Explore Arugambay

Lovely Arugambay, a moon shaped curl of soft sand, is a home to a famed point break that many regard as the best surf spot in the country. It is a tiny place, with a population of a few hundred and every thing is dotted along a single road which parallels the coast. If you are not a surfer, there are plenty of other draws: beach front guest houses, Oceanside restaurants and a mellow, swing-another-day-in-a-hammock kind of vibe that’s totally removed from the brash west-cost beach resorts. Arugambay also makes a great base for several adventures in the surrounding hinterland. During the low season (November to April) things get extremely quiet and many place close altogether, but it can also be a serene time to visit with few tourist and verdant landscape.


Arugambay has been a stepping stone on the Indian ocean trail for a long time, thanks to its reoutation for being a class act in an exotic, laid back zone. Long, lazy rights peel down the sand and rocksouthern point of Arugmbay for hundreds of meters, bending to parallel to the beach and slowly diminishing in size alone the way. Variety of break points are the home for all level of surfers regardless of their level of skill.

Break points

Main Point

Surf: Arugambay’s Main Point is known for its sweeping (400m - 600m) right hand point break; the headland is oriented perfectly to receive the South-South-East swell and holds best between 3ft - 8ft. As the wave is situated at the top of this head land there is no protection from any cross winds during the season.

Level: Recommended for intermediate to advanced surfers, this wave can get pretty gnarly on low tide and big swells; keep in mind the reef it rolls over!

What else: This is the spot where Sri Lanka's only international surf competition is held. It's only a 5-minute walk from Hideaway.

Crowds and refreshments: Can get crowded. Food and drink available at Upali’s Beach Surf Cafe.

Baby Point

Surf : Baby Point works from July onwards and is technically the continuation of the wave from Main Point. As the wave folds around the headland, it runs into the bay, parallel to the beach. Once the beach has fully formed and all rock and reef has been covered up by sand, Baby Point is at its peak; between 2ft – 4ft

Level : A great setup for beginners and long boarders - leisurely waves and sandy bottoms.

What else : A 2 minute walk from Hideaway.

Crowds and refreshments : Varied crowds; remember that this is the main beach of the bay, though, so there are more than just surfers out here on busy days. Food and drink is plentiful.

North of Arugambay

Pottuvil Point

Surf : Pottuvil Point is arguably one of the best right hand waves on the island when it works (August & September). Score an 800 metre long ride and expect the wave to change multiple times - heavy take offs into a hollow section, followed by a mellow ride into the bay before it walls up to the sand; between 3ft - 6ft

Level : All levels can enjoy a ride here as a result of multiple take off locations. The inside section can be gentle and is sandy.

What else : 15 minute tuk-tuk ride through the town of Pottuvil; scenic.

Crowds and refreshments: Less crowded. No shade or food and drink available – travel prepared.

Whiskey Point

Surf: Waves are guaranteed all season long at Whiskey point because of its unique setup, the sweet spot just to the side of the rocks is an easy place to sit - one doesn't require much effort to get onto a wave when positioned correctly. The right hand wave is not so technical and tends to be fat and slow; between 2ft – 6ft

Level: Great for learners and a preferred spot for surf lessons. Also if you are just getting back into the water after awhile and need to regain confidence.

What else: 20-minute tuk-tuk ride through farmland and villages.

Crowds and refreshments: Can get crowded. There is a restaurant, Sababa, with music, food and refreshments which makes this a popular beach.

Wildlife watching

Sri lanka is the one of the best places in Asia in seeing wildlife. The island isolation from the mainland, the heavy rainfall of the two diagonally blowing monsoons, and the country’s wide range of altitides hae given Sri lnka a variation in climate and biodiversity normally found only across an entire continent

Kumana national park

A lack of crowds yet an abundance of beautiful scenery and wildlife make Kumana National Park an excellent place to visit, particularly for bird enthusiasts
Sri Lanka’s sanctuary for endemic and migratory birds, Kumana National Park, is one of the country’s largest protected breeding grounds, home to some 255 species of birds. Kumana has become a popular eco tourism attraction and bird sanctuary because of its lake populated by large flocks of migratory waterfowls and other species of wading birds. The surroundings are also popular for pelicans, painted stalks, spoonbills, white ibis, heron, and little cormorants. A dry zone tropical thorn forest surrounds the wetlands with a variety of flora, dominant trees and common aquatic plants that form colourful swamps. The vegetation includes mangroves and kumbuk trees. As well as its wildlife significance, the sanctuary also has a cultural connection recorded in rock inscriptions that date back to 1st and 2nd centuries BC.

