Arugam Bay Beach, one of the top ten surf beaches of the world, is situated in the South-east coast of Sri Lanka. Arugam Bay Beach was the venue for ISA (International Surfing Association) surfing competition in the summer of 2004. Situated in close proximity to Lahugala National Park, famous for its herds of elephants and Pottuvil Lagoon, a Bird Sanctuary, Arugam Bay provides ample opportunities for wildlife excursions. The road south of Arugam Bay leads down the coastal villages of Panama and then on to Okanda, the gateway to Yala East National Park, the eastern section of famous Ruhuna Yala National Park.
Driving to Arugam Bay Beach
Argumba of South-eastern coast, Eastern Province can be reached in 7 hours drive of 320km from Colombo of Western coast of Western Province.
Domestic air travel to Arugam Bay
Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lankan Airlines and Deccan Aviation (Lanka) could fly you to the Ampara airport (Air Force Base), or to nearby Pottuvil Lagoon. Ampara is still 100km away from Arugam Bay, yet the closest runway accessible via the existing road network of the eastern province of Sri Lanka.
Arugam Bay Village
Arugam Bay, though a popular surfing and tourist destination, still a traditional fishing village where life has been sustained by the daily catch of fish. However, today, having become a popular surfing and tourist destination, the small, remote hamlet of Arugam Bay with just 2,500 residents, is now spurred on to a development drive.
Surfing at the peak season at Arugam Bay Beach
The peak season along this eastern coastline runs from March to October, the off season of western and southern coasts of Sri Lanka.
The long, consistent right hand point break at the southern end of the Arugam Bay beach makes it the finest surf spot in Sri Lanka.
Dolphin viewing at Arugam Bay Beach
During the period of May to September within the high season of Arugam Bay beach, Dolphin viewing is popular with two-hour boat trips into the sea.
Along the coast of Arugam Bay
Both north and south of Arugam Bay beach is studded with fine beaches that complement the lovely bay beaches of south western & southern coastal belts of Sri Lanka.
North of Arugam Bay Beach
Today, the whole of East Coast of Sri Lanka which runs from Arugam Bay, a village in the wilderness, past Trincomalee and up to lovely Nilaveli beach has finally come of age with a surge of traffic with holiday makers and investors.
South of Arugam Bay Beach
Just south of Arugam Bay, the Crocodile Rock on the beach of Pasarchenai affords the opportunity to view elephants. 4 km south of the main beach of Arugam Bay is Potuvil, a Musilm settlement with a bus stand, a post office, couple of banks and a market. Potuvil serves as the center for transportation and accommodation for the tourists.
Potuvil in its sand dunes hides and reveals the ruins of an ancient Buddhist temple named Madu Maha Vihara.
Further 13 km down along the coast is the ancient Sinhalese settlement of Panama. Another 17km south of the coast Okanda, the gateway to famous Kumana Villu, where water birds nest, and the Yala east national park.