Weligama

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Weligama
Weligama Beach
Weligama Beach
Weligama is located in Sri Lanka
Weligama
Weligama
Coordinates: 5°58′26″N 80°25′46″E / 5.97389°N 80.42944°E / 5.97389; 80.42944Coordinates: 5°58′26″N 80°25′46″E / 5.97389°N 80.42944°E / 5.97389; 80.42944
Country Sri Lanka
Province Southern Province
Government
 • Chairman H.H Mohamed
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)
 • Summer (DST) Summer time (UTC+6)

Weligama is a town in Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. The term Weligama literally means "sandy village" which refers to the area's sandy sweep bay. Tourism & Fishing are two main business. Situated at a distance of 144 km from Colombo, Weligama is a popular tourist destination and hosts several boutique hotels. It is most famous for its distinct stilt fishermen and an off shore islet known as Taprobane, where a dream house of French Count de Mauny was built, and is owned today by Geoffrey Dobbs (www.taprobaneisland.com). There are many sites of historical importance and tourist attractions within Weligama and its vicinity, one of the more interesting being "a colossal standing statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, carved in a rock...known locally as kustaraja, 'Leper King'...regarded as being a portrait of the stricken Cambodian ruler"[1] located on top of the 'Terrace of the Leper King' at Angkor Wat.

In Weligama there are Sinhalese, Moors (Arabs), Tamils, Malays and Burghers. Also, all major religions are represented in Weligama including Islam, Buddhism, Christianity (both Catholics and Protestants) and Hinduism.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Willetts, William. An Angkor Roundabout. Unpublished manuscript, soon (2014) to be published online by the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society (Singapore)