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Arugam Bay

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A laidback south-east beach town famed for its surf

Arugam Bay is a vibrant town, famed around the world for its exhilarating surfing opportunities, poised on the south-east coast of Sri Lanka. If surfing is not for you, there are many other things to explore in Arugam Bay. Stroll along the spectacular beaches, or relax with a local yoga class. You will be able to see elephants grazing on the shores of the tank in Lahugalla National Park, and if you head further afield to Kumana, you may be lucky enough to see leopards sleeping on a granite outcrop or a sloth bear feasting on the fallen red berries of a weera tree. There are a handful of stunning secluded beaches to hunt out – from the bay at Okanda, where you can also visit the colorful Hindu kovil (currently the resting place for pilgrims on their way to Kataragama), to Peanut Farm and the beach at Whisky Point. Make sure to head to Mudu Maha Vihara too, one of the many fascinating temples around the area.

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  • Arugam Bay is listed as one of the top ten surf spots in the world!

Experiences & Things to Do at Arugam Bay

A Visit to Magul Maha Viharaya - Arugam Bay -  Sri Lanka In Style
A Visit to Magul Maha Viharaya

Magul Maha Viharaya is located in close proximity to the Lahugala National Park. The temple carries evidence to the royal marriage of King Kavantissa.

A Visit to Muhudu Maha Viharaya - Arugam Bay -  Sri Lanka In Style
A Visit to Muhudu Maha Viharaya

Hidden in the tranquil environs of Pottuvil, Muhudu Maha Viharaya sits on the sand dunes of the east. The ancient ruins are scattered across 32 miles.

Kudumbigala Climb - Arugam Bay -  Sri Lanka In Style
Kudumbigala Climb

The Kudumbigala monastic complex in Panama, off the coastal area of Ampara in the East, was built in 246 BC during the epoch of King Devanampiyatissa.

Surf’s up in Arugam Bay - Arugam Bay -  Sri Lanka In Style
Surf’s up in Arugam Bay

Known as one of the best surfing hotspots in the world, Arugam Bay boasts several surf points, which are ideal for both pros and beginners.

Jeep safari to Kumana - Arugam Bay -  Sri Lanka In Style
Jeep safari to Kumana

Located in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, Kumana National Park is one of the largest parks in the island.


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