Arugam Bay Guide – 7 x Things To Do in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay Guide – 7 x Things To Do in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay Guide – 7 x Things To Do in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka is known as surfers paradise and one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. It is one of those areas in the world you have to visit at least once in a lifetime. With world-famous Yala National Park as its neighbor, Arugam Bay is lucky to be surrounded by with loads of wildlife like monkeys, elephants, and crocodiles. The bay is trendy and a great place to spend at least 3 days. Use this Arugam Bay Guide to plan your visit.

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Important to know is that busy season runs from June until August. The waves in this season are world famous. Parties are going on in the night. Outside of this season, the weather is still great, just no waves, no parties. The season you should go is up to you. Restaurants and shops are open from February until October.

1. Climb up Elephant Rock

The Arugam area owns many great bays, Elephant Point is one of those. Elephant Rock is located at the end of this bay and a great place to get up and have a view of the whole area.

Getting there is not the most obvious road, the good part is that it only takes 20 minutes.

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From Arugam Town, drive the main road and turn left when you see the sign of the Navy Camp. Keep left, follow the road until the next split, take a right towards a small lake. Just before the lake, turn left and keep going straight until the end.

Please keep a few things in mind. It’s not recommended to be here alone in the morning or late afternoon as elephants will pass this area. Also don’t go near to the rivers as crocodiles are active here. Sorry to scare you but this has to be said.

2. Muhudu Maha Viharaya

This beautiful white temple can be spotted from Arugam Bay beach. It is located beautifully located in the sand dunes of Pottuvil. Combine this with a visit to the beach or Whiskey Point.

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3. Surf & Chill

Arugam Bay is world famous for his waves in high season. Some swear that there isn’t a better place to surf. Big companies like Red Bull organize competitions here.

Rent a board in town and explore the popular surf spots: baby point, peanut farm beach, main point or elephant point. High season in Arugam Bay runs from June until August.

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After some surf, chill at one of the many cafes like The Hideout or Stay Golden. There are also many Yoga lessons available through the whole bay’s high season.

Visiting in Low Season
Do not skip Arugam Bay because there are no waves. In February and March, you can do all these things to do in Arugam Bay except for surfing. Prices are about 5 times lower than in high season.

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4. Lagoon Safari

Going on a 2-hour lagoon safari is one of the popular things to do in Arugam Bay. The beautiful untouched lagoons, Kottukal or Urani, holds many crocodiles, elephants can be spotted and other wildlife. We can recommend Azi Taxi to be your transport.

Yala National Park is quite close to Arugam Bay and a perfect place to spot even more wildlife like leopards!

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5. Arugam Bay Guide, Be a foodie

Arugam is full of small trendy places where foodies can get quite happy. They offer everything from Sri Lankan dishes, fresh seafood, wood oven pizzas and even Vegan food or the smoothie bowls. We’ve rated the restaurants by yummy ? rating.

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Tip: During the Friday prayers most of the restaurants close for a few hours.

6. See and help the fishermen

In low season, the fishermen will be at the main beach every morning. Go check out how they weigh their catch of the day, which directly goes to the restaurants. And help them a hand to drag the boat on the beach.

7. Kudumbigala Monastery

A monastery located in the middle of the jungle. Sounds great right? You will need about 45-minutes from Arugam Bay to get to the foot of the rock. The climb is not the easiest but you will have a view over the whole region.

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The view from the monastery by lena_moony

Visiting Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is a bit dislocated from the standard Sri Lanka Route. Visiting from Trincomalee (5h) or Ella (2.5h) are the best options to reach the bay. You can even do a 2-day Sri Lanka East-Coast road trip from Trincomalee.

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  • Hi, me and my partner are traveling to Sri Lanka on September 5th. How is the weather and where should we go to avoid monsoons?
    Max & Malin

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Max and Malin,

      September is generally a great time to go to Sri Lanka as thats right as the south monsoon season is ending and just before the north east monsoon begins. However you may still get the end of the rains in the southwest and potentially in high places like Ella. You should be good in most areas though and if it does rain it is unlikely to last too long! Enjoy your trip :)

  • Love your articles. We will be visiting SL in July and planning a number of nights in AB. Are we able to access safari trips to Yala from AB or better to stay nights in Tissa before moving onto Unawatuna?

  • Harri Edwards

    Travelling to Arugam Bay in a few weeks from Trincomalee; did you get the bus to Pottuvil or get a private car? I was considering the bus then maybe grab a tuk tuk to Arugam.



  • Hey, Love your post, I am planning my trip to Sri Lanka and have been reading your posts? Just wondering did you travel from Ella to Arugum Bay? If so, it would be great if you could let me know how? I am struggling to find any info online! Thanks so much!

    • saltinourhair

      We traveled from Trincomalee to Arugam and Arugam to Ella. You can use the local buses or try to split a taxi with other travelers.

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