The village is mainly a surfer’s paradise that attracts highly skilled surfers from across the globe to ride its almost perfect waves. Be it a beginner or an expert, A’bay (Arugam Bay’s nickname) is one of the best places in the world for surfing! Its surfing popularity has increased to the level of the launch of a trendy line of beach wear under the brand name ‘Arugam Bay’.
Of particular interest are surrounding jungles and mangroves enveloped within beautiful lagoons which are known to be fantastic bird watching locations.
Things to do in Arugam Bay
A visit to Arugam Bay is all about surfing. There are various surfing points to choose from, depending on whether you are a beginner or an expert looking to ride the high waves. Popular surfing points to name a few include Arugam point, Pottuvil point and Crocodile rock, which have earned a reputation over the years for being the very best in this area. Each has its unique wave heights, and rides, and is within a half-hour tuk-tuk drive from each other.
Surrounded by three reservoirs, this 1500 plus hectare national park (formerly an elephant sanctuary) is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts. Among its tall grass plains, wondering elephants and a variety of bird life also flock to the reservoirs.
The ancient ruins of a temple that lie in east Lahugala are known as Ruhunu Maha Vihara, as they belonged to the Ruhunu Kingdom. This temple, built by King Dhatusena (453-474 A.D.), now lies in ruins except for an exceptional moonstone structure said to be the only one of its kind in the country. Its remains that lie within the dense jungle make it a fascinating site to explore.
A beautiful and scenic lagoon stretches out in Panama situated 10-km away from Arugam Bay. Unfortunately, some of these lagoons have been destroyed in the name of development, but the few that remain in their natural form are home to a fascinating variety of bird life and reptiles.
One of these undisturbed lagoons is the Pottuvil lagoon considered to be the most scenic of them all, located within 2 km of Arugam Bay. A boat ride in its thickets and mangroves, home to colourful birds and crocodiles, will add an adventurous twist to your visit.
Travel Tips and Planning Information
This part of the island does not see much rain and it is usually hot and humid right through the year. Temperatures average between 300C – 350C, with gentle winds offering refreshing respite from the heat