One of the most relaxing places to visit in Sri Lanka is Arugam Bay. White sandy beaches, gentle breezes, plenty of restaurants, yoga classes on the beach, and a hot spot for surfers, you’ll indeed find something you like there!
In Arugam Bay, you will almost automatically go into relaxation mode. A week in Arugam Bay is undoubtedly not a punishment, especially if you are a surfing enthusiast. So here’s what you can do there!
Spend the Night Among the Palm Trees
Many hotels are located along the beach or just a few meters from the beach. Sam’s Hat Beach Hotel is one of the most beautiful places we can think of. There are a few reservable huts in the courtyard, and the beach is very close. Hammocks are hanging here and there, and seats outside each hut. There is also a bar to have a cold lassi (a milkshake-like drink). It’s hard to get a better holiday feeling than that!
Jeep Safari in Kumana National Park
Sri Lanka is known for its various national parks where you can encounter wildlife. From Arugam Bay, Kumana National Park is the closest park. You can book a jeep safari from the Arugam Bay itself in places such as the Argamaby Khan Safari and Resort. This organization also has other tours to explore the environment and nature. At Kumana Park, if you are lucky, you can see leopards, elephants, bison, crocodiles, and different kinds of birds. It is definitely a safari as the guide will show you as many different animals as possible. The trip takes about half a day.
Relax on the Beach
The beach at Arugam Bay is a great place to relax. Grab a good book, lie down on a towel, and take a dip in the ocean anytime you want. Besides, there is a beach bar every few meters to drink fresh juice and eat typical Sri Lankan roti or kottu (chopped roti).
Breakfast on the Beach
Restaurants that are attractively lit at night and serve cocktails until late provide an oasis of calm for breakfast the following day. Stay Golden has a great menu and a nice view of the ocean. You can also enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Lemon Tree. It’s an excellent base for surfing and trips to the national parks.
Yoga on the Beach
Yoga can be pretty challenging when the temperature is above 30 degrees Celsius. Several yoga schools offer classes on the beach or outside in a quiet area. For example, Stay Golden and Wave Flow Yoga. Not all yoga schools are open all year round, but most are associated with the surfing season (May to October).
Surfing in Arugam Bay
During the surfing season, the place is filled with well-trained men and women who head to the ocean with surfboards under their arms. Tourists also like to give it a try. Advanced surfers will enjoy Potville Point and Elfant Rock. There are more than enough surf schools in Arugam Bay to rent a board, so you can surf every day – it’s that kind of place!
Are you a beginner? Then you can choose one of the many surf schools and take a lesson. Amigo employs friendly and patient instructors. Once you book your lesson, you and your instructor will take a tuk-tuk (with your surfboard on board) to Whiskey Point. Even if you don’t like surfing, the high waves and the experienced surfers gliding over them are a beautiful sight! You simply take a ferry across a small lake to get to the surf spot. Fortunately, only a few crocodiles are there, but you can’t see them.
Nightlife in Arugam Bay
From May to October, this place is bustling with activity. The restaurants are literally connected to each other on the main street, so you can eat somewhere every night if you want to. You can find everything from western burgers to rice, rotis, and curries. Parties are held regularly during this time of the year.
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