East Coast

Arugam Bay is a bay situated on Sri Lanka’s east coast approximately 320 km east of Colombo. It is the most popular travel destination on the east coast and is known for its great surf. Arugam Bay is a laid back spot with just a strip of beach accommodation along the main road dotted with restaurants and cafes.

The point at Arugam Bay is its major drawcard, with people from all over the world coming to sample its delights. Fortunately, it is not as crowded as many other surf breaks around the world and it is still possible to catch a session all by yourself. If the crowds do get too much, there are many other options just a short tuk tuk ride away. Over the last few years, Arugam Bay has played host to a number of surfing contest, both on the World Qualifying Series and Men’s World Longboard Championship proving it can still match the more popular surfing destinations on an international scale.

The bay itself plays host to a large fleet of fishing boats which operate off the beach, so fresh fish is always an option at the local restaurants. The best time of the year to visit is between April and October, which is when the surf is at its best. The Arugam Bay area is also home to some very cheeky monkeys. Remember to lock your doors at night. Apart from that, Arugam Bay is a great place to unwind, and enjoy a mellow party scene.

The east coast of Sri Lanka also offers excellent elephant viewing, sometimes just off the side of the main road. A few hours south is Yala National Park, a major tourist drawcard. It is a great opportunity to see herds of elephants, leopards, crocodiles as well as a huge array of birds and reptiles. For those who travel to Sri Lanka’s east coast, a safari here is an essential part. 

Weather in East Coast

27°C

Sri Lanka is another one of those tropical destinations with distinct a dry and wet season. This gets slightly complicated as the change of seasons also brings a monsoon to each respective of the island. From May to October, it is the dry season on the east coast or the Arugam Bay side of Sri Lanka, with the west coast is being lashed by the monsoon. During the other time of the year, November to April, the opposite applies with the wet season coming to the east coast.

Generally the best time to travel to Sri Lanka is between November to March for the west coast, south coast and the hill country. For the east coast the best time is between April and September. This will keep you nice and dry and out of those monsoons. Coincidently this coincides with the surfing seasons as well.

Both the ocean and coastal lying regions of Sri Lanka have an average temperature of 27°C all year. 

East Coast

Mambo's Surf Camp

  • Surf Camp
  • Surf Resort
Jan - Dec
5 breaks nearby
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East Coast

Mambo's Surf Camp

Mambos Surf Camp at Arugam Bay is run by local surfers, is located in front of Baby point and is the closest accommodation to the main surfing point. It has several comfortable room options, a restaurant and all nicely positioned under the shades of coconut trees.

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East Coast

Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right
Surf Type:
  • Funboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
May - Oct
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Arugam Bay is arguably the best wave in Sri Lanka. A long breaking right hand point break .The wave breaks over reef with several fast sections rifling down the line.

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Okanda

Okanda
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right
Surf Type:
  • Funboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
May - Oct
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Okanda is a sandy righthand point break about 20km south of Arugam Bay. Tends to be better later in the season when the swell becomes more westerly.

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East Coast

Peanut Farm

Peanut Farm
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right
Surf Type:
  • Funboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
May - Oct
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Peanut Farm is a 300m right hand point break breaking over a sandy bottom. Fun walls and fast sections even when small.

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Pottuvil Point

Pottuvil Point
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right
Surf Type:
  • Funboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
May - Oct
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Pottuvil Point is a small but hollow righthand reef break which breaks close to shore along a point for almost a kilometre.

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