Things to doin Arugam Bay

Surfing

Prepare yourself for energetic waves, juicy king coconuts and friendly locals, because Arugam Bay is the perfect spot for that and beyond. The topmost reason why surfing in Arugam Bay is one of the best things to do is because of the ideal waves coupled with the perfect weather that any surf enthusiast would be pleased with. Arugam Bay has many a number of surfing spots, each catering to different levels. Ride the breaks and maybe even catch a glimpse or two of the sun dipping below the Arugam Bay waves.

Surfing

Kudumbigala Monastery

The Kudumbigala monastery situated in the midst of a jungle off the Panama road holds the title of having the only cylindrical shape Dagobah at the entrance. Getting there offers a change in scenery, from roads in barren terrains to pathways in the flourishing jungle. Built in the time of King Devanampiyatissa this is a setting that has travelled through time with untouched sceneries away from civilization. Its proximity to the northern border of Yala makes the siting of many wild animals like bears a common attraction. You can climb one of the many gigantic rock mountains to get a breathtaking glimpse of the surrounding vistas.

Kudumbigala Monastery

Yala East National Park

With leopards roaming amongst the thick undergrowth, elephants strolling about and peacocks showing-off their glorious tails, there is quite a lot happening in this 1,300 square kilometer land that is also known as the Ruhunu. The Yala national Park has its own safari jeeps for rent. However tourists can rent their own safari vehicles on their way to Yala. With accommodations to suit all pockets, Yala is a good choice for anyone who is on a budget vacation. What makes the Yala Safari more exciting is the choice of camping in the jungle which is completely arranged by the park.

Yala East National Park

Lahugala National Park

Another one of the few national parks in Sri Lanka, the Lahugala national Park occupies a small area but plays a huge rule in the conservation of Elephants, sloth bears and endemic Sri Lankan birds. This wildlife sanctuary is also home to many reservoirs that empty out to the Heda Oya. This is one of the best places to explore the wildlife of Sri Lanka.

Lahugala National Park

Surfing Lessons

Has learning to surf been in your bucket list for quite a long time? Now is the time to tick it off the list! We offer both group and individual surf lessons throughout the year. We welcome guests of any age or skill. If you are a novice, then our lessons will lay the perfect foundation for your surfing. If you are an intermediate surfer, then taking our surf lessons can help improve your skill set and help you identify your style. We offer an interactive and exciting learning environment that will help you get better at surfing.

Surfing Lessons

Taxi Services

If you want to get around Arugam Bay but don’t know who to call or where to find a good service, don’t fret. Head over to the reception and the receptionist will be more than happy to help you out for free.

Taxi Services

Bike Rental

Cruise around Arugam Bay the environment-friendly way! Hire bikes for free from the Garden Cottage reception. You don’t have to pay for the rental because we strive in helping Arugam Bay preserve its beauty without the harmful effects of pollution.

Bike Rental

Pottuvil Lagoon Safari

One of the many exciting things to do in Arugam Bay is to take a ride in the Pottuvil Lagoon. This eye-opening eco-friendly tour will bring you closer to the teeming wildlife of the area. Birds chirping, elephants trumpeting and the wind blowing melodiously will mesmerize you while the sights will take your breath away. An effort in conserving the Lagoon, the Pottuvil Lagoon Safari is a must-do in Arugam Bay.

Pottuvil Lagoon Safari

Muhudu Maha Viharaya

The tiny dirt road that leads to Muhudu Maha Viharaya reveals nothing about the rich history behind this temple.Situated near the beach and built by King Kavan Tissa around 2000 years ago, the site displays intricate bodhisattva statues, shrines of Buddha and so many other artifacts.

Muhudu Maha Viharaya

Pottuvil Point

Situated just 6 kilometers North of Arugam Bay, the Pottuvil Point is an ideal surf spot for funboarders and shortboarders. With a sand bottom and a good south swell, the wave can run close to the shore for nearly a kilometer allowing you to get off on the sand. The best time to enjoy surfing here is from May to October.

Pottuvil Point

Crocodile Rock

The 340 meter long flat rock is surrounded by a river, a lagoon connecting to the sea, the forest and of course, the beach. The reason for the moniker Crocodile Rock is most probably because of the crocodiles that have made the lagoon which is only 50 kilometer away, their home. With a swell range of 3 feet, the waves at Crocodile Rock is perfect for a novice or an intermediate surfer.

Crocodile Rock

Okanda Malai

Let your soul taste the beauties of spiritual Sri Lanka at the Okanda Malai, a Hindu temple devoted to the Lord Kataragama. Amidst gigantic rock mountains and dense green forests lies this resort for pilgrims that is believed to demonstrate the power of Valli and Murugan. The unprecedented views of the sea coupled with the gentle, salty breeze is enough to take your spirits to a whole new level.

Okanda Malai