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"Sri Lanka's Surfing Paradise!"

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The Sri Lankan coastal town of Arugam Bay lies on the Indian Ocean, 320 kilometres from the capital city Colombo. With several surfing spots scattered across the area, for both beginners as well as skilled surfers, Arugam Bay is often called a surfer’s paradise. The famous surfing points here are Main Point and Whiskey Point, with surfboard rentals in their proximity.  If you’re a non-surfer, you can choose to chill on the beautiful beaches. At night, the beaches play host to many beach parties, offering a chance to soak in the lively atmosphere.

Arugam Bay is much more than its beaches and surfing. An evening stroll on the streets of Arugam Bay might lead you to the food stalls, where you can savour the local cuisine. The lagoon safaris, where one can spot elephants and crocodiles, are another highlight of this seaside settlement. Other sights at and near Arugam Bay that are worth exploring include Kudumbigala Monastery, Kumana National Park and Elephant Rock. On the whole, if you’re looking for an incredibly vibrant destination in Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is the place to visit.

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Surfing at Arugam Bay

A plethora of surfing points, with fantastic surf breaks, is spread across Arugam Bay. Favourite spots include Main Point, Whiskey Point, Baby Point, and Peanut Farm. While intermediate and advanced level surfers prefer Main Point, Peanut Farm and Whiskey Point are suitable for surfers of all levels. As the name suggests, Baby Point is the best surfing point for learners. Surfboard rentals and surfing schools are aplenty at Arugam Bay. Surfing is at its peak in July and August, due to the bigger waves observed.

Things To Do In Arugam Bay

Without a doubt, the most common activity at Arugam Bay is surfing. The beach parties are also quite popular, especially amongst youngsters. For a chance to spot wildlife, the lagoon safaris are a must-try. These safaris are available at Panama and Pottuvil, some distance away from Arugam Bay. If you’d like to pay a visit to the other sightseeing spots, such as the Kudumbigala Monastery or Elephant Rock, you can easily hire a tuk-tuk or two-wheeler for the same.

Restaurants and Local Food in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay has no shortage of good restaurants and food stalls to sample the local flavours. There are vegetarian and vegan options, as well. Some Sri Lankan specialities that are a must-try including kiribath, string hoppers, sambol and kottu. The restaurants also serve Italian, American and Chinese fare, including pizzas, risotto and sausages.

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What is the best time to visit Arugam bay?

The weather at Arugam Bay is mostly sunny all year round, making the location extremely favourable for beachside vacations. The best time to visit Arugam Bay is typically in April to September, during which the waves are at their peak, enticing surfers from all parts of the world. Also, the rainfall, although a tad unpredictable, is generally low at this time of the year. If you’re planning a visit to Arugam Bay for merely surfing and the parties, despite the crowded beaches, the months of June to August are the most appropriate.

The off-season usually ranges from November to March. During this period, the beaches are less packed, and the waves are smaller, which makes the off-season an excellent time to learn surfing. Unfortunately, many beachfront hotels and restaurants are closed throughout these months, prompting tourists to look for accommodations elsewhere.
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What are the things to do in Arugam bay?

The top things to do in Arugam bay are Crocodile Rock, Arugam Bay, Arugam Bay Beach, Elephant Rock, Arugam Bay, Muhudu Maha Viharaya, Arugam Bay, Whiskey Point, Arugam Bay, Pottuvil Point. You can see all the places to visit in Arugam bay here

What are the places near Arugam bay?

The top places near to Arugam bay are Galle which is 198 km from Arugam bay, Kandy which is located 141 km from Arugam bay, Nuwara eliya which is located 116 km from Arugam bay, Sigiriya which is located 171 km from Arugam bay, Colombo which is located 218 km from Arugam bay

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