Weligama Sri Lanka: surfing, hotels, hostels and restaurants

Weligama Sri Lanka … I have traveled to Sri Lanka 2 times already and it feels like my home away from home. The 2nd time I spend all my time on the south coast. The ‘danger’, when you start your trip here, is that you don’t want to leave the ocean anymore. All the beautiful beaches, the relaxed surf vibe, the nice cafes and digital nomad hotspots, make the south coast a paradise where you won’t get bored. I wrote blog posts about the beautiful bay Hiriketiya and my favorite stay Dots Bay House. This time I stayed in Weligama, Midigama and Ahangama for longer periods of time. Next month I will be going back for my 3rd visit…. Here’s a list of all my Weligama tips and highlights!

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Weligama is the place for anyone who has never touched a surf board before and has now gathered enough courage to try a little nose dive. There are plenty of good surf schools and accommodations here. Because Weligama is located in a bay, the waves are mild and conditions are good almost every day. But even if you prefer to keep your cavities salt-free, you can also have a great time here. For example: get ice cream at Cruising Smoothly! Here’s a list of all of my other favorites!

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Great surf schools & surf camps in Weligama

Although I, obviously, haven’t tested them all myself, I’ve heard many good stories about the schools below from other travelers. Most spots offer all-in packages: lodging, food, surf and yoga lessons. You have to spend many hours in the ocean to learn how to surf and be willing to nose dive… a lot, but from the moment you are able to stand on your board for the first time, it is incredibly addictive!

LaPoint: great organization, with locations all over the world. Not cheap, but LaPoint works with carefully selected professionals and the accommodations always look stunning and luxurious. They are also featured in my blog post on the best surf and yoga retreats around the world.
Kima Surf: this is where I am going to stay for a week next month! Wonderful place, with great reviews and you surf 2 times a day here. 
Layback Surf Camp: a somewhat smaller school, with a very cozy rooftop! A travel friend raved about her days here.
Basecamp
Solid Surf House
Lucky’s Surf Camp

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Breakfast/brunch and lunch in Weligama

Moochies: always busy, but with good reason. Loved it all.
Deli Ceylon
Nomad Cafe Boutique
Hangtime Hostel: friendly, all-day hangout with a nice view of the bay. It can be very crowded and noisy here though.

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Restaurants in Weligama

Ceylon Sliders: as far as I’m concerned, the best place for sunset drinks. The food and cocktails here are insanely delicious! The staff likes to flirt, so your G&T is served with a little ego boost…..
Fat Burner Live Kitchen
Crazy Burger
Hangten Rooftop Restaurant
Rise

Weligama Sri Lanka - Secret BeachAn evening at Ceylon Sliders and the beautiful Secret Beach (Mirissa).

Great hostels and hotels in Weligama
(Click on the colored names for rates and availability)

Ceylon Sliders: this is where I ended my 2nd trip to Sri Lanka last year and slept like a princess in a huge room. At the entrance is a very nice little store, where you can buy the cutest souvenirs.
Mudra Hostel
Madla Rooms
Island Sisters
The Spindrift Hostel
Hangtime Hostel
Beatroot Hostels
Layback: although this is a surf school, you can also book single nights there.
Ocean Tribe

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My beautiful room at Ceylon Sliders | best hostels and hotels in Weligama

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Next week I will be going back to Sri Lanka for several weeks. The country is currently in a difficult economical crisis. There are a number of things you can do as a traveler to help.

· Book your accommodations with locals as much as possible. In Sri Lanka you will find many beautiful home stays and small hotels run by locals fully equipped with modern conveniences. For example, within crawling distance of the popular Doctor’s House is Seadina Coral Home. After a night of sweaty dancing nextdoor, you’ll be in your lovely air-conditioned room in two blinks of an eye and the next morning the owner will prepare you a huge breakfast to heal a possible hangover. Even bicycle rental is included. I loved it here.

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· Bring notebooks and pens for Sri Lankan children. Due to a shortage of paper, many exams could not be done this year.

· Also bring plenty of medicine from home, such as paracetamol and antibiotics. Not only for yourself, but you will make the locals extremely happy with paracetamol (including those for children)!

Have you been to Weligama and do you think something is missing in this list, please let me know! If so, I will definitely visit your favorit spot next month!

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