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Arugam Bay Beach

  Province Eastern
  District Batticaloa
  Nearest Town Pottuwil
  Season April to October

“Arugam Bay Beach has been identified as the best surfing beach in Sri Lanka and 4th best in south east Asia. It also comes with the ten best surfing beaches in the world.” Arugam beach of Sri Lanka also features as one of the most fascinating beaches of Sri Lanka. Arugam Bay is located about 314 km from Colombo, a most beautiful bay with good surfing opportunities. The East coast offers infinite possibilities for all kinds of water sports and underwater photography. Underneath the Bay lie the many ship-wrecks of the coast which pose a tempting challenge to the diver. If you are interested in water sport activity and surfing then Arugam Bay is definitely the place for all those wind surfers.

Arugam Bay is on the list of the top ten surf points in the world. Situated on the South East side of Sri Lanka , Arugam Bay receives the same Antarctic winter swell's that hit Indonesia in the middle of the year. The best time of the year to visit this exquisite beach is between May and November when the predominant wind is offshore for at least the first half of the day. At this time favorable conditions are found for surfing.

There's a wide, sweeping beach in front of the village itself, good for swimming .For the nature lovers, it proves to be a paradise , as on the south of the surf is a long, deserted beach leading down to 'Crocodile Rock', from where wild elephants can quite often be seen. Arugam point is the main break at Arugam Bay. It attracts a large number of visitors, starting from April to October, which is the most favorable time for surfers. With a wide sweeping beach it is good for swimming virtually year round.

Pottuvil Point is another break at Arugam Bay. It is every surfers dream tropical wave. A long deserted sandy beach doted with some huge boulders at the waters edge, make this wave a favorite with some of the season veterans .Surfing in this Bay has to be properly carried out , otherwise you may be left standing in deep waters with mouth stuffed with sand , or may get hit by heavy boulders at the water ‘s edge . Accommodation in Arugam Bay is not a problem as the luxurious Stardust Hotel is located very nearby. One can also opt for the other hotel , Mid Bay Hotel. Whilst if you fancy watching all the sporting action from afar, hide away in a family beach hut, Kudakalliya.

This tiny fishing village is fast becoming the young and trendy hideout with the best surf in Sri Lanka and SE Asia. Surfing companies and enthusiasts take courses to learn this new extreme sport. It is paradise for the divers and surfers.

Wide sandy beaches and lagoons associated with neighbouring Kumana bird sanctuary are added values for visitors going to Arugam bay. Lahugal National Park are Yala East National Park are also located within 10–30 km radious from Arugambay centre. Magul Maha Viharaya (Buddhist temple), Kudumbigala Temple (Buddhist temple), Shastrwela Buddhist Temple, Okanda Hindu Temple are some of places with heritage values. In addition to beaches, wildlife, culture heritage and nature places of interest make Arugambay a unique tourist attraction in Sri Lanka.

Arugam Bay beach in Sri Lanka is one of five best places in the world for wind surfing