Surfboards are neatly lined outside the shops. Restaurants are packed with diners who are either munching subs or gulping fresh lassis. Boho-chic women walk barefooted under the punishing heat. It may seem like you’re in Boracay but no. Welcome to Arugam Bay, the surf capital in the southeast coast of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka was the third country on our two-month Beach Hop Asia 2016 backpacking trip. After exploring Malaysia and Thailand, me and my buddy headed to Colombo for transit then went to Sigiriya for a four-day exploration on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and then explored Kalkudah Beach. We then moved to Arugam Bay for a four-day short stint.
Arugam Bay may be one of the reasons why some tourists go to Sri Lanka mainly because of a number of quality surf breaks that is almost perfect for surfer dudes. After our deserted beach experience in Kalkudah at Batticaloa District, we headed to the famous bay for another round of sun, sand and saltwater scene.
|Most buses in Sri Lanka had this nonstop funky upbeat songs while traveling|
From the town center to our home in Arugam Bay, you’d see a drastic change in the mood and tone; from roadside markets and local shops to surf shops and hippie bars. It wasn’t as loud as Koh Phi Phi in Thailand but you’d feel the touristy vibe here. There were also some travel agencies that offer daytrips to nearby destinations such as Yala and Kumana National Parks which we didn’t avail, which is a good reason to come back.
|Colorful fishing boats along Arugam Bay|
|And then we got bored...|
|So we walked along the shore under the intense midday sun.|
|The Buddhist temple stood out with its white finish.|
Check for discounted hotels in Arugam Bay