The helpful “Taxi” Mafia of Arugam Bay
Has vandalized the innovative , popular
Taxi Sharing Board.
Take your decision.
How you will travel and
Whom you give your business to.
Sri Lanka's hidden pearl
The helpful “Taxi” Mafia of Arugam Bay
Has vandalized the innovative , popular
Taxi Sharing Board.
Take your decision.
How you will travel and
Whom you give your business to.
Every year. Around the 1st July. Our local reporter takes his simple camera. And takes a walk. From one end of Arugam Bay to the other. This Walk from Bridge-to-Bridge has become a tradition.
It presents a unique insight into AbaY’s Rise & Fall Take a look. Compare. We just publish a few of our older photo walks here. Others are already online. Older ones are still only on paper.
Here is the 2014 update:
Here is a link to 2010:
Here is an older link to 2006:
Arugam Bay is unique.
Arugam is like a tiny island on it’s own.
Just one single road leads into the hamlet. Via a long bridge.
The next bigger towns like Monaragala or Ampara are hours away.
And the approach road is through a dense jungle.
With no houses in between.
The crime rate in the Bay is perhaps the lowest globally:
Everybody knows everyone here.
There are no racial tensions here, either.
Apart from the normal commercial rivalry all groups are basically happy with each other.
This makes Arugam Bay a VERY, VERY safe resort.
Even the long, island wide Civil war never affected AbaY.
There never was a war here !
The climate is also truly amazing:
330 days sunshine/ year !
More & More Establishments in Arugam Bay
Have now joined Facebook and New Pages coming up every day.
As every year, in July, arugam.info will review this page, and all new links will be added.
Also, of course, the traditional photo walk
“From Bridge -to- Bridge”
Will be published, Showing all visible signs and places
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ARUGAM BAY: YOUR SURFING HEAVEN
We’ve been to many beaches, swam in many oceans and seas, but wherever we go we will always remember two weeks we spent on the most unbelievable beach in the world. We love literally everything about Arugam Bay and now it’s high time for us to share our experiences with you.
That is a 3 km long beach, situated on the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka. Waves here are big (the Indian Ocean, you know), and fishermen huts are tiny. It used to be a little forgotten village until it was discovered by surfers in middle-late 20th century. Since then, every June and August (high season), it’s crowded with people in search of their perfect wave…
Because of SURFING! It holds the 5th place in the list of world’s best surfing spots, and doesn’t seem to slow down. You don’t need a special swim suit, license, or anything. Just come, and surf. The spot is perfect both for beginners and advanced surfers. You can take classes for just 1000 rupees ($10) and hire a board for just 800 rupees/ day ($8).
We took surfing classes and don’t recommend it. Better learn on your own – just ask a tourist where’s the nearest spot and watch what others are doing.
There are two direct buses daily from Colombo to Pottuvil (a town near Arugam Bay). The bus number 98 departs from Pettah Bus Stand in Colombo at 04.45 AM and costs 400 rupees ($4). The journey takes approximately 7 hours. Then take a tuk-tuk to Arugam Bay for 500 rupees ($5). Otherwise, you can always hire a minivan for 18000 rupees – $180 (share it with other surfers to save money!).
We stayed at a lovely Sooriyas guesthouse (free WiFi, movies and cartoons, quality service, clean bed sheets, air con + fan, monkeys in the garden) and paid for 3000 rupees per night ($30). However, there are cheaper options, starting from 1000 rupees ($10). They are good as well, but without air con and with noise from the restaurants nearby.
As most places on Sri Lanka, all restaurants in Arugam Bay have very slow service (you can easily spend 1-2 hours waiting for your meals). The only way to avoid this is either to eat at food stalls for locals (not extremely clean), or choose restaurants run by Europeans (like Gecko restaurant, for example – more expensive, but faster and cleaner). A meals for two would cost you around 600 rupees ($6).
Here is our small selection of the best restaurants at Arugam Bay:
Mambo’s – located right near the point, a bit overpriced, but one of the greatest places to chill out and eat after surfing (they even have ping pong and pool!)
