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Fishing on Stilts in Sri Lanka

The method of fishing on stilts is hereditary through many generations in Sri Lanka. It becomes the unique image of this island nation.

Sri Lanka is a world-renowned country with natural beauty of tropical forests, beaches and cultural heritage with temples over 2000 years old. However, there is a simple, unique culture that probably nowhere else in the world, which not everyone knows, is fishing on stilts.

Sitting on stilts to fish is a unique fishing method of the island nation of Sri Lanka, off the Indian coast of the Indian Ocean. Stilt fishing began during World War II. Shortages of food and over-fishing places make some people think of fishing on the water. At first, they sat on the wrecked shipwreck and the plane crashed, after which some began to build a stilts on the reef. This method has been passed down to generations of fishermen living along the southern coast 30 km long from the town of Unawatuna to Weligama.

Fishing on stilts is a traditional way of earning a living for the people of Sri Lanka and each stilt tree is considered a valuable asset passed down from generation to generation. On a stilts with a length of about 5 m, fishermen sit with a bar. Locals call the bar “petta”. From this prime location, they patiently waited for the fish to hook. Although this method may seem rudimentary and old, this is a way for people to preserve local traditions. They waited patiently for the fish to hook. Although this method may seem rudimentary and old, this is a way for people to preserve local traditions.

Profit from fishing declines. The 2004 tsunami devastated most of the Indian Ocean coast, distorting the Sri Lankan coast, so it was impossible to fish on stilts. Fishing stopped completely during the annual monsoon. Today, most fishermen no longer pass on their craft to their descendants, instead they hire people to sit on stilts fishing for photographers and tourists.

Why fishing makes you happier? (Part 1)

Fishing is good for your heart, helps you exercise after cancer treatment, cheers you up, and reduces stress.


Fishing one of the easiest outdoor sports to do. Irrespective of age, economy, social status, or even the ability to exercise, everyone can participate easily.

According to a recent study by the Outdoor Fishing Entertainment Organization: over 46 million Americans are fishing, one-third of them are women.

Here are some specific benefits of fishing:

Stay healthy

Fishing doesn’t necessarily increase your heart rate but to get the best out of it, you need to have some skills in sailing, biking or hiking. All of these benefits for the heart.

Certainly, spending more time outdoors is good for the body and brain. Outdoor space provides abundant vitamins (but do not forget to apply sunscreen), which makes us happier and more charming.

Towing fishing rods is a specific action of fishing, combined with artificial flight paths that will help breast cancer patients recover. This can be considered as a form of support, treatment and exercise. Toss movement is similar to post-surgery or radiation therapy. This is great for women at all stages of treatment and recovery.

Great source of nutrition

While many people don’t care what to do with the fish they catch, you should still reward yourself with the food from it after each fishing trip. Fish contains abundant omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower blood pressure, the risk of stroke and heart failure. According to the Mayo Clinic, eating fish also reduces heart rhythm disorders and improves brain function in young children.

Research shows that eating fish can protect the eyes, reduce the risk of asthma, protect the skin under UV rays and halve the risk of chronic arthritis. Eating fish regularly also reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Live longer

All healthy eating habits will give you great health. The Japanese-rich diet of vegetables and fish pays off for their longevity. Data from the World Health Organization shows that Japanese women have an average life expectancy of 87 years, the highest in the world, while men have an average life expectancy of 80 years.