Excursions around Weligama

Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort arranges short excursions to places of interests on most afternoons during the week. These excursions are free of charge to resident guests.



Currently, the following tours are available at the resort:
  • "Matara Tour" - Veherahena Temple, Dondra Temple and Lighthouse at Dondra

  • "Galle Tour" - Old Dutch Fort

  • Koggala Museum

  • The markets and bazars around Weligama

Weligama is situated at the southern tip of Sri Lanka, about 15 miles (24 km) from the historic city of Galle. Half an hour's drive, along the scenic coastal route, brings you to Galle.

Weligama itself is known for its beautiful sun-drenched beaches - and the spectacular sight of stilt fishermen, whom you will not find anywhere else on the island.

The stilt fishermen have a unique style of fishing: it involves casting their lines from a perch on a sturdy pole, 20-50 meters out into the sea. Nobody knows how or why they created this unusual technique, but it seems to work. The stilts are passed on from generation to generation, and they are jealously guarded.

Weligama has a long history. The famous Kustarajagala is a rock carving, depicting a Bodhisatva (potential Buddha) Avalokitheswara. The rock carving dates back some 1500 years, and is surrounded in myth and legend.

Our guests can also arrange the following special day trips from the resort, for an extra charge. 


Mulkirigala rock temple 

Described as the “little Sigiriya”, Mulkirigala consists of a series of rock monasteries carved out of the face of a huge outcrop, built during the 2nd century BC. 

It is a mixture of religious and secular (non-religious) paintings and sculptures, with several reclining Buddhas among them. The beautiful paintings are based on stories connected with the past lives of the Buddha. 


Udawalawe National Park

Mulkirigala is located in the South East of Sri Lanka. It is a major eco-tourism destination. The game park is famous for its elephants, water buffalo, monitor lizards, sambar dear and the occasional leopard. It is also an exciting location for bird watching enthusiasts.

The “Lonely Planet” guide book states that the park “rivals the fauna reserves of Africa”. The park’s 30,821 hectares are located around the large Udawalawe Reservoir, which is fed by the Walawe river.

 

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