Surfing in Sri Lanka – Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. It’s well known for surfing. If anyone asks what’s the best destination to surf in Sri Lanka most of the people will say Arugam Bay.

The bay is located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka’s southeast coast,  117 kilometres south of Batticaloa, 320 kilometres due east of Colombo and approximately 4 kilometres south of the market town of Pottuvil.

The Arugam Bay area is home to a number of quality surf breaks, the most popular of which being ‘Main Point’ located towards the south of the bay. This is a right hand point break, with a rock/reef bottom, and has a number of sections with occasional barrels. Other breaks in the area include Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point to the north, and Elephant Rock, Peanut Farm and Okanda to the south. These breaks have attracted a steady stream of international tourists for several decades. Arugam Bay has a good local surf scene and is home to some of Sri Lanka’s most talented surfers and in recent years surfers from Arugam Bay have dominated national competitions.


As we discussed before, Arugam Bay is an awesome, inexpensive spot to go for surfing.

If you’re going to visit arugam bay during the session, It’s better to book a place to stay before get there.

Offseason is very peaceful and relaxing as the town is quiet unlike season.

In general you can visit the year-round. But the best time to visit Arugam bay is March to October.

For tourists Arugam Bay offers a long street full of restaurants very close to the beach.

And once again, Arugam Bay is very relaxed and a little paradise on the earth.

Arugam Bay

(Photo Credits: Saltwater Therapy Photography)

Arugam bay Beach

(Photo Credits: Instagram/CHANU)


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