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Stilt Fishermen in Southern Coast Sri Lanka

“The only humans between us and the South Pole on an already sultry January morning were a handful of the iconic stilt fishermen, each perched on the narrow crossbar of a long wooden pole stuck into the seabed several dozen yards offshore” – Cynthia Rosenfed ; Conde Nast Traveler

Stilt fisherman along Sri Lanka’s southern coast are about as iconic as it gets for a tourist attraction The silhouettes of these anglers perched on their silts above a shallow reef, with the sun setting behind them never tires in its simplistic beauty. These days, it is as much a show for visitors as it is a viable source of income, and many fishermen still venture out, as the goodwill contributions of tourists does help support the local economy.


Our words of wisdom!
  • The perfect sideshow for any bike ride. Please note that stilt fishermen expect monetary contributions in return for pictures or any sort of interaction.
  • Stop for lunch at Café Ceylon. The Oysters and Prawn Dumplings are to die for!
distance to hotels
4 KM from Cantaloupe Aqua to Ahangama
8 KM from Cantaloupe Levels to Ahangama