Everything you need to know about Weligama

Find out more about surfing in and around Weligama for all levels, what Weligama and Sri Lanka has to offer and other information for your stay at our Kima surf camp in Weligama.

Weligama is famous for its coastline. Weligama in fact means "sandy village". A two kilometre long shallow sandy beach makes it the perfect location for surfing, snorkelling and coral watching.

Surfing for beginner and intermediate surfers

Due to this shallow sand beach and small and consistent waves, it is THE best place for beginner surfers to learn how to surf. Because of its largeness the beach can accommodate a lot of surfers hence you can always find a spot that isn’t too crowded.

You can book our "Learn-to-surf" surf school staying at our camp in Weligama, if you are a beginner.
As you improve, or if you are already an intermediate surfer, you only have to paddle out further to catch some bigger waves. When we have a little more swell at the beach – beginner and intermediate surfers are going to love surfing at Fishermans Bay, a short Tuk Tuk ride away from the camp.

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Surfing for advanced surfer

If you are an advanced surfer we got you covered as well. Weligama is conveniently located in the middle of the best surf spots in the southwest of Sri Lanka. To the east you will find Mirissa and Mature, to the west you'll find Galle and Hikkaduwa.

With Tuk-Tuks we will bring you to the best spots of the day. With our local knowledge and surf camp experience we will pick them based on swell, tide, wind and weather conditions. This will allow you to hit the best waves on the coast on any day.

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Surfing at our surf camp

Surfing at our surf camp

You will be given access to sign up for two surf sessions daily once you are in the camp and choose which surf spots of the day you’d like. Kima operates a morning and afternoon session for surfing with plenty of down time to eat, chill and prepare between your sessions.

Our experienced guides will always be happy to assist you to choose the best spot for your level if you’re having a hard time deciding!

Things to do in and around Weligama

Weligama was once a small fishing village and has now turned into a lively beach town. On the main strip you can find lots of restaurants as well as a market that draws tourists and locals alike.

Just in front of Weligama Beach you find Taprobane Island, originally called “Galduwa”. It is a private island but still makes a great photography opportunity. You can reach it during low tide. Venture to Bandrawatta Beach, a lovely natural cove beach that offers sheltered swimming, 3 km southwest of Weligama.

There is plenty to see and do around Weligama for the more adventurous if you don't want to just relax by the beach.

Yes, you will be able to see elephants! Book a safari to the Udawalawe National Park where elephants are a guaranteed sight with an estimated population of around 600 living in their natural habitat. Or you can visit the Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

Udawalawe National Park
Yala National Park

If you visit the Yala National Park you might get lucky seeing a leopard. The park is the second largest in Sri Lanka with the highest concentration of leopards in the world.

Did you know you can even watch whales in Sri Lanka? Between November and April you can spot blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins during a whale watching tour off the coast of Mirissa.

You can book all these activities when booking your stay at our Sri Lankan camps.

Explore Galle and its dutch fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, during a day trip. It is a one-hour drive away and a must see while on surf holidays in Sri Lanka. The lighthouse is the oldest in Sri Lanka (built in 1848 by the British) and still in use.

Getting to Weligama

Weligama is located on Sri Lanka’s Southern coast in-between Galle and Mirissa. The nearest airport is located in Negombo, which is about three hours away from Weligama. We can arrange to pick you up from the airport and bring you back in time for your departure.

Getting to Sri Lanka

These are the following documents and information you will need to organise your trip to this beautiful island.

All travellers must have a valid tourist online visa through eta.gov.lk.

1) Fully vaccinated travellers do not have to present a Covid-19 PCR or antigen test
2) Not vaccinated & not fully vaccinated travellers are not required to isolate or undertake a test on arrival, however, they must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test 72 hours or an antigen test 48 hours prior to departure.


Current situation in Sri Lanka

The state of emergency decreed by the government was lifted on August 18, 2022.

Things are getting back to normal and tourists have started coming back. The nightlife in Colombo is back again and people are out and about. Sri Lanka is still the beautiful country as it was before the crisis, with its nice and welcoming people and its delicious food.

It will still be more quiet than usual in the beginning of this high season, but tourism is expected to pick up again. But less tourists also means more waves for you.

There still can be some supply shortages but only in individual cases the shortage of energy and fuel has also affected tourist activities - e.g. safaris, excursions. Our camps itself are running smoothly and you will have everything you need for a perfect surf vacation.

We do recommend not to start political discussions and not to go to protests in Colombo. You will also be on the safe side getting adequate travel insurance We can’t wait to welcome you back to beautiful Sri Lanka!