Yala natinal park

Best for: Leopards – the park hosts around 30, some of which are fairly bold for this normally secretive cat. Located in the south-east of Sri Lanka, Yala is a beautiful area of lowland dry scrub sitting on a long stretch of coastline, punctuated by rocky outcrops. It is the premier national park of Sri Lanka, and arguably one of the best for mammals in Asia. The top draw is the Sri Lankan leopard, a sub-species endemic to the country; in certain areas of the park, the average leopard density is as high as one cat to every square kilometer. During the fruiting of the palu trees in June and July, sloth bears are often observed. Other animals you might spot include sambar (a large deer), spotted deer, buffalo, wild pig, stripe-necked and ruddy mongooses, langur monkey, toque monkey, golden jackal and Indian palm civet. The combination of freshwater, marine, scrub and woodland areas ensures a high diversity of birds. Indeed, the park hosts 220 different types, and serious twitchers have recorded 100 species in a single day. Ardent birdwatchers should also visit Bundala National Park (an hour away) or the Palatupana Salt Pans (ten minutes away), especially for migrant shorebirds.

Cooking class

We lemon tree tours share the experience of thirty years in cooking to teach you the traditional meals of sri lanka. You can choose what you want to learn. We teach you to cook Rice and curries (three curries, coconut sambol and crunchy Papadams)

Lagoon boat tour

Pottuvil Lagoon is located 4 km from Arugambay with a view of Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point. Over 200 acres in size and inside the lagoon is a small, beautiful island. The lagoon is surrounded by mangrove forests that are home to an abundance of wildlife.
During the two-hour canoe tour through Pottuvil Lagoon you will experience the serenity and beauty of a mangrove ecosystem which includes: Above the water we can see many species but under water it is a nursery for marine life, fishes, prawns, and crabs. the ecosystem of the lagoon, includes animals, plants and the fishermen that rely on it for their livelihood. You can watch and enjoy many species of birds, crocodiles, monitor lizards, elephants, water buffaloes, quiet water experience alongside wildlife and fishermen.
Crocodiles on the shore or in the mangrove tree roots. Birds such a sea eagles, kingfishers, pelicans, herons, Jacana, common coots, and darters. In the trees you can see both varieties of Sri Lankan monkeys Elephants live on the small island or in the jungle
In addition to just a safari this is where you are supporting local community to earn their living. Fishermen are highly dependent on this eco tour to make their daily income to support their extended family life.

Kudumbigala Monastery

Kudumbigala Monastery lies eleven miles from Panama and seventeen miles away from the Kumana Village.lies 25 km from Arugambay.
Kudumbigala monastic complex was built in 246 BC, during the time of King Devanampiyatissa. It was first established as a refuge for the Buddhist monks who wanted to get away from the busy Cities. Archaeologists had recovered over 200 rock caves belonging to this forgotten monastery. Kudumbigala Monastery Only Cylindrical Dagaba to survive in Sri Lanka today
The inscriptions in Brahmi script and other evidence in the recently discovered cave, Maha Sudharshana Lena, shows that Kudumbigala was established as an Aranya Senansanaya in the pre-Christian era. A stone inscription has it that the Maha Sudharshana Lena was built and gifted to the Arahats by the Giant Warrior Nandimitra, one of King Dutugemunu’s “Dasa Maha Yodayas”, the ten giant warriors.

Magul Maha Viharaya

Lahugala is one of the unspoilt National Parks in Sri Lanka on the Monaragala District. The Siyambalanduwa – Pottuvil Road runs on the south-eastern sector of the park. The Magul Maha Viharaya lies about 22 km off from Siyambalanduwa town and about 11 km off Pottvil.
This temple is said to be built by King Kavanthissa in the 2nd Century BC on the location where the King married the pricecess Vihara Maha Devi. The foundations of the “Magul maduwa” where the wedding ceremony took place can still be seen in the vihara premises.
The entire Vihara complex had covered an extent of around 10,000 acres where ruins of a palace, moonstone, monastery, bo-maluwa, stupas, ponds etc. are found scattered all over. The moonstone here is said to be unique in the country as this is the the only location where elephants are carved with their mahouts in the moonstone.


Surfing Boards

We rent all kind of surfboards for beginners to pro surfers. We organize surf safaris and surf camps

Cooking Classes

Sharing thirty years of experience in cooking sri lankan food. Many are good in cooking but legends only good in teach

Surfing Lessons

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn surfing while you are in the capital of surfing


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