Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is the closest thing Sri Lanka has to a SE Asian Backpacker mecca. For 6 months of the year, its point break draws wannabe and actual surfers like a magnet, and for the rest of the year its a relatively sleepy rural town at the end of the east coast road. When we arrived, the weather was perfect, the onshore winds had left only a choppy ripple  of surf, so we took advantage of the solitude to visit some local landmarks and the amazing Kumana National Park.

arugam boats

The beach at Arugam Bay is still a work place for localsarugam bayarugam baypoint

Theres a nice walk around the point..and  a few angry dogs on the inland route backaurugam bay beach lunch

Off season means plenty of space on the beach

 

Sunset is a great time to visit Crocodile rock, which is a 15 minute tuk tuk from town and after a short walk gives spectacular coastal vistas.

arugam bay rice paddies
Rice paddies surround the Arugam town

arugam bay to kumana buffalo

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Crocodile rock, looking north
arugam bay croc rock sunset
looking West from crocodile rock at sunset
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