Weligama literally means `Sandy Village’. The name is given because of its sandy sweep bay. Situated in Matara district at a distance of 143 km from Colombo, Weligama is a quiet fishing town, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Close to the shore there is an off shore islet known as Taprobane where a dream house of French Count de Maunay was built on. Taprobane is a tiny private island with beautiful views of the ocean and Weligama Bay. It is an enchanting retreat and perfect for a family or small group.
Matara Fort, built by the Dutch around 1640, is a major tourist attraction.A 40m high lighthouse, built in 1890 to provide guidance to the shipping route south of Sri Lanka, is located at Dondra or Devinuwara 6 km east of Matara.Another attractive tourist spot is the shrine dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu at Devinuwara The Aggrabodhi Vihara is an ancient temple established in the 3 century BC.