Arugam Bay is the surf capital of Sri Lanka. It is a quaint, picturesque bay in the southeast of the island, away from the buzz of the big cities. There are approximately 400km from Arugam Bay to Colombo. It is world-renowned for hosting international surf competitions and for isolated beaches that are perfect hosts for lazing in the sun. It’s not just one of the top ten surfing destinations in the world; there are stunning natural beauties to explore. The nearby national parks, the lush lagoon, hidden history, and a thriving fishing scene add to the joys of spending time here. The Arugam Bay nightlife is lively and exuberant. The beaches host a mixture of beach parties and festivals. If surfing isn’t your passion, then this is your beach holiday paradise.
- Lahugala Kitulana National Park is a habitat ground for elephants and wetland birds.
- Magul Maha Viharaya is where King Kavantissa married Princess Viharamahadevi.
- Okanda Devalaya has a smaller shrine at the top of the rock you can visit.
- Panama Tank or Crocodile Point is a biodiversity-rich lake with sunning crocodiles.
- Semanikulam Lake near Pottuvil Point has sightings of rare birds, elephants, and water buffalos.
Best Times to Visit
Surf season is from May to September. Suitable for off-season non-surf visits.
The Main Point, Baby Point, Pottuvil Point, Elephant Rock, Whiskey Point, Peanut Farm, and Okanda are world-class Arugam Bay surf spots.
Kumana National Park
Yala’s sister national park is famous for its indigenous and migratory bird population. It is also home to elephants, leopards, and jackals.
As well as being a surf spot, the rock itself is a vantage point for sunsets and sweeping views. It is one of the main Arugam Bay places to visit.
There are over 200 caves and an ancient stupa in this rocky monastic complex from 2nd Century BC. The summit has breathtaking views.
The coastal lagoon thrives with mangrove forests and wildlife. You can spot elephants, monkeys, water buffalos, crocodiles, pelicans, and more.
Muhudu Maha Viharaya
Legend has it that King Kelanitissa’s daughter, Princess Viharamaha Devi, landed here after being sacrificed to the ocean, and met King Kavantissa.
Where to Shop in Arugambay
Arugam Bay is aptly suited for swimwear, clothes, and surf equipment shopping. Apsara bikini tailor, No Worries Surf Shop, and Rice and Carry are great shopping choices.
Where to Eat in Arugambay
Break Point, Hideaway Resort, Why Not, Roti Shop, Tandoori Hut, Leaf and Vine, Green Room, Gecko Café, and Beach Hut are some of the top restaurants in Arugam Bay.
Explore where you enjoy a comfortable stay during your explorations.
Bay Vista Hotel
Amenities include a vegetarian cafe, and a rooftop terrace with ocean views.
Hideaway Arugam Bay
Bright accommodations range from rooms to bungalows and villas. All have verandas or balconies, plus mosquito nets.