Arugam Bay is a unique and versatile utopia – it is a wide golden beach with a world famous surfing point on one end and a gorgeous lagoon on the other. Located close to Pottuvil on the east coast of the island in the Ampara district, approximately 314 km away from Colombo, Arugam Bay is one of the best surfing spots in the world. However, surfing is not the only attraction available here; the unspoilt fishing town of Arugam Bay offers an a plethora of opportunities for nature lovers, with gorgeous coral reefs, an abundance of tropical fish and lovely scenic nature spots such as mangroves, jungles, lagoons, rivers, rice fields and sand dunes.
Arugam Bay is one of the most built up coasts in East Sri Lanka; however it is still very laid back. The primary attraction here is surfing. Arugam Bay hosts international surfing competitions and draws surfers from all over the world. The surfing season here begins in April and ends in October each year, which is when the best surfing waves occur. There is something for surfers of all levels in Arugam Bay, with ‘friendly waves’ for beginners, as well as excellent point breaks for more seasoned surfers. Due to its location, the area is dominated by right hand point breaks. Three of the most popular point breaks are ‘The Point’, ‘Pottuvil Point’ and ‘Crocodile Rock’.
Beyond surfing, the area around Arugam Bay is a treasure trove for tourists with several attractions including lagoon tours, bird watching, elephant watching, national parks (Lahugalla and Kudumbigala), temples, ancient ruins and archaeological sites for nature, cultural and historical enthusiasts. Despite being a popular tourist spot, Arugam Bay has preserved its’ charm and beauty and has remained unspoiled, making it a unique coastal area in Sri Lanka.