Surfing in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka – The Ultimate Beach-Side Escape

Get your surf boards out as you head to Sri Lanka’s most famed surfing destination – Arugam Bay. The world over Sri Lanka is known for its picture-postcard coastlines that have tourists flocking to its beaches from all corners of the world. Though the country’s south is the more famed coast, often do we forget the treasures tucked away on the east coast. Located 320 kilometres from Colombo, travelling to Arugam Bay is a remarkable journey of its own. The bay is also situated within reach of another favourite destination; Passikudah. While you are on tour to the east you can base yourself at one of the many Passikudah hotels on offer like Sunrise by Jetwing and embark on your excursions.

While Arugam Bay remains one of the best spots to surf in the island-nation it has also become a hotspot for international surfing events. What’s best about Arugam Bay is that its waves are fitting for both professional and amateur surfers. The bay receives the same winter swells as the Antarctic does and is deemed very conducive for surfing and windsurfing. There are several right hand point breaks which are yet another factor that decides good surfing conditions. It is also highly advised to look out for reefs that you may encounter whilst surfing.

The best times to surf is during the dry season from April to October as the seas give offer the best conditions for windsurfers. This period also allows visitors to witness the Sri Lanka Surf Championships which are hosted by the UK Pro Surfer’s Association. Many experienced surfers would recommend the morning as the most ideal time to surf. Surfboards are also available at nearby shops for hire and sale.

Other notable attractions around the bay includes Pottuvil, which is located just 4 kilometres from Arugam Bay is recognized as the 4th best surfing destination in South East Asia and standing at 10th place in the world. Arugam Bay is also within a convenient distance from attractions like the Elephant Rock. The rock at a glance seems to take the form of an elephant which is quite a spectacle.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.