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.