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EXPLORE the south coast

Weligama is the perfect place to explore the Southern Sri Lankan culture. Although the village is becoming more and more popular with tourists, scenario’s of local daily life can be found on every street corner. At Layback, we would like to invite you to explore authentic Weligama with us. Join for a cooking class, create your very own batik print, meet some of the local entrepreneurs or simply enjoy the ever-so-beautiful sunset on the beach.

Ready more about these topics on the blog! 

 
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SURF

Weligama is one of Sri Lanka’s top destinations for surfers! At Layback we offer surf retreats as well as surf lessons for all levels. We have also put together a surf guide to all of the breaks in Weligama and its surroundings and an overview of surf etiquette.

 

BEACHES

The southern coastline of Sri Lanka is one of the most divine in the world! Sandy beaches and lush turquoise water are portrayed against jungle-like palm tree formations. We put together a list of our favourites… Hit the button below to view the post.

Dalawella Beach Unawatuna. Layback Surf Retreat Weligama Sri Lanka. Surf school. Surf lessons. Private rooms & Dorms. Surf camp. Boutique Hotel, Hostel.
 
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batik workshop

Create your very own Batik design! Visit Weligama’s Batik Centre, ran by Thilina’s aunt. During this two hour workshop you will learn how to make the pattern, using either strings or wax.

The price of the workshop is 2500 LKR and takes two to four hours. You can either bring your own item or design your own! For this second option, you need to drop by the store two days in advance to pick your design and take measurements. Want to know more about this workshop? Read all about it on our blog!

 

cooking class

Always wanted to learn how to prepare and cook authentic Sri Lankan food? Then join this cooking class! The class takes up to two hours, depending on how many mouths need to be fed. You can choose if you wish to cook vegetarian, with fish or meat.

Let us know if you’re interested, we’re more than happy to book you in! Some of our guest visited the class and you can read about their experiences below.

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virgin white tea factory, ahangama

Sri Lanka is famous for its production of tea. A visit to Kandy, Ella or Nuwara Elyia is definitely worth a visit! Taking a break from beach life can be nice too.


But, did you know even the Southern part of our island has its tea plantations as well? Just a half an hour from Weligama, in the village of Koggala, lays the Handungoda Tea Estat. The estate produces the so called white tea. The “virgin” part of the name comes from the Chinese ritual of keeping the tea from human contact through all of its production stages.

 

temples

Religion is an important part of the Sri Lankan culture. Not surprisingly, there are many temples and religious destinations on this island that are of historic and cultural importance and thus worth a visit.

Weligama is home to several temples, one of which with a big Buddha statue, definitely worth a visit. But there are also a couple of famous temples around the southern part of Sri Lanka. Find out more about the temples by clicking on the button below

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safaris

Yala National Park
Stretching over 130,000 hectares, Yala is home to 44 mammal animals and 215 bird species. Among these is the leopard. Yala also has the highest concentration of leopards, thus many visit the park with hopes of seeing this magnificent animal Panthera pardus kotiya. The park consist of five different blocks, of which two are currently opened to the public.

Udawalawe
Udawalawe is most famous for the many species of water birds and the huge amount of elephants that roams free in the park. But Udawalawe is also home to many other mammals, birds, reptiles and fishes.

 

snorkeling and diving

Layback loves Momma Ocean, and so we don’t just surf. We like to go out snorkeling and diving too. Weligama and its surroundings has some beautiful spots to exploring the underwater world. Read more about our favourite spots here.

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yoga

Experienced yogi? Surfer in need of some stretching? Or do you simply want to dip your toe into the pool of yogi-land?

Weligama is becoming a hub for yogis and offers multiple locations to practice yoga. Find out more about when and where in our yoga-guide.