Are you a keen surfer? If so, you can immediately recognize the name Arugam Bay. Even if you are not, you may be interested in learning more about this popular tourist attraction. Arugam Bay is a sleepy little village 320 km east of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka and is ranked among the top ten surf destinations in the world. In this article I will tell you 5 good reasons to visit Arugam Bay.
Arugam Bay is not your typical surf destination with modern amenities. Rather, it is a community-based destination where small guest houses and an unusual star hotel lie side by side. This does not make it less attractive to regular visitors who make repeated visits each year. Although the destination was devastated by the tsunami in 2004 and the conflict, the enterprising community of Arugam Bay has returned to its old glory. Many improved routes that reduced travel time by almost an hour and a half and the return of tranquility made Arugam Bay a destination you should not miss.
Here are the top 5 reasons to visit Arugam Bay:
- It is the third highest rated among the ten surfing destinations in the world. So if you are a surfing enthusiast or interested in learning to surf, this is just the place for you. You don't even have to wear your gear, as you can hire surf equipment from local teams that also offer beginner surfing training. It boasts over 10 surf points and the waves are great between April and October, and is also the scene for local and international surfing competitions organized during this period.
- From November to April, the sea is great for snorkeling and diving, and the conditions are right if you're looking for a relaxing getaway. Accommodation rates can get quite low and you can find a pretty decent room with basic amenities for about $ 15 a night.
- If you are a wildlife lover, the excellent wildlife sanctuaries are only minutes from this destination. The Lagugala Sanctuary, known for its elephants, is no more than 20 minutes away by car. You can even pass some of these majestic beasts if you're on the road, if you take the inland route to get here. The Cumana Bird Sanctuary is located just 10 km south of Arugam Bay, and birds from Siberia are known to migrate to this place to escape from winter.
- The sand dunes in Panama allow you to wander around a pristine stretch of land and even go on a jeep safari to the dunes. The dunes in Potuville are much closer, but it is located in a lively small town, but no less attractive in its own small way.
- The area near Arugam Bay also boasts many ancient monuments. The Kudumbibala Archaeological Reserve hosts monastery caves dating from around the 12th century AD. The ancient Okanda temple, dedicated to Lord Skanda, located on a rocky slope south of Arugam Bay, is believed to be included in the Sinbad Tales of the Sailor. Monuments related to the southern kingdom of Magama for almost a thousand years have been discovered in Potuville, by the dunes and at the Lahugala shrine. It is said to have been built in honor of the mother of warrior king Dutugemunu of the kingdom of Aradhapura.
The sights of Arugam Bay are so numerous, numerous and serve visitors with different interests. It's just amazing that so many attractions have to lie so close to each other. Coupled with the extremely friendly service from the villagers who run the facilities, I would strongly recommend you visit here, especially if you are on a small budget.