Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay 


Arugam Bay is a hidden gem located on the east coast of Sri Lanka. As it’s located far from the capital and other tourist attractions, it is not really popular among tourists. Thus, it has managed to retain its small-town charm while gaining popularity among travelers looking to explore some offbeat destinations in Sri Lanka.

Known to be a surfers paradise, Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka has some of the best beaches in the country.

Ranked as the fifth best place to surf in the world Arugam  Bay is truly a paradise on earth. It offers the best of a classic tropical holiday. Best conditions for surfing, clean white sandy beaches, crimson sunsets, beachfront guest houses and hotels and grand waves; this is what Arugam Bay is about in a nutshell if you prefer to visit Arugam Bay for a holiday. If you travel from Colombo you can reach Arugam Bay in about 7 hours. Both private and public transportation (buses) are available to reach Arugam Bay.


Arugam Bay Srilanka

What is most attractive about Arugam Bay is its pristine beach.  The white sandy beach is perfect to lull around lazily swinging on a hammock. But Arugam Bay which is situated about 342 kms east of Colombo is not just a location with a nice beach. It is most famous for surfing and is home to a number of quality surf breaks. Especially after the war, surfers from all over the world have been visiting this place to ride on those big waves discovering this hidden paradise.

The most famous point break is ‘Main Point’. Potuvil point, Whiskey Point, Elephant Rock and Crocodile Rock aptly named because it resembles a crocodile sun bathing in the glorious sun, are some of the well known point breaks in Arugam Bay that have gotten surfers hooked on this place.  If you are lucky you might even see herds of wild elephants in the evenings if you manage to walk further down the coast line. June and August are the best months to visit Arugum Bay. Even if you haven’t surfed before you can take surfing classes as they are offered in the area for reasonable prices.


Arugam Bay Tourism

The Sri Lankan coastal town of Arugam Bay lies on the Indian Ocean, 320 kilometres from the capital city Colombo. With several surfing spots scattered across the area, for both beginners as well as skilled surfers, Arugam Bay is often called a surfer’s paradise. The famous surfing points here are Main Point and Whiskey Point, with surfboard rentals in their proximity.  If you’re a non-surfer, you can choose to chill on the beautiful beaches. At night, the beaches play host to many beach parties, offering a chance to soak in the lively atmosphere.

Arugam Bay is much more than its beaches and surfing. An evening stroll on the streets of Arugam Bay might lead you to the food stalls, where you can savour the local cuisine. The lagoon safaris, where one can spot elephants and crocodiles, are another highlight of this seaside settlement. Other sights at and near Arugam Bay that are worth exploring include Kudumbigala Monastery, Kumana National Park and Elephant Rock. On the whole, if you’re looking for an incredibly vibrant destination in Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is the place to visit.

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