Arugam Bay is located in the Eastern coastline of Sri Lanka, approximately 7 to 9 hours’ (320 km) away from Colombo. Though it sounds like a long journey, it is worth mainly because Arugam Bay offers an array of alluring holiday attractions in Sri Lanka. Surfing in Arugam Bay is a popular activity that attracts thousands of tourists annually. Being located in the Indian Ocean, the unspoiled town of Arugam Bay offers an abundance of opportunities for those with a passion for water sports and underwater photography.
Interestingly if you choose an air taxi, then certainly you can reach Arugam Bay in less than 2 hours from the Katunayake International Airport. This traditional fishing village is 2 ½ km away from south of the small town of Pottuvil in the Ampara district which is the centre of commerce and transportation. Pottuvil Lagoon is another emerging tourist spot that is getting popular for its eco tours around the lagoon. Arugam Bay is also the entry point and the only road access to the Yala East National Park, one of the country’s endemic national parks located in the eastern coastal area.
Arugam Bay is also a hotspot that has hosted many national as well as international surfing competitions including the International Surfing Association’s staged competitions.