is a collection of tine islets surrounded by beautiful coral formations. Many species of fish and large turtles are found here.There are more than four different shipwrecks for diving enthusiasts to explore along with dive shops offering PADI courses and equipment. Plenty of beachfront accommodation and a reputation as the second best surf spot in Sri Lanka by the international board-riding set, and the reason so many visit Hikkaduwa is blatantly clear.
The resort area has now engulfed two or three villages south of it, and is now a 4km strip of hotels, shops, bars, restaurants and guesthouses. The beaches are nice and wide and swimming is safe here, though the currents are stronger south of Hikkaduwa proper. The impressive coral reef runs just offshore and is still populated by exotic fish and sea turtles. Glass bottomed boats are available for visitors wanting to admire the wonders of the deep while keeping their feet dry!
After a shot distance southwards from the center of the reef, it diminishes given rise to a wider sandy bottomed beach with good waves ideal for board surfing and body surfing. You can always rent the necessary equipment needed for snorkeling and surfing. Hikkaduwa is an established tourist destination and the surfing there is quite well known. You won't see the Indonesian style overcrowding here though. The reef is coral so a first aid kit and booties are handy. Localism is usually not a problem though we have seen some tourists get some hassle. Respect them and they leave you alone pretty much. There are many shops selling Masks, Gems, Jewellery, Batik, Antiques and etc. along with several Buddhist temples, all which add spice to life at Hikkaduwa.
Bentota is a tourist destination in the southern coastal belt and consists of beautiful beaches and a handful of world-class hotels. It is a destination for water sports. Bentota also delivers an ancient art of healing called Ayurveda which uses herbal medicines for its remedies. It is also famous for its toddy production, an alcoholic beverage made out of coconut nectar. There are turtle hatcheries, boat rides in the fresh water rivers through typical Sri Lankan villages which must be experienced.
BENTOTA is a coastal city located on the southern tip of the Galle District. The name comes from a mythical story which dates back to kings time saying a demon called Bem ruled this river. Bentota is a tourist attraction, with a local airport ‘Bentota River’ and a handful of world-class hotels. It is a destination for water sports. Bentota also delivers an ancient art of healing called Ayurveda. Bentota is famous for its toddy production, an alcoholic beverage made out of coconut nectar. Bentota is a historical place described in ancient messenger poems (sandeśa kāvya). The Galapatha Viharaya is one of a cluster of five ancient temples in the region.