Arugam Bay

Lovely Arugam Bay (aru–gam–beh) is the east coast’s most traveller–friendly destination. It’s basically a single laid–back strip of beach accommodation, following the Panama road and backed by the Muslim village of Sinna Ulla.

From April to October it has the best surfing waves in Sri Lanka, but Arugam Bay is also a great place to unwind, eat seafood and enjoy a mellow party scene. During the low season (November to April) things get very quiet, though NGO types still come for weekend getaways and the sea is better for swimming. At any time of year the surrounding region offers some superb opportunities for viewing birdlife, crocodiles and elephants.opportunities for viewing birdlife, crocodiles and elephants.