Arugam Bay is a page from a surfer's dream book where the shore is white and wide, surf is high and the waters clear with an unspoilt beach line stretching for miles.
Arugam Bay is at its best at sunrise when the sky and the beach provide a festival of colours. Fishing boats returning after the night catch, famous jumping fishes heading towards the beach and fisherman waiting with baited lines all join hands to make the perfect picture of a day break.
Most of the people in Pottuvil are fisherman and have returned to their vocation with the dawn of peace. Thus, Pottuvil is also the seafood paradise today with delicacies like prawns, cuttlefish and crabs available at every food outlet!
The beaches are also ideal for sea baths although the waves could be too strong for an amateur.
The surfing season in Arugam Bay starts in April and ends in October. There are four main surf points in Arugam Bay including Arugam Point and Crocodile Rock. Although all of them provide a diverse experience of the sea, the sand and surf—the ultimate experience is the Peanut Farm or Pottuvil Point.
This best, but lesser known, surf point is also hard to get to. The route to the Peanut Farm takes you through a forest inhabited with elephants. The nearly 20 minute drive through the forest brings you to the clearest and the most beautiful beach ever to be created. A long, deserted, sandy beach dotted with some huge boulders at the water’s edge make these waves a favorite with some of the seasoned veterans. Pottuvil Point provides 800 metre rides from the outside section right through to the beach on the inside.
The magic about these waves is that for most of it, a surfer can be working a four foot face and be only a few metres from the beach as the wave grinds down the sandy point. The outside section sucks up and throws out as the swell raps into the point giving a 30 metre wall to work with before it fades as it hits deeper water for about 10 seconds. The surf increases into the day so be sure to be at beach by ten in the morning.
Surfers and visitors are often helped and hosted by small communities of fishermen who live in wooden huts among the forest and who are also keen to maintain the beach which is so heavenly.
Colombo → Monaragala - Siyambalanduwa - Lahugala → Pothuvil → Turn right on to Panama Road → Arugambay (approximately 335 Km and 6 hours drive)