How the world knew Arugam Bay.

— Majority of the world, especially the West got to know about Arugam Bay, only after the 2004 tsunami.

Arugam Bay 'City' Centre and view to Main Surf Point

There was a moving episode on America’s most-popular talk show, theA?Oprah Winfrey Show where a tsunami survivorA?Nate Berkus was interviewed. The Chicago-based interior designer Nate Berkus related his story on television about his vacation going awry. He was relaxing at a beach cottage in Arugam Bay with his partner photographerA?Fernando Bengoechea, when the deadly tsunami struck. Even though Nate was spared, unfortunately, Fernando’s life wasn’t. In this way, the kind American people decided it was high time to helpA?Sri Lanka and they funded the great Arugam Bay How much ampicillin to take bridge which is now operational today. US ‘Mercy Corps’ funded by Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Angel Network’, had a huge fund-raising campaign TV series in theA?United States and the Americans provided $134 million with $10 million going to build the Arugam Bay bridge. The bridge was opened for traffic in 2008 where it replaced the 1960s, original landmarkA?box girder construction linking Arugam Bay with Pottuvil. Travelling from Monaragala on the main A4 trunk road, an excellent shortcut exists at the 313km post near Lahugala. This picturesque jungle road where elephants and monkeys roam, is already partly paved and ends at theA?epicentre of Arugam Bay. Therefore, one can avoid traveling through the frontial town of Pottuvil. Despite getting devastated with the war and then, the tsunami, Arugam Bay has finally being rebuilt as it has overcome all obstacles to be a key destination offering some of the best touristA?hot spots at an economically-friendly price. In November 2007, Arugam Bay received the Best Destination award at the World Travel Market World Responsible Tourism Awards for their significant commitment to the culture and economies of local communities and is making a positive contribution to biodiversity conservation. Arugam Bay is a scenic bay located in the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka that falls into the dry zone. Located at a distance of 314km due east of Colombo, it is a definitely a popular surfing and tourist spot for having a good holiday at a good price. The bay hosts a large fleet of fishing boats which operate off the beach. Many organizations donated boats after the tsunami and as a result there are more fishing boats than ever before. The nearby (4 km) Muslim village of Pottuvil is the center of commerce and transportation while tourist accommodations lie along the beach to the south of Pottuvil. Arugam Bay (4 km) is also the gateway and the only road access to the Yala East National Park. This area is known as Kumana (44 km), to be reached via the Sinhalese settlement of Panama (17 km) and the shores at Okanda (32 km). In the area ofA?sustainable tourism development, Arugam Bay has evolved as a nature-friendly destination where community members are now changing their ways to help in nature conservation. Deputy Minister Faizser Mustapha who is chairing a tourism committee in the East said, “We aim to develop the hospitality industry in the East with the participation of the Eastern Province Chief Minister and some private sector companies in an environmentally-friendly manner”. However, simple measures like beach clean-ups should be done as the main Arugam Bay beach is rather dirty with garbageA?strewn everywhere and used as a toilet by some locals. The nearby beaches are more esthetically pleasing and also have excellent waves. Arugam Surf