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Matara
Suitable for all surfers, especially in February.
Weligama
This is a great spot for beginners and longboards.
Unawatuna
Perfect for advanced surfers, with a 150m-short ride.
Arugam Bay
A surf mecca with waves perfect for all levels!
When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka

Best time to go

With a contrasting western and eastern side, this teardrop-shaped island has two seasons perfect for surfing. On the southwest side around Galle, you’ll find quality mellow waves from November to March. From April to October the more consistent swell takes over in the east. Depending on where you are, sea temperatures remain steady at about 27ºC, so you can surf in Sri Lanka all year long!

Best time to go

With a contrasting western and eastern side, this teardrop-shaped island has two seasons perfect for surfing. On the southwest side around Galle, you’ll find quality mellow waves from November to March. From April to October the more consistent swell takes over in the east. Depending on where you are, sea temperatures remain steady at about 27ºC, so you can surf in Sri Lanka all year long!

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Surfing in Sri Lanka: What to Expect

Sri Lanka is for you if:

  • You are looking for an affordable surf holiday
  • You want to surf in warm water all year round
  • You wish to learn to surf against a gorgeous tropical backdrop
  • Why go surfing in Sri Lanka?

    Thanks to the consistent swells from the Indian Ocean, its variety of waves and delicious, cheap food, Sri Lanka is a dream destination for beginner surfers and experienced wave hunters alike. You will progress fast, as you will find trickier, more challenging waves in the immediate vicinity of the gentle, beginner-friendly ones.

    Is Sri Lanka a good place to learn to surf?

    Regardless of the swell, most waves in Sri Lanka are gentle enough for beginners, and are among the best in the world to try surfing for the first time and improve your skills. There are numerous spots with mellow waves breaking over a sandy bottom, easy access, friendly locals, surf schools, and facilities.

    Where should you go if you are a beginner surfer?

    Weligama is the best beginner surf spot in Sri Lanka, and the waves work all year round. Mirissa Left in the Southern Province and Hikkaduwa are popular among first-timers too. Unawatuna has a shallow beach break for beginner surfers, and Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka’s surfing capital, has waves for all levels.

    Where should you go if you are an intermediate surfer?

    Lazy Left and Lazy Right at Midigama offer long rides on gentle point breaks. Mirissa Right can get hollow and shallow and is great for building confidence on a reef break. With a larger swell, Hikkaduwa is great for progressing. Arugam Bay and its nearby breaks offer long rides on reef and point breaks.

    Where should you go if you are an advanced surfer?

    The waves in Sri Lanka are never too big, but they can be tricky, long, and hollow. Rams at Midigama is a great place to get barreled. Okanda, south of Arugam Bay, is an exposed point break that offers steep and fast waves. Pottuvil Point and Whisky Point north of Arugam Bay are technical and fast.

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    Sri Lanka at a glance
    This is what’s up in Sri Lanka: it has opposing coastlines, giving you sublime surfing conditions all year round!
    Coastline
    With two opposing coastlines, totalling 1,340 km (833 mi), it’s possible to surf all year round
    Best Time to Surf
    Best time to surf on the West Coast is from January to April and on the East Coast from May to July
    Surf Breaks
    Sri Lanka has different surf breaks to choose from: sand bottom points, beach breaks, and reef breaks
    High Season
    From November to March (West Coast) or April to October (East Coast)
    Currency
    The Sri Lankan Rupee is the official currency in Sri Lanka
    Price of a beer
    The average price of a domestic draft beer in Sri Lanka is around 350.00 Rs (€1,90)
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