Monday, February 3, 2014

Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay surf beach is located 314 km from Colombo, 2 ½ km south of the small town of Pottuvil in the Ampara district of Dry Zone South-east coast of Sri Lanka.

Reaching Arugam Bay Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay can be reached from Colombo via Moneragala in 7 hour drive along the A4 main road.

Arugam Bay Beach Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay Beach, a wide sweeping sandy beach in front of the village of Arugam Bay is an attraction for swimming all year-round.

Arugam Bay's first international surfing competition was held by ISA (International Surfing Association) in the summer of 2004 despite the shocking destruction of the Tsunami On December 26, 2004, ISA returned again in 2005 to give the battered local economy of Arugam Bay a boost. The long, consistent right hand point break at the southern end of the Arugam Bay beach makes it the finest surf spot in Sri Lanka.

Arugam Bay Beach with its coral reef being home to an abundance of tropical fish affords delightful snorkeling opportunities.

Arugam Bay Surroundings

The beach isn’t the only attraction at Arugam Bay. The countryside of the village of Arugam Bay brings about loveliest sceneries that span over mangrove, jungle, lagoon, river, rice fields and dunes. Over and above such a landscape is a pair of National Wildlife parks that are home to mammals including Elephants and rich in birdlife. Moreover, the historical and archeological site of Buddhist temple called Magul Maha Vihara reveals the history of the site with its stone inscriptions.

Arugam Bay Surfing season

The surfing season in Arugam Bay starts in April and ends in October. During the season the wind is predominantly offshore.
Average water temperature: 28 degrees
Average air temperature: 32 degrees
Surf spots at Arugam Bay
Arugam Point, a long right hand break close to Arugam Bay, which has (on a good day) 2m waves and a 400m ride. Thirty minutes north of Arugam Bay by three wheeler taxi, Potuvil Point, bit smaller than Arugam Point, breaks off a long sandy beach.

South of Arugam Bay is another surfing point. Thirty minutes by three wheeler taxi and twenty minutes walk, Crocodile Rock, whenever there’s a sufficient swell, a fine spot for beginners and intermediate surfers.

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