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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is a lovely little fishing village where tourism took up after 2009. However, it is not well-known among travelers.

Arugam Bay is widely regarded as the greatest surf spot in Sri Lanka and one of the top ten surf destinations in the world. Its high-quality surf breaks cater to all levels of surfers. Many surfing events are held here annually.

Though the beach is well-known for surfing, it is also suitable for all other types of beach vacations.

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Nearby Attractions

  • Kumana National Park

The Kumana National Park is a prime birdwatching destination in the world. The region has been home to 255 different bird species, both migratory and resident. Kumana is a highly significant migrating bird national park since it is located in the far south of the tropical island of Sri Lana.

Distance: 28 Km

  • Lahugala Kithulana National Park

Despite being one of Sri Lanka’s smallest national parks, it is the greatest place to witness herds of elephants numbering up to 150 near Arugam Bay Beach.

Other species that can be seen in the park include several species of deer, toque macaques, grey langurs, sloth bears, golden jackals, the Indian muntjac, fishing cats, and spotted cats.

The park’s dry mixed evergreen forest, scrubs, tall reedy grass, and tanks provide a home to a variety of bird species.

Distance: 14 Km

  • Muhudu Maha Viharaya Historical Temple

The almost 2000-year-old temple is built on dunes, and the Stupa can be viewed from Arugam Bay beach.

Though the ruins of an old stupa, an audience hall, a monks’ residence, and few stone sculptures can be seen, it is thought that more artifacts are buried beneath the sand.

Distance: 5 Km

  • Kudumbigala Monastery

According to the stone inscription unearthed at the site, it is a Buddhist monastery complex that was established 2250 years ago. Archaeologists have discovered over 200 natural rock caves that are thought to be monks’ residences. There are several trails to explore.

A stupa (pagoda), Sri Lanka’s only cylindrical stupa, rises alone atop a massive rock. Climbing to the summit of the hill provides a beautiful view of the surrounding coastline and lush green landscape.

Distance: 29 Km

  • Elephant Rock/ Pottuvil Lagoon

With the sea on one side and the lagoon on the other, the sea around Elephant Rock is an uncrowded surfing spot. The lagoon, which has a small mangrove forest, is a biodiversity hotspot frequented by macaque monkeys and wild elephants.

Large crocodiles are rather abundant here, basking in the sun on the lagoon bank or the rock.  Beware of CROCODILES.

Distance: 14 Km

  • Peanut Farm Beach

With clean waters and scenic beauty, it is one of the greatest spots to surf in Arugam Bay. There are gentle and challenging waves suitable for both beginners and experienced surfers.

The name was derived from a peanut plantation that existed in previous decades.

Distance: 7 Km

The most popular nearby attraction: Kumana National Park (28 Km)


within 10 Km

Star Classified Hotels- Yes

Boutique Hotels- Yes

Resorts- No

International Chain Hotels- No

Ayurvedic Hotels- No

Villas- No

Eco Hotels- No

Camping- No

Unclassified Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


CMB Airport- 414 Km (travel time: 6hrs 30min)

Colombo City- 389 Km (travel time: 6hrs 30min)

Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 263 Km (travel time: 5hrs 40min)

Anuradhapura Ancient City- 298 Km (travel time: 6hrs 20min)

Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 211 Km (travel time: 4hrs 30min)

Kandy City- 216 Km (travel time: 5hrs)

Galle Dutch Fort- 279 Km (travel time: 4hrs 50min)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time

May to October


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