Arugam Bay, a charming coastal town situated on the East Coast of Sri Lanka, is an idyllic destination that offers a blend of natural beauty, thrilling activities, and a vibrant beach culture. As a former fishing village turned popular tourist spot, Arugam Bay has something for everyone.
Plan your visit
Keep in mind that the best time to explore Arugam Bay is between February and October. The peak season runs from May to September, known for its ideal surfing conditions and lively atmosphere. If you prefer a quieter experience with more affordable prices, consider visiting during the pre-season months.
To make the most of your time in Arugam Bay, here are some top recommendations:
Ride the Waves
Arugam Bay is renowned as a surfer’s paradise, attracting surfers from around the globe. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, there are plenty of surf schools and spots to cater to all skill levels. Main Point, Whiskey Point, Peanut Farm, and Baby Point are just a few of the popular surf locations you can explore.
Experience Pottuvil Lagoon
Take a break from the surf and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Pottuvil Lagoon. Hop on a boat and enjoy a peaceful ride, especially during sunset. Keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife, including birds, monkeys, elephants, and crocodiles.
Embark on a Safari Adventure
Just a short drive from Arugam Bay lies Kumana National Park, also known as Yala East. Join a safari tour and witness the diverse wildlife of Sri Lanka, including elephants, leopards, crocodiles, and an abundance of bird species. Remember to start early, pack food and water, and embrace the wonders of nature.
Dive into the Nightlife
Arugam Bay is synonymous with its vibrant nightlife. Dance the night away at popular spots like Mambo’s and Whiskey Point, known for their energetic parties. Additionally, you’ll find numerous bars and restaurants offering a wide range of drinks and cocktails, often with happy-hour discounts.
Find Inner Peace with Yoga
Arugam Bay also caters to those seeking relaxation and self-reflection. Numerous yoga studios and hotels in the area offer yoga classes. You can even practice yoga on the beach, enjoying the soothing sound of the waves as you find balance and tranquility.
Unwind and Chill
Amidst the lively atmosphere, take time to simply relax. Grab a book, take a nap, or observe the world go by. Arugam Bay provides ample spaces, both indoors and outdoors, where you can find your own peaceful corner.
Explore Ancient Temples
Discover the rich history of Arugam Bay by visiting the Muhudu Maha Viharaya, an ancient Buddhist temple built over 2,000 years ago. Marvel at the remains of the temple, Buddha statues, and other significant artifacts that tell tales of the past.
Visit Kudumbigala Monastery
Journey 15 miles away from Arugam Bay to explore the Kudumbigala Monastery. This serene site, constructed during the Second Century B.C., served as a refuge for Buddhist monks seeking solitude. Admire the unique cylindrical dagoba and venture into the plastered rock caves adorned with ancient writings and murals.
During your stay, make Ceylon Lodge Airport Transit Hotel & Hostel your comfortable and affordable accommodation choice.
For any inquiries or to book your stay, feel free to contact us directly.
Wishing you safe travels and an unforgettable experience in Arugam Bay. We look forward to welcoming you soon!