Weligama is a small fishing town located about 30 km (19 mi) east of Galle. It is relatively quiet and is located around a broad bay. The name Weligama is translated to Sandy Village, and describes the surrounding landscape. The beach is also known for its stilt fishermen. Weligama can be reached by the main A2 Colombo-Galle-Matara motor way, the Southern Expressway and the Colombo-Matara Railway line.