Arugam Bay is a favorite for surfers, as it has some of the best waves in Sri Lanka. Also known as A-Bay, the left-hand point break here is regarded as world class in terms of both waves and backdrop.
The beach Arugam Bay is pleasant enough. A long crescent of soft golden sand backed by leaning palm trees runs alongside the blue ocean waters. Besides surfing there isn’t a great deal to do herre except rrelax and enoy the view.
The little town here is really just a single street that runs parallel to the beach with small shops, cafes, and guesthouses.
Nearby is Lahugala National Park, where you can see wild elephants. The park isn’t officially open to the public and vehicles are prohibited from the park. You can trek through the park, However, but given the population of wild elephants it is considered somewhat risky to do so. Instead it is reccommended to park up at one of the nearby viewpoints, such as the one near Lahugala Hospital, from which there is a good chance of spotting some of the local wildlife.
South of Arugam Bay, are a number of lesser-known, long, unspoilt secitions of beach which are home to a couple of impressive rock formations. Known as Elephant Rock and Crocodile Rock these are located near the dusty beachside village of Panama.
Arugam Bay is a charming, laid back place to spend some time, and if you love surfing, this is the place to do it. You will find spots for all levels of surfers, from beginner to advanced, and you can even try body surfing for free.
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