Chili – best pizzas
Samanthi’s – very cheap local food, spicy!
Hakeem – cheap, close to European food, closed on Fridays
Gecko – very expensive, but fast service
Siam View – great for drinking
Plus, don’t forget about Sri Lankan unique bakeries on wheels: they come around 5-6 pm, play silly childish music so that you know they arrived, and sell extremely tasty and cheap bakery stuff (be sure to try their muffins!).
Of course! You can enjoy hammocks on every corner, swim in the ocean or play ping pong. There is a nice Buddhist temple, yoga classes and numerous gift shops.
Again, yes. There are a lot of Muslim men working as tuk-tuk drivers, shop owners, etc. at Arugam Bay, so, girls, avoid walking wearing only bathing suit along the main road. Otherwise, you will experience irritate looks and hear someone shout at you. Also, the majority of such shops and restaurants are closed on Fridays.
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Now has a brand new Notice Board
The New daily updated board is located opposite the “Hang Loose Hotel”
next to the Siam View Brew Pub.
In addition to the New, secure online reservation system
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Two die in jumbo attacks
Two men who went into the jungle to collect bee hives, died after being attacked by an elephant in Lahugala (nr. Arugam Bay) and Wellawaya on Thursday. E. A. Ajith Senaratne, 33, of Kirivehera road faced the mishap when he went into the Lahugala Forest Reserve to collect honey.
The body was sent to the Lahugala Hospital morgue for the post-mortem. Pottuvil Police are investigating. Meanwhile, D.A. Premadasa, 56, of Thanamalwila was attacked by an elephant near Kumbukkote tank in Aragama. He was pronounced dead at Wellawaya hospital.
The body was handed to his relations after the post-mortem. Wellawaya Police are investigating.
- See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=police-legal/police-log-10052014#sthash.4XhvwIiE.dpuf
This article was first published 4th June, 2006
It’s an extract from a Travel Novel of events set in Arugam Bay. The recently deceased “Ram” of Sooriya’s plays a huge role in this great Book. Sadly only in German.
Ich erreichte den Mitternachts-Express gerade noch rechtzeitig, suchte mir einen Platz und sah aus dem Fenster. Ein Tourist drÃ¤ngte sich Ã¼ber den Busbahnhof. Er kam nur langsam vorwÃ¤rts, denn auÃŸer seiner Reisetasche trug er noch ein groÃŸes Surfbord unter dem Arm. RÃ¼cksichtslos schob er damit die Passanten zur Seite, die ihm im Weg waren. In letzter Sekunde erreichte er den Bus, aber da schon fast alle PlÃ¤tze besetzt waren und im Mittelgang Taschen und KÃ¶rbe standen, weigerte sich der Fahrer, ihn mit seinem riesigen GepÃ¤ckstÃ¼ck einsteigen zu lassen. Der Surfer stellte einen FuÃŸ in die TÃ¼r, die Spitze seines Bords ragte bereits ins Innere des Busses. Aggressiv und drohend redete er auf den Fahrer ein, und an seinem Akzent erkannte ich, dass er Australier war. Er war groÃŸ, bestimmt einen Kopf grÃ¶ÃŸer als der Fahrer. Sein KÃ¶rper war muskulÃ¶s und durchtrainiert, aber der Busfahrer, ein schmÃ¤chtiger, hagerer Mann, lieÃŸ sich davon nicht beeindrucken. Um so lauter der Australier sprach, desto sturer wurde sein GegenÃ¼ber.
â€žDas Brett braucht so viel Platz, wie zwei MÃ¤nner”, behauptete der Busfahrer. â€žDu musst drei Tickets kaufen.”
Nach langer Diskussion, die die FahrgÃ¤ste interessiert verfolgten, entschloss sich der Australier schlieÃŸlich, den Preis zu bezahlen. Schimpfend wuchtete er sein Surfbrett in den Bus und kam direkt auf mich zu, denn neben mir war noch ein Platz frei. Continue reading ‘Leseprobe: Der Krokodilfelsen’
Arugam Bay. And the progress.
