SURFING PARADISE OF THE PEARL OF INDIAN OCEAN
Arugam bay beach is an attraction for surfing all year round. Which is located on the east coast of Sri Lanka and 320 km from Colombo. It can be reached from Colombo via Moneragala while the journey is approximately a 7-8 hour drive.
Arugam Bay‘s first international surfing competition was held by the ISA (International Surfing Association) in the summer of 2004 and WSL surf league in 2019. The long and consistent right-hand point break at the southern end of the Arugam Bay beach makes it one of the finest surf spots in Sri Lanka as well as Asia.
THINGS TO DO IN ARUGAM BAY
Arugam Bay is renowned for its fantastic waves, which attract surfers from all over the world. Although you can surf here all year round, the most favored season is from March to October with the average height of waves being 1.5 to 2.5 meters.
Most of the surf breaks in Arugam bay are all located within 30-40 mins from THE SURF CITY.
Main Point: The Arugam Bay Main Point is located around 1 kilometer from THE SURF CITY. This is one of the best places to surf in the world. The point can be described as a fantastically easy-to-surf, right-hand wave, breaking over a fairly soft reef at the headland in front of Arugam Bay. Surfing occurs pretty much all day with crowds peaking during early morning and late evenings.
Explore Arugam bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara : Located between Arugam Bay and Pottuvil, among the sand dunes of the beach is the ruins of a Buddhist temple with fairly well-preserved stone statues. It is believed that the temple was built where Princess Vihara Maha Devi disembarked.
Magul Maha Vihara : This boasts of the best-preserved moonstone in all of Asia, with a special feature of the Mahout carved on the back of the elephant. The Magul Maha Viharaya, which was constructed during the reign of King Dhatusena, is also believed to be the venue where the royal wedding of King Kavantissa and Princess Vihara Maha Devi had taken place. It is located eight kilometers west of Pottuvil along the A4 main road.
Pottuvil Point: The highest place in Pottuvil, popular with Surfers, this is a long and deserted beach. Wild elephants can often be seen around the area.
Crocodile Rock: From a distance the rock look like a pair of sunbathing crocodiles. The area boasts of a wild environment, with elephants roaming around and eagles sweeping overhead.
Baby point: This point is located nearby the Main point which is more suitable for beginners with waves of different heights catering to all abilities. As this area also draws a lot of swimming public, always be on the lookout for people in the sea when surfing.
Komari – Lighthouse Point/ Green Point; This surfing point is located along the coast of the Komari village, 12 kilometers North to THE SURF CITY. This beautiful beach/point is yet to see a peak in its popularity but is nevertheless frequented by a handful of surfers. The beach stretch prior to the lighthouse is pristine and inviting. The drive to reach this point is also supremely beautiful with unending swathes of paddy fields of either side.
Whiskey Point; Travel North from THE SURF CITY and at the Urani Bridge make a right turn towards the coast. Follow this road two kilometers to this point. Whiskey Point is probably the most frequented surf point, after the Arugam Bay Main Point. Whiskey point is set on a wide beach with a set of boulders at its bend, providing ideal conditions for surfers of all abilities.
Cobra Point: To get to Cobra Point, walk past the Arugam Bay Main Point for some 500 meters along the Pasarichenai beach stretch, till you see a group of rocks curving inland, the Point is just there. This Point is a relatively new one and takes its name from the powerful waves that are apparently in the shape of a cobra’s head, ready to strike.
Crocodile Rock: When traveling From THE SURF CITY to Panama, make a left turn onto the Kudakalliya Road. Arrive at the very bottom of that road and Crocodile Rock is just ahead along the coast. A ten-minute walk passing the lagoon to your right will bring you to this point; Climb the rock for impressive views of the beach and surrounding paddy lands.
According to some, the long elongated ‘snout’ shape of this natural rock gives it its name; but in reality, the name is derived from the mugger crocodiles that access this area via the adjacent Heda Oya Lagoon. You will be lucky to spot a crocodile, especially given their shy nature, however no need to panic as they just want to bask in the sun, atop this rock.
Peanut Farm: This is located around 4km from THE SURF CITY in Pottuvil - Panama Road. This is one of the very first ‘underground’ old secret surfing points in Arugam Bay. It takes its name from the numerous peanut trees that were farmed on the property in the past.
Okanda Point: This is one of the remote point.
Panama Point: Panama Point is located at the extreme end of the B374 Pottuvil – Panama Road.
Panagala Point: This is a newly discovered surf point.