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Arugam Bay

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Arugam Bay

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Arugam Bay is a city in the [Eastern Province (Sri Lanka)|Eastern Province]] of Sri Lanka.


Arugam Bay is a bay situated on the Indian Ocean in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's southeast coast. The bay is located 320 km due east of Colombo. It is a popular surfing and tourist destination. Many of the buildings were destroyed in the 2004 tsunami.

Get in

At present, the only way to get to Sri Lanka is by air, arriving at Bandaranaika Airport which is a short distance north of Colombo.

Sri Lanka Airlines, the national airline, operates daily direct flights from London, and regular flights from a number of other European, Middle and Far Eastern Cities Srilankan's Website

Other airlines offering direct flights include Emirates and Gulf Air

Can I get to Arugam Bay by Public Bus?

There is now two direct bus a day from Colombo to Pottuvil.

This bus leaves the Pettah Bus Stand in Colombo at 04.45 AM and arrives in Pottuvil at aproximately 14.30 PM. It is bus number 98 - Pottuvil Route. The price each way is 400 RS - plus 100 RS for each large piece of luggage. (100 RS is around $1 USD)

(The Pettah Bus Stand is the main Bus Stand in Colombo)

  • Cost: 400 RS (plus luggage)
  • Journey time: Approx 7 Hours
  • Comfort: Quite a stressful journey - but very cheap!

This is certainly the cheapest way to get from Colombo to Arugam Bay

Get around






There is just one liquor store in Arugam Bay where you can officially buy alcohol. Its a bit hidden in the back of a building, just opposite the Siam View Beach (Just shortly before the curve on the main street)

As usual in Sri Lanka you recognize it by its bars.


Arugam Bay probably has the most accommadations in density in Sri Lanka. quality varies between Hotel and guesthouses. price can be as low as LKR 300 to LKR 4000. most accommadations are situated along Panama road.

  • Moon Eyes Beach Hotel., Main Street, Arugam Bay, Pottuvil (At the north end of the main strip, just before the bridge to Pottuvil), 0094-757574749 (), [1]. Two new bungalows with en-suite bathroom and two thatch cabanas with shared bathroom. All are clean, fan-cooled, with double beds. Free wi-fi and shared kitchen and dining area. Grocery store on the premises. 1 block from the ocean. Family-owned and run, helpful and friendly. Owner, Thaseem, will cook meals by request and organize tours, tuk-tuks, and vehicles for hire. Rs. 1,000-3,000 depending on the season.


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