Famous for its Surfing, Arugam Bay offers much to tempt even those who are not keen to ride the waves. With its laid- back atmosphere and rustic beach side huts, the village is a haven for holyday makers on the East Coast. Arugam Bay village is largely made up of one main street that runs parallel to the beach and is lined with restaurant, guesthouses and surf shops. The ideal time to surf here is between May to October. In the low season, which extends from November to April, many businesses remain closed and it can get very quiet around the village. The south end of the beach is usually strewn with blue fishing boats and colorful nets, marking the tiny fishing settlement of Ulla. Note that this end of the beach is the safest for swimming in season.
The 2004 tsunami brought a lot of damage. There has been extensive renovation work since then with an aim to promote Arugam Bay as a mainstream tourist destination, while also improving the infrastructure required to reach here. However, the locals fear that such tourism developments might alter the atmosphere and the unique character of the village. more