Sri Lanka is one of the great unsung surfing destinations in the world. While there is a surf season in the South of Sri Lanka and one in the East you still can find a good swell outside the official seasons. The best surf points in Sri Lanka are located on the South and East Coast with Hikkaduwa and Arugam Bay being the busiest, but there are many “secret spots” like Unawatuna, Ahangama, Weligama, Mirissa or Yala
The most popular spot for surfing in Sri Lanka is Arugambay beach on the east coast. Located at 314 kms from Colombo, Arugam bay is one of top 10 surf spots in the world.
The beach settlement of Arugam Bay on the south-east coast is especially popular during the season between July and August when surfers come in search of the thrilling wave breaks. Keen surfers usually make the eight hour long journey on the A4 route directly from Colombo to Arugam Bay. Arugam Bay is easily accessible from other parts of the country including the southern highlands (Badulla, Ella, Haputale), central hills (Kandy), Buttala foothills (Uda Walawe, Yala, Tissa) and the South Coast.
Pottuvil Point situated on a deserted beach north of Arugam Bay is more suitable for experienced surfers; Crocodile Rock another challenging surf point is located south of Arugam Bay. Waves of up to 5ft – 6ft and up to a 400 meter ‘ride’ and the relatively isolated beaches are a major attraction to surfers.
During the monsoon period from April/May to October the surf is uninviting. Hikkaduwa, less than half an hour north of Galle, is the most famous surf destination on the west coast and has many budget guesthouses, beach restaurants and fun nightlife. The best surfing spots in Hikkaduwa are in Wewala. Narigama is good for body surfing. The journey to Hikkaduwa from the international airport in Colombo will take about 3.5 hours.
Lesser-known bays to the south, such as Ahangama, have a sprinkling of uplifting guesthouses and secluded beaches.
Sri Lanka’s south coast starting from the city of Galle up to Tangalle consists of delightful coral-protected bays and headlands and offers a greater diversity of beaches than the southwest coast. At Kabalana, Midigama, Weligama, Mirissa and Matara – surfers prowl the shores in search of some of the best waves in Sri Lanka. Dickwella has some of the island’s best dive spots and Tangalle offers secluded, uninterrupted cove filled beaches.