Famous for its surf, this remote beach and village in the far east of the country has bags of laid-back charm and a number of interesting sights nearby. Home to an eclectic mix of Tamils, Muslims, Sinhalese and expat Europeans, Arugam Bay is known for its world-class surf breaks, attracting surfers from around the globe to its waves. Many surfers believe it to have some of the best waves throughout the whole of Asia, quite the statement!!
Apart from surfing, Arugam Bay offers a variety of activities such as snorkelling, diving, and beach volleyball. The nearby lagoons and reefs provide excellent opportunities for exploring underwater, discovering the colourful marine life and coral reefs. Kumana National Park is nearby for safari, and we recommend a boat trip on the Pottuvil Lagoon for nature lovers.
More recently, it has become popular with non-surfers who are seeking its chilled-out, relaxed vibes. The town also has a vibrant nightlife, with many beachside bars and restaurants offering delicious seafood dishes and drinks. The locals are friendly and welcoming, and visitors can experience the local culture and traditions by attending the weekly market or participating in the annual Kudumbigala Monastery festival.
There are no big hotel developments or high-end properties in this area, but if you’re prepared to forego the five-star comforts, there are some wonderfully quirky boutique options here and in Pottuvil town just up the road.