Catching The Waves In Lanka Surfing Tour

If you are looking forward for your next surfing holiday, Sri Lanka could be a great choice. The beauty is that it offers surfing points of your choice all round the year. One can get spoiled with too many choices of course as the monsoonal weather means that one side of the island is always ‘in season’ for surfing. Do come and catch your dream wave…

What to Expect

07 Nights / 08 Days

This itinerary offers selected locations around the golfing hotspots in Sri Lanka, however can be customized to suit your travel plans.

Day 1 : Route – Airport / Colombo

Drive time:   1 hour approximately

Overnight:    Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Meet your English speaking Chauffer at the airport and transfer to Colombo, the sprawling city that is one half metropolitan and one half characteristically historic.

Colombo, located in the west, was originally a small seaport. Due to its strategic location on the East-West sea trade routes used by Roman, Arab, Persians and Chinese trade sailing vessels over 2,000 years ago, Sri Lanka has always been a part of the world’s history.

No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right and makes an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures.

Your chauffeur guide will transfer you directly to Galle Face Hotel; an iconic landmark situated in the heart of Colombo along the seafront and facing the infamous Galle Face Green! Have a well-deserved rest or go on a street food sampling tour in the Galle Face green.

 

Day 2 : Route – Colombo / Arugambay

Drive Time                  : Approximately 6.5 hours’ drive or 45 mins flight+2.5 hours’ drive

Accommodation          :  Jetwing Surf, Arugam Bay

Meal Basis                   : Breakfast & Dinner Included

Before you are getting in to the seas, it is good to get to know of this beautiful Island a bit.

Stop at Kajugama to buy the crunchy cashews-The favorite snack! From a little shop, try Beli flower water with jaggery! Very healthy and delicious! Also don’t forget to try the organic curd with jaggery honey. You can also stop at a village home for “plain tea” with treacle and “Helapa”, a traditional Sri Lankan snack that can refresh you.

You also have the option of taking the air taxi to Batticoloa and drive the rest of the way. You are now in Arugambay which is considered to be one of the world’s best surfing points where surfers from all around come here making it a surfer’s paradise.

You will be staying in one of the magical eco resorts, Jetwing Surf, which is an architectural master piece located in a very good surf spot in Pottuvil. Each cabana is designed with intricate rope and woodwork, thatched roofs, woven coconut palm leaves and dried illuk grass to create an environmentally responsible coastal respite with a minimum carbon footprint.

Day 3 : Route – Arugambay

Accommodation          : Jetwing Surf, Arugam Bay

Meal Basis                   : Breakfast & Dinner Included

A day of surfing! Take a small walk towards the best surfing points and all waves are yours!

Arugambay and Pottuvil season falls between June and August.

Arugambay and Pottuvil point has waves of up to 6ft and rides of almost 400m. And the secluded beaches will surprise you and help you work on your waves leisurely. You can rent Surf boards in the town, and take up lessons from the professionals in the area as well. They will give you the best timings and the knowledge of the weather patterns of the season so that you can the best plan out your stay.

Also, there are several surf points in Arugam Bay of which some are suitable for a beginner while other points are meant for an experienced surfer. The surfing points mentioned would be Ullah Point, Surf Point-a popular location suitable for beginners and body surfing, Pottuvil Point- situated on a deserted beach and suitable for those with more experience, Crocodile Rock- a challenging surf point just south of the main bay. Peanut Farm Point and Arugam Bay reef break is a consistent wave that creates both rights and lefts over deep reef.

Join for a relaxing sunset walk to nearby Crocodile Rock. From a distance the rock looks like a pair of sun bathing crocodiles. The area has a wild environment, with elephants roaming around and eagles sweeping overhead. Elephant Rock has very friendly waves coming in over sand with little crowds and dreamy scenery.

Day 4 : Route – Arugambay

Accommodation          : Jetwing Surf, Arugam Bay

Meal Basis                   : Breakfast & Dinner Included

A morning surfing session! You can make friends with other surfers who have come from around the world or you can enjoy your own time with this beautiful blue ocean and waves.

In the afternoon, visit Lahugala National Park which is a dry mixed evergreen forest with lofty rosewoods and satinwoods. Lahugula Tank is ideal for spotting large variety of aquatic birds. Further, you will be lucky enough to spot many species of deer and members of the cat family.

As you return, you can refresh yourself and your chef will have prepared yummy meals to be presented in style.

