"Arugam bay" Sri Lanka Things to Do Tip by josephescu
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Situated on the Indian Ocean in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's South-East coast, Arugam Bay is a world class surfing destination. It?s basically a simple laid back strip of beach accommodation.
From April to October it has one of the best surfing waves in the world. During the low season (Nov ? April) things get very quiet, but with very few tourists, it?s one of the best places to unwind, eat seafood and enjoy the riches of simple life doing eveything by the sea.
Many of the buildings in the village were destroyed in the 2004 tsunami. Due to its popularity among tourists the area has managed a slow recovery by private initiatives only.
There is excellent elephant viewing nearby as well as two types of monkeys wandering around the area. The nearby (4 km) Muslim village of Pottuvil is the center of commerce and transportation while tourist accommodations lie along the beach to the south of Pottuvil. Arugam Bay is also the gateway and only access to the Yala East National Park.
Don?t forget to walk to the small fishermen?s village south of Arugam for out of time picturesque scenes and friendly chat with the locals.
Directions: jump in a bus to Monaragala, then change in Siyambulanduwa. From there, 3 hours by bus to Pottuvil, accompanied by military after night fall.
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