ARUGAM BAY BEACH
A beach that is synonymous with surfing, Arugam Bay beach, with its serene palm-rimmed village of simple restaurants and cabanas, is, by far, the most popular attraction in the East Coast. The Bay features an attractive, sweeping palm-fringed beach in front of the quaint little fishing village and a famous break point that makes it particularly popular with surfers from around the world. Towards the south of the surf promontory is a long, deserted beach leading down to the Crocodile Rock, from where wild elephants can be seen quite often.
Arugam Bay Beach has some of the best conditions for a variety of exciting water sports including swimming, boating and wind sailing. The many ship wrecks off the coast and the beautiful coral reef abounding with colorful shoals of tropical fish also offer a tempting challenge for underwater photography for divers. The area is an excellent launching-pad from which tourists can explore the lovely countryside and its plethora of colorful attractions like the Yala East National Park, the Lahugala National Park and the magical Kudimbigala Forest Hermitage, makes it an all-round tourist hotspot.
Hugely popular with the surfing fraternity, Arugam Bay Beach is also the most multi-cultural beach destination in Sri Lanka with the location being home to Sinhalese, Muslim and Tamil populations. Together with an eclectic character and laid-back vibe that continues to entice a growing expat community and water sport aficionados, Arugam Bay promises visitors utmost relaxation and infinite possibilities for fun in the sun, surf and sand.