Environmentalists, nature lovers and some holidaymakers are up in arms against the rapid haphazard development taking place in Arugam Bay which is one of the most sought after and un-spoilt tourist resorts in Sri Lanka.
Michelle Mitchel of Sydney, Australia, born to Sri Lankan parents, expressed her displeasure at the adhoc and rapid development taking place in the area and added if the government allowed the trend to continue, very soon the country would see that the steady flow of tourists to the resort would reduce drastically.
Mitchelle in an interview with “The Traveller” after holidaying in Arugam Bay said that the tourism authorities and other stakeholders should make every effort to protect the area and ensure that there was no overdevelopment in the resort.
“Arugam Bay with its pristine and un-spoilt beaches, the laid back and rustic atmosphere had attracted thousands of holidaymakers to the country. Another reason why it has become popular all over the world as a destination among tourists is because Pottuvil Point is one of the best surfing areas in the world. Pottuvil Point has attracted large number of surfers from different parts of the world and it is a gold mine for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry which should be protected at any cost,” she said.
Building of high-rises and similar construction , overdevelopment and overcrowding would definitely ruin the character of the area and it would become just another tourist resort with a concrete jungle which would eventually result in holidaymakers who loved the ‘paradise’ turning to other exotic destinations in the region or elsewhere and this could be a dangerous precedent, Mitchelle said. Continue reading ‘The Island’
That Sri Lanka’s only and monopoly Sat. TV provider has failed. Again.
To deliver what all foreign visitors came to see and enjoy tonight:
The most important game
Bayern Munich – v- Real Madrid
What did this weird Company do?
They switched all transponders off – for the entire Island Nation !
At AbaY- rest assured- there was just ONE place which had a back-up system:
So your World Cup coverage is SECURE.
Even without “Dialog TV”
(The present Technology – next Century)
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What a remarkable Australian Lady!
She retracts a historical journey
Done in the 1930′s by a Germany adventurer
All the way from Germany -to- Australia
Great! That she stopped by at Arugam Bay !
I had a lot of non-beach activities planned for my two weeks in Sri Lanka – the cultural wonders of Anuradhapura, the Ceylon tea country and hectic Colombo, to name a few – which left me with enough time to visit just one of the island’s countless beaches, realistically. I had to make the right choice!
My friend Helene, whom I met last year in Australia, where she attempted to teach me how to surf, recommended a small spot on Sri Lanka’s east coast called Arugam Bay. Helene assured me that although “A Bay” has mostly gained fame among surfers – this is why she has visited it so often over the past decade – it’s also awesome for swimming, sunbathing and generally lazing around.
I knew Helene was correct in her recommendation immediately upon my arrival in Arugam Bay – the sexy, shirtless man who greeted me when I arrived was just the beginning. Let’s take a look at why I’m so certain Arugam Bay is the best beach in Sri Lanka, even though it’s the only Sri Lanka beach I’ve sunned my white ass on.
After checking into Arne’s Place, a simple, comfortable strip of bungalows near the northern end of Arugam Bay beach, I grabbed my camera and headed out for a stroll.
Arugam Bay’s main beach immediately won points with me because of its exotic, multicolored sand, sparking, turquoise waters and its half-moon shape, which reminded me of Palolem Beach in Goa, India. Its waves are also really something to behold, even if you don’t surf – they’re huge!
I assumed my walk, which allowed me to traipse among the dozens of wooden fishing vessels being prepped for the morning catch, would end once I reached the surf point at the far end of the beach. But I continued walking to see what appeared to be literally miles of unspoiled, virgin beaches extending into the distance.
Having explored many of these beaches during the subsequent days I spent in Arugam Bay, I can promise you that no matter what you’re looking for – swimming, sunbathing, surfing or eye candy, be it sexy surfers to perv at or pristine, natural scenery – Arugam Bay has you covered, from a beach perspective.
Sri Lanka is a small island, and while Arugam Bay is considered a relatively remote destination (more on why in a second), it is in close proximity to a number of non-beach activities. The most popular of these is Yala National Park, home to a diverse range of wildlife that includes elephants and cheetahs, among other highlights. Continue reading ‘Best Beach. Arugam Bay ?’(1)
Kite Surf Legend Dill Sill recovering at nearby KaputtoVille hospital.
