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Travel Guide To Arugam Bay

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Arugam bay is a small city in south east coast of Sri Lanka. This is one of the world top surfing destinations. Everything including restaurants, shops and surf rental places are dotted along a single road which parallels the coast. Low season is from November to April. City and beach become very quiet. Many places close altogether. Maybe it is your thing. Busy season starts from April until October. The waves in season time are world famous. Parties are going on in the night to morning. Small town of Pottuvil is simply the transport gateway for Arugam Bay. It is about 3km further south from Arugam Bay.

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  • Arugam Bay Surfing – Most famous reason to visit here. There are three famous locations for Surfing (Main Point, Whiskey Point and Peanut Farm) All these locations have beautiful beaches.
  • Yoga – there are loads of Yoga places to choose from.
  • Rent a motor bike – There are lot of beautiful things to see. Specially Panama and Kumana National Park. Kumana is a bird watchers paradise.
  • Beach – you want to just relax, read a book, work on your tan or go for a dip.
  • Panama Tank and Panama Lagoon eco safari.
  • Kumana National Park Safari – If you have not done any safari in Sri Lanka, start here. Kumana is in Yala east. You will see lots of Birds, Elephants and if you are lucky few leopards.
  • Whiskey Point on Friday Nights – Great music, lots of Dancing and drinks.
  • The legendary weekly beach party at Mambo’s.
  • Pottuvil Lagoon, Mangrove Eco tour and ruins.
  • Elephant Point – Climb up the elephant rock to have a great view of the whole area.
  • MuhuduMaha Viharaya – This beautiful white temple can be seen from Arugam Bay beach.
  • Kudimbigala Monastery – A monastery in the middle of the jungle on a rock.

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A few kilometres inland from Okanda lies the Kudumbigala Forest Hermitage. Hundreds of caves there had given shelter to the Buddhist monks as far back as the first century BC to date. Just East of Lahugala lies a cluster of ruins of the ancient Buddhist Temple called the ‘Magul Maha Viharaya’ built by King Dhatusena (515-526 AD). With the ruins of dagoba, vatadage, image house and well-persevered doormats called moonstones the location within the jungle has become a site of religious worship. Magul Maha Viharaya : The Magul Maha Viharaya, which was constructed during the reign of King Dhatusena, is also believed to be the venue where the royal wedding of King Kavantissa and Princess Vihara Maha Devi had taken place. It is located eight kilometres west of Pottuvil along the A4 main road.