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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay, located 322Km from capital Colombo, on Sri Lanka’s South East Coast, is famously known as one of the best surf spots in Asia. This is Sri Lanka at its most escapist. The relatively isolated beaches here and a simple, laid-back lifestyle away from the main tourist haunts, have many devotees. Dedicated surfers usually arrive at Colombo’s international airport and head straight across the island to Arugam Bay which takes up to eight hours. The best time for surfing in Arugam Bay is in July and August when the swells are high and the wave breaks are thrilling. It is not all about the sun and surf on the South East Coast.

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The Arugam Bay community is a particularly chilled-out and welcoming one where travellers and locals mingle contentedly. Visit ancient ruins and rock sculptures dating back centuries, and explore untouched wilderness where elephants roam free.

Don't Miss

  • Surfing in the laid-back beach settlement of Arugam Bay in July and August
  • Catching the sunrise over the shimmering ocean
  • Saturday nights at Mambo’s overlooking Surf Point
  • Wild elephants in Lahugala National Park
  • Pottuvil lagoon where crocodiles bask in the sun and waterbirds search for their prey
  • Jungle trek to the ancient ruins of Kudimbigala
  • Ruins of Magul Maha Vihara in Pottuvil
  • Birds in Kumana National Park

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