Arugam Bay is a serene palm-rimmed village of simple restaurants and cabanas set in the untouched southeast coast, located in the dry zone part of the island. It is often referred to as a surfer’s paradise and has some of the cheapest holiday resorts in Sri Lanka. It is a great place to unwind, eat seafood and enjoy a mellow party scene. Even though most of the roads and buildings were destroyed after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Arugam Bay is being rebuilt and is developing at a fast pace due to its popularity among tourists both domestic and international. As the town was affected by the civil war, the roads may be guarded by army personnel stationed at military outposts, however this is only a post war essential and it would be unnecessary to feel threatened. Arugambay has the best surfing waves in Sri Lanka during the months of April to October. From November to April it is a tranquil place best for relaxation and swimming. At any time of year the surrounding region offers some superb opportunities for viewing birdlife, leopards, crocodiles and elephants as it is just a few kilometers away from Yala National Park.
Things to do in Arugam Bay
- Go surfing during the surf season
- Visit Kudumbigala Monastery
- Visit Muhudu Maha Viharaya
- Visit Whiskey Point beach
- Take a safari in the Yala National Park