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Welcome to Surf Camp Arugam Bay experience! Arugam Bay Surf Camp is a fun filled surf camp in the heart of Arugam Bay. This surf camp only takes place for 8 days. Joining this surf camp, you will get surf lessons, massage, and all surf equipment required to make your surf camp enjoyable. Also, you will have a chance to taste the best smoothie bowls in town. Come over and enjoy the good vibes and the fun spirit of the surf team!
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport (US$158 per person)
During this surf camp, you will be accommodated for 7 nights in Surf Camp Arugam Bay. We have 7 rooms with comfortable beds and rooms are equipped with ceiling fans. 3 of our rooms have air-conditioning. You can ask for a double room, single room or a twin room depending on your preference.
The instructor to student ration for surfing lessons in this surf camp sticks to an upper limit of 1 : 3 instructors to students ratio. Also, it's important to note that this surf camp does not mix ability levels. Therefore, you will feel more comfortable with your instructions.
You will get to keep all of your surf photos and video footage as this surf camp believes that it's your right to have them. This surf camp will dropbox you the images and videos once they are processed, usually before 30 days after your departure. This comes absolutely free of charge with the surf camp packages.
It is not a must to be able to swim to learn surfing, but it will be an advantage to feel confident in the water and maximize your progress and enjoyment.
Note: Surf coaching will start at 07:30 every day.
Arugam Bay is regarded as a top ten surfing destination in the world. Many say there is a unique vibe in Arugam Bay, which is hard to find anywhere else in the world.
Most of the surf breaks in Arugambay are all located within 20 – 30 minutes of the town. This collection of unique and natural surfing points are indeed a crowd puller, as surfers can pretty much surf in a new point, each day of the week! The fact that so many points exist, is down to the determination, passion and dedication of the true surfing tribe that continues to haunt these east coast waters.
During this surf camp, you will be served daily breakfast. Arugam Bay Surf Camp offers a range of breakfast options, as well as coffee, homemade desserts, and healthy smoothie bowls which is the best in town.
After 7.30, surfing guests can visit the following attractions in the area (not included in the price). You can make day trips from Arugam Bay to see tes plantations, waterfalls, old ruins, Panama sand dunes, temples, and see wildlife in Kumana.
Located about 16 kilometers inland to the west of Potuvil is the 1554 hectare Lahugala Kitulana National Park. The Pottuvil-Monaragala trunk road runs through the south-eastern sector of the park. It is 2 kilometers off the main Monaragala - Pottuvil road some 5 kilometers from Potuvil.
The park lies between larger wildlife reserves of Gal Oya National Park to the north and Ruhuna Yala National Park to the south. The Lahugala park is part of the protected 'Elephant Corridor' for the elephant population to move freely across the south-eastern part of the island initiated by the Government as a part of its nature and wildlife conservation project.
Located on the north to the edge of the park is the Magula Maha Viharaya, an ancient temple built by king Devanmpiyathissa in the second century BC which also attracts tourists. This temple has a historic Vihara, is said to be the location the king married princess Vihara Maha Devi. The foundations of the “Magul maduwa” where the wedding ceremony took place can still be seen in the vihara premises.
The entire vihara complex had covered an extent of around 10,000 acres where ruins of a palace, moonstone, monastery, bo-maluwa, stupas, ponds etc. are found scattered all over. The moonstone here is said to be unique in the country as this is the only location where elephants are carved with their mahouts in the moonstone.
Alongside the Arugambay in Pottuvil is an inconspicuous but ancient temple called Muhudu Maha Viharaya. Many archaeologists believe that this spot, also known as the Samudra Maha Vihara, in fact, marks the place at which Princess Devi set foot in the Ruhuna Kingdom. According to a stone inscription that was found in the vicinity of the shrine, this place had also been called Ruhunu Maha Viharaya in the past.
The temple site which has of late been encroached upon by villagers has been reduced to a small shrine with three granite statues. The central statue is of the Buddha with two more sculptures believed to be those of royalty facing it. Believed to have been built in the 5th century A.D during the reign of King Dhathusena, many believe the royal figures depicted in worshiping position are in fact those of King Kavantissa and his Queen Vihara Maha Devi.
Okanda Hill top has by long tradition been cited as one of the places where a divine katir from Lord Skanda struck. Veddas preserved the sanctity of the place with a simple shrine of stick and ola leaves. According to another myth, the third ray from Vakura Hill reached here and came to rest on this hilltop, making it a favorite site for Murukan worship.
There is yet a third myth according to which, Valli and Murukan arrived in separate stone boats (which still rest on the beach) to reside on top of the Ukantai Malai. The temple is located along the eastern shores of the country, along which the pilgrims walk to Katirkamam. In places like Panama and Kumana, which are close to Ukantai, Tamils and Sinhalese lived in harmony even down to the present day.
Panama village and region still preserves traces of an agrarian tradition that is many thousands of years old, composed of highly skilled and knowledgeable farmers. The region is also home to an extraordinary genetic diversity, particularly renewable forest products from perennial species and from plants of known medicinal value. Many Panama villagers still maintain the cultural knowledge associated with this region.
Cinnamon Air (DBA) has regular flights to Batticaloa with a stopover in Sigiriya for 258 USD per person 4 times a week - Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Cinnamon Air (DBA) also provides an air taxi service where you can charter a water plane to land in Arugam Bay Lagoon. The air taxi seats maximum 8 people and the price is 3360 USD one way.
Local buses from Colombo Main Bus Terminal will depart regularly every hour. The price is 400 - 600 LKR. It will take 10 - 12 hours, depending on how many stops. There will be 1 or 2 shifts.
Direct bus, no 98, departs twice a day from Colombo to Pottuvil at 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. and the journey will be around 8 - 9 hours. Price is 400 - 600 LKR.
Direct private AC bus from Colombo departs daily from Maradana Zahira College car park (opposite Maradana Train Station) at 8 p.m. and arrives at Pottuvil Bus Station around 3.45 a.m. The price is 1500 LKR, and if you have extra luggage they will charge you 500 extra. A tuk tuk from the bus station to Stardust will be around 300 LKR.
Getting from Badulla or Ella to Arugam Bay:
By private van from Badulla, 4 - 5 hours. The price will be around 95 USD.
By private van from Ella 3 - 4 hours. The price will be around 80 USD.
By bus to Pottuvil, 6 hours (sometimes 1 shift) and thereafter 10 minutes tuk tuk drive to A-Bay.
The easiest way to get to Arugam Bay from Colombo is by car / van. The journey lasts about 8 hours depending on the traffic and the time of day you are travelling. Arugam Bay can arrange a pick-up in Colombo for:
This surf camp can also arrange transport (pick-up / drop off) to and from other destinations. Please inquire Arugam Bay Surf Camp for more details and costs.
Train from Colombo Central Railway Station to Ella (9 hours) or Badulla 10 - 11 hours.