Surfing Sri Lanka

A visit to Sri Lanka truly is a gift to the senses. So jam-packed with authentic, sensory and tactile experiences is the Island, it threatens to burst at the seams.

With a rich tapestry of history and culture woven throughout breathtaking, untouched natural beauty and incredible food, whatever you’re interest, Sri Lanka holds something more than worthy of your passport stamp.

There are an astounding eight Unesco World Heritage Sites packed into a relatively small area in Sri Lanka, and that’s the beauty of travel in this beautiful country, everything is accessible without chewing up precious time.

Perhaps in the morning you’ll travel to see the world’s oldest living human-planted tree in Anuradhapura, before witnessing the breathtaking gathering of elephants in the afternoon in Minneriya.

Spend the morning swimming at a golden sand beach, take some time to experience a 2000-year-old temple, feast on an amazing local curry, and sip some of the best tea on the planet, before racing back for your afternoon surf.

Of course, Sri Lanka has also long held an extra allure for surfers. Ever since whispers of the now legendary Arugam Bay began filtering through the community decades ago.

Now we know the country offers wave riders everything from long sand bottom points, to fun beach breaks and mystical reefs that lay in wait for the adventurous. There’s really only one word that best describes the surfing experience in Sri Lanka, and that is fun! And while there are waves to satisfy surfers of all abilities, Sri Lanka is a particularly good place for beginners and intermediate surfers looking to sharpen their abilities in friendly waves.

If you are looking to weave surfing into your visit to Sri Lanka, the best time to go can vary. For the east coast (Arugam Bay) you’ll be jetting in from May to September, and for the west coast (Hikkaduwa), your best bet is from November to March.

Sri Lanka is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for travellers in the know; you’d best see what all the fuss is about for yourself.