Weligama is a popular tourist destination and hosts several boutique hotels. The name Weligama itself, in Sinhala, means `Sandy Village’ which is a direct reference to the sandy bay beach in the town.The loveliest stretch of the bay beach is around the island of Taprobane. Most often dozens of traditional colourful outrigger boats are seen pulled up following their night fishing expeditions.
Most visitors simply drive through, come to take surfing lessons, or stop to photograph some of Sri Lanka’s famous stick fishermen. The famous Taprobane House is perched on a tiny island along the way.