Traditional stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka 02 Jul 2017

Posted on 02 Jul 2017
Traditional stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka
Traditional stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka
Traditional stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka

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One of the most famous sights of a visit to Sri Lanka is that of stilt fishermen off the island's south coast. Driving the coastal road to Galle, near the somewhat scruffy town of Ahangama, keep your eyes open and you should spot at least one fisherman plying his trade in this unique way. This distinctive form of fishing is still practised by around 500 fishing families in southern Sri Lanka, although it is physically tough and only results in small catches.

However, tourist dollars continue to prop up the viability of the method, so the tip you may be asked for in order to take photos is well worthwhile. From relaxing on beaches to meeting locals and navigating colonial Galle, explore Sri Lanka's southern coast on Insight Guides' Sri Lanka: Culture and Coast holiday

This article was originally published on 16 September, 2015

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