Arugam Bay - one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, is also one of the world’s top surfing destinations.
There are three main surfing spots to choose from:
Main Point: this is the surf spot actually located in Arugam Bay. Every morning you’ll see dozens of surfers out there catching some quality waves. This is recommended more for intermediate to advanced surfers.
Whiskey Point: About a 15-minute drive from Arugam Bay is this famous surf spot. A really beautiful beach as well, it can provide some excellent waves for beginner surfers.
Peanut Farm: About 25 minutes from Arugam Bay is this awesome beach/ surf spot.
Top surfing destinations always seem to have yoga destinations as well, and Arugam Bay is no exception. When you’re walking up and down the main street, you’ll see that there are tons of yoga places. It’s a great way to start the day, get some exercise, and relax in pristine surroundings.
With world-famous Yala National Park as its neighbor, Arugam Bay is lucky to be surrounded by loads of wildlife like monkeys, elephants, and crocodiles.
While at Arugam Bay, make time for an exciting experience of wildlife and nature at the Kumana National Park. Taking a jeep safari, you will catch sight of the hidden wildlife treasures of the national park that is situated approximately 35km south of Arugam Bay. Or head for a scenic and relaxing boat trip at the Pottuvil Lagoon (north of the bay). It’s a gentle boat ride which provides opportunities for seeing local wildlife.
That’s not all! There are many more places of interest that you can take note of in the area.
Located a short distance from the Eastern beach of Panama, Kudumbigala is a monastery of more than 200 cave accommodations. This monastery is located close to several huge rock mountains and you will get a unique experience as once you climb to the summit, you get a breathtaking view of the surroundings including the Okanda beach.
The Panama Crocodile Tank is a popular crocodile viewing point while Panama Beach is one of the best known and most beloved beaches in Sri Lanka. With blackish gray, sandy beaches, you can participate in every imaginable water sport including scuba diving and fishing.
At the top of Crocodile Rock, you will be rewarded for your efforts with magnificent views inland across the paddy fields & lagoon.
Appreciate the extent of the beautiful beach with a walk to Elephant Rock, where you can catch a glimpse of elephants roaming nearby.
Okanda Devalaya situated on the Kumana Panama jungle path is believed to be the location God Skanda first sailed to Sri Lanka in a golden boat. Pilgrims from all parts of Sri Lanka, of varied faiths and cultures, seek grace at Okanda Rock Shrine, especially during its great festival in July.
The Lahugala park is best known for its elephants. Up to 150 congregate around the tank during July and August, The tank is also good for spotting a wide range of aquatic birds, including innumerable snowy white egrets that can often be seen hitching a ride on the backs of obliging elephants.
Muhudu Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple situated at Pottuvil close to Arugam. Situated near a wide beach, this temple has been built over 2000 years ago by King Kavan Tissa of Ruhuna. Important ruins at the temple premises include stone statues of Lord Buddha.
Into organic? Then the Lighthouse in Komari is a place to stroll through. Located 15 km North of Arugam Bay it is an organic farm on an 8-acre property. One of the places in Sri Lanka to fall in love with as an organic lover. Growing on the farm are a variety of tropical fruit trees whose crops are used for preparing succulent juices.
Arugam Bay is also a great party destination in Sri Lanka, Beautiful people at a beautiful location, great music, and lots of dancing. The legendary weekend beach parties are an absolute must for anyone visiting Arugam Bay and should not be missed. It is so much fun, that it should be one of the highlights of your time in Sri Lanka.
Above all, Arugam Bay is the perfect destination to lose track of time and fall into the traveling mentality. Lie in a hammock, read, take naps on the beach, or just enjoy the simplicity of unspoiled nature.