Arugam Bay | Surfer’s Paradise on Sri Lanka’s Eastern Coast | Sri Lankan Guides
Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka is an awesome spot on the east coast, super popular for surfing. We thought we could go anytime and catch waves, but when we went in March, there weren’t many waves. The best time for surfing and nice weather is from July to September. That’s when it’s busy with tourists too. Before March, it’s usually rainy and not many places are open yet. When we were there, it was really quiet, and lots of restaurants were still closed for the season.But don’t let that stop you from coming! Arugam Bay has tons more to enjoy besides surfing. Spend some days chilling out and checking out the east coast of Sri Lanka.
Getting to Arugam Bay
Getting to Arugam Bay from Ella using public transport can be a bit of a journey, but it’s the cheapest way to explore Sri Lanka. It takes about 4 to 5 hours overall. First, you catch a bus to Wellawaya at 7:40 am. That ride costs 75LKR ($0.42 USD) and lasts about 45 minutes. It’s better to leave early because more buses run in the mornings
Just a heads up, in Wellawaya, some locals might try to trick you into taking a taxi to Arugam Bay, saying there are no buses. But don’t fall for it! We knew there was a bus, so we ignored them.
From Wellawaya, hop on a bus to Siyambalanduwa, which costs 150LKR ($0.84 USD) and takes around two hours. Then, you might need to wait about 1.5 hours for a bus to Arugam Bay. We were tired, so we grabbed a tuk-tuk to our hostel instead. It cost us 1500LKR ($8.50 USD) and took 45 minutes. We felt it was worth paying a bit more for the last part of the trip.
Getting back from Arugam Bay to Ella is easier. There’s a direct bus from Pottuvil, the town near Arugam Bay, to Wellawaya at 6:30 AM. It costs 225LKR ($1.28 USD). Watch out, though! Another bus came before that, going to Monaragala, and they tried to make us think it was our bus.
From Wellawaya, we quickly got on a bus going to Ella for 90LKR ($0.50 USD) as soon as we arrived. The whole trip took us about 3.5 hours.
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