Weligama Bay

Driving along the road that travers in front of Nature Trails about 20 minutes, you begin to notice the famous Stilt fishermen all the way towards Weligama. At one end of the sleepy town, stands a megalith to the memory of Kustaraja- the Leper king- who became miraculously cured of his dreaded disease by consuming copious amounts of King Coconut water.

The catamarans are a good way to grab a ride round this picturesque bay, and fishermen are most obliging in between fishing trips. At the prettiest end of the bay, you can wade out at low tide to She-devil Island or Taprobane, which appears like an islet out of a James Bond movie. It was built in the 30s by Count de Mauny, a French landscape architect who created this legendary folly on a piece of land which was originally a cobra dump. The American writer Paul Bowles lived on Taprobane Island for four years. During this time he wrote the novel Spiders House.