 

Day 5 : Route – Arugam Bay – Mirissa

Drive Time                  : Approx. 4 hours

Accommodation          : Lantern, Mirissa

Meal Basis                   : Breakfast & Dinner Included

Today, you will be venturing towards beautiful Hill country before coming back to the oceans and waves of the Southern side.

Take a scenic drive through Ella and its dense forest, long stretches of tea plantations, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque valleys. Welcome to everyone’s favorite hill-country village, and the place to ease off the travel accelerator for few days. The highlight of the journey is the Nine Arch Demodara Bridge and the fascinating 441 feet long Demodara Loop where the railway track passes under itself and emerges from the tunnel which is of course impressive.

 

As you reach Galle and Weligama, you will wonder how many beautiful things this Island has to offer you.

The Southern surf season falls between November to April.

Take a leisurely walk in Galle Fort and town in the afternoon. No visit to the island is complete without visiting picturesque Galle Fort which is a perfect combination of blue ocean, history and culture. More interestingly, Galle is a living world heritage site that you can explore by a leisurely walk in the morning or afternoon. Explore the fresh fruit and vegetable markets as well, sampling the goods.

Day 06 & 07 : Route – Mirissa, Weligama, Ahangama, Galle, Hikkaduwa

Accommodation          : Lantern, Mirissa

Meal Basis                   : Breakfast & Dinner Included

Next two days, you can explore the area and find out best surfing points!!

Mirissa is a lively beach town and would make a good surfing point. Further down, you will find many more excellent surfing points and you will have to choose your favorite from Unawatuna, Kabalana, Midigama, Weligama, Ahangama and Matara along the southern coastal line. These points offer you fun waves with an easy take-off that can barrel on bigger swells.

In Ahangama, you will want to find out secret spots here and to rest and relax on these sandy beaches as well. Weligama is said to be best for beginners and intermediate, however it has waves that lasts 400 metres! So why not try yourself out there in exploring new surfing points?

As you drive more towards south-west of the island, you will come across Hikkaduwa with much vibe. Surfing here will be much more enjoying and fun filled since you get a wide variety of beach bars and restaurants and shops which sell or rent surf boards, wetsuits and other gear.

It is good to know your surfing point well before getting to water. The main breaks in this region are made of reef and sand. Benny’s at the front of Hikkaduwa town is a popular spot that breaks on shallow reef, and is for the more advanced surfer, or intermediate looking to push themselves. North Jetty is a left hand reef break directly beside the Hikkaduwa harbor wall is a great spot for advanced surfers. However, the main beach break at Hikkaduwa town is a sand bottom and ideal for a beginner if you are getting to water for the first time. Don’t forget to see the sea turtles while you are here as well!

Your chauffeur guide will be happy to drive you around patiently and enthusiastically.

Enjoy sampling the good in the beach side small restaurants after your surf sessions with a fantastic seafood platter and some local beers.

Day 8 : Route – Mirissa - Airport

Route                           : Mirissa – Airport

Drive Time                  : Approx. 3 hour drive

Your surfing journey has come to an end in sunny Sri Lanka! With all the memories of riding the tropical waves, you will be driven safely to the airport to take your departure flight home.

Important to know-

  • Sri Lanka has two very different surf hubs operating on opposing surf season schedules. The monsoon season in the South West runs from May to September and in the South East from October to January.
  • Bring your sun protection
  • Bring cash when you can as there are not many ATMs to take money out from in smaller towns.
  • The temperature in Sri Lanka is likely be in the 86-104 degrees Fahrenheit range or 30-40 degrees Celsius, hence we recommend surfing in the mornings and evenings as often as possible to avoid the brutal sun and heat.
  • If you are a beginner, you can take part in 15 minutes preparation classes on the beach on ‘surfing basics’ before heading out into the water.
  • In general, Arugam Bay and Hikkaduwa regularly form fast, technically demanding waves while other surfing points are while other surfing points offer mid-size, not overly powerful waves making ideal for beginner or to work on your techniques.

Where to Stay

Learn more about the luxurious properties available for your trip.

A nature getaway in the hills,  quiet and rustic, but with all modern amenities, you’ll feel at one with nature.

Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing is situated in the Southeast of the island, 313 km away from Colombo.

A villa with 4 suites tastefully designed to exquisite detail, fine furnishings and luxurious bathrooms with their own colour theme.

Sri Lanka Tailor-made