Arugambay beach is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka and also called Surfers’ Paradise as it is one of the best surfing destinations in the world. Initially Arugambay was an isolated bay in the East coast and later it was attracted by traveling surfers and boom! Now surfers around the world come and enjoy the waves in Arugam Bay to an extent that it has become a destination where surfing competitions are organized. Many events are held each year under the patronage of Sri Lanka Tourism Authority to promote this beach and in 2019 Sri Lanka held Regional World Tourism Day Celebrations in Arugam Bay on 29th September in parallel to World Surf League (WSL) 2019.
One of the important facts in Arugam Bay is its season starts from June to August unlike in the South coast. Normally Sri Lankan peak season is from November to April. But Arugambay is world famous for its waves in the high season which runs from June until August. Many people believe that there is no better place to surf like here. You can rent a board from town and explore many famous places to surf in Arugam Bay. In this high season parties are going on all night and there are many cafes to chill around. In high season you could also take yoga lessons which is quite popular there.
If you are an independent traveler who likes to make new friends, expose to the sun or chill in cafes, overall who seeks a simple beach holiday (even a person who is not interested in surfing) , still Arugambay is one of the best beaches to visit. You could even visit in the low season if you are not into surfing as it becomes extremely quiet with few tourists. Weather is still great with no waves and parties but full of sun and excitement. Prices are lower about 5 times than high season therefore do not give up Arugam Bay in low season.
The Arugam Bay surf beach is located 314 km from Colombo and 2 ½ km south of the small town of Pottuvil in the Ampara District which belongs to the Dry Zone along the South-East coast of Sri Lanka. If you ever happened to visit Yala National park you could add this beautiful paradise to your itinerary as its neighbor. Finally make sure to leave only your footprints behind!
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