Stu wanted to do some more surfing while we were in Sri Lanka, so we decided to take the bus from Galle bus station to Weligama costing 44 rupees each.  The coastline that we travelled along was beautiful; we saw lots of incredible stilt fisherman.

When we arrived at Weligama we stayed at Castle Bay Resort, this hotel is a little bit out of the main centre, but this means it is nice and quiet.  The hotel was very new and was very clean and tidy. It was laid out in an unusual way, even including a bridge on the first floor between the areas.  We decided to eat at the hotel as it was a little way out of town, we had fresh fish for dinner.20160329_071946

IMGP1229From the hotel it was possible to walk down to a little fishing cove which we did at sunset, it was a really nice atmosphere with locals playing cricket. We wandered around the fishing boats, enjoying all of the wonderful colours in the sky and on the boats.20160328_182021Castle Bay Resort offered a yummy Sri Lankan breakfast in the morning of dhal curry, coconut rotties, fresh fruit juice and tea.  The restaurant area is located within a pretty garden and it’s a nice place to sit and enjoy the orchids and the little squirrels that run around.20160329_073820Stu wanted to do some surfing at Weligama so we got a tuk tuk from the hotel to the beach, it cost us 100 rupees.  The beach at Weligama is most popular for surfing, there aren’t many ‘sun worshippers’! There are lots of surf hire places along the beach front, all charge similar amounts about 300 rupees for an hour.  Stu used Surf n’ Lanka, while Debs enjoyed the complimentary sunloungers, even if they were a bit uncomfortable!20160329_105613

IMGP1241The beach at Weligama is a good beach for learning to surf, with small beach break and lots of white water. It’s consistent all year round for beginners conditions.IMGP1231

IMGP1236Stu had got a taste for surfing after a morning in Weligama, so we decided to take a tuk tuk to Midigama for 200 rupees and spend a night there.

We managed to get a cheap room at Subodinee guest house, in their second building a bit further back from the beach, but this also meant it was further away from the road noise. We paid 2500 rupees for the room including breakfast. It was a nice big triple room with a fan, and the building was in a lovely big garden.IMGP1252

20160329_121614In the area there are a few small cafes, guesthouses and amazing beaches! We spent a few hours sitting and relaxing on the beach and saw many turtles bobbing about in the sea just a few meters from the beach. It is a lovely beach with lots of good swimming spots and somenice swimming spots. IMGP1275

20160329_180356There are lots of traditional fish salting businesses on the sea front too, which are interesting to see.IMGP1259One of our favourite discoveries in Midigama was Cafe Pleasure and Homestay. This quaint cafe was opposite our guesthouse and was run by a local couple who spoke little English, but offered yummy fruit juices, ice-creams and dinner. We ate curry and rice for our dinner there and it cost 250 rupees!! This was our cheapest meal of the trip and was good.IMGP1254

IMGP1280The following morning we ate breakfast at Subodinee who offered a choice. Debs enjoyed a fresh fruit salad with rice museli and curd, a local delicacy in Sri Lanka, and Stu decided to go for the Western eggs, bean and sausage.  Subodinee started off as a local tea house and we enjoyed one of our best cup of teas of our trip here.20160330_073812We found while we were in Sri Lanka the surfing was best early in the morning and later in the afternoon, in the middle of the day the wind was a bit stronger.  Stu hired a board at 8am for 300 rupees per hour, there was a good selection of boards to hire in Midigama.  There are a choice of surf breaks, Stu went for one just to the West of Lazy Lefts which was a bit quieter.  He had a good time surfing and dodging turtles while Debs enjoyed lazing on the beach turtle watching!20160330_103141