He was Blown off course and badly crash landed at AbaY today.
He is dilsirious, but he has indicated a possible explanation to what may have happened to the missing Malay flight MH 370
World class Kite Surfing legend Mr. Dill Sill seems to have been blown across from the previously unknown island of The Bondives to all the way to Arugam Bay.
His somewhat incoherent account is being questioned.
He claims that The Bondives Islanders reported a ‘low level flight’
However, his helmet camera has captured this amazing photo.
Which is the last known image of the missing Boeing 777:
Due to the isolation of the Island Nation of The Bondives this has only just now been reported. A group of Natives as well as the one only Police man on the island have seen a large aircraft a few weeks ago.
Why does this news only come in NOW?
It happened in the uncharted Islands of The Bondives
You have never heard of them?
No wonder! Here is why:
(Extract from Wikipedia)
Are an island nation in the Southern Indo-Pacific Ocean.
The Bondives are almost unknown. And they not even shown on any maps. The reason has just come to light: Those islands are shifting. Continuously.
The most singular feature of The Bondives geography is its mobility. Similar to the annual shifting of the famous ARUGAM BAY sand bank, The BONDIVES have a constant process of erosion that removes sand from the east coast and deposit it on the west coast, the islands were moving westward at the rate of 1400 meters a year. It is anticipated that the islands would collide with Sri Lanka in 2020. To slow down this movement, boats constantly ferry sand from the east coast back to the west.
|Currency||dimes Roman (dR)|
|Area||692.7 sq km|
|Population||1,782,724 (1973 census)|
|Language||English (official),Portuguese (official), Gowdy (Flong), Malay,Arabic|
|Religion||Asterism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism|
|Electricity||190V/42Hz (South African plug)|
|Time Zone||UTC +6:45|
Long unfairly neglected by travelers, and surprisingly never even mentioned in the backpack bible ‘Loony Planet”, the islands of The Bondives truly offer something for everyone: a rich culture full of fascinating customs, an informative case study for environmentalists and economists, and a treasure trove of unusual tubers for botanists. Now under nominally democratic government, now is the time to discover The Bondives distinctive cuisine, tropical climate and quaint transportation, before the next volcanic eruption occurs.
The Bondives have been unkindly characterized as a banana republic, although Bondivians themselves have been known to take offense at this suggestion and physically remind the commentator that pineapples are also an important export crop. (Critics must also concede that it’s not really much of a republic, either.) Continue reading ‘Kite Surfer and the MH370 Mystery’(5)
The Rising Tide in S. L. Surfing
From Arugam Bay with its legions of thunderous marching waves to the enchantingly golden seas and beaches along the southern coastline, surfing in Sri Lanka has seen a sizable structural shift. From existing entirely as a healthy pastime and tourism tool, in recent years it has thrown on a thicker cloak of sporting legitimacy, stitched together by a collection of passionate practitioners and benevolent organizers of surfing projects and competitions.
Last week saw the beginning of one such helpful competition, Red Bull Ride My Wave, a unique local surfing tournament which matches up surfers from the country’s two renowned hubs for the sport, the eastern and southern coasts.
By doing this the competition aims to discover the island’s best surfers, foster friendly rivalry and promote and develop the sport. The competition is being staged in a two-leg format, with the opening round in the south coast ending on March 15 before action resumes in Arugam Bay from August 5-7.
Surfing on unfamiliar waters, the men from the east nevertheless managed to pull off an upset, spearheaded by Asanka, a name synonymous with the sport locally. Asanka’s imaginative over-water artillery outgunned anything anyone else could pull out of their arsenal and helped him ride away with the opening leg’s top surfer title.
“I am delighted with the result. It is a reflection of the hard work of each surfer. It was an honour to captain this team,” Asanka revealed.
“This is going to be good for the future of surfing in Sri Lanka. I am also very proud to be named the best surfer from the three heats as there are many good surfers on both teams.” Continue reading ‘The rising tide in Lankan surfing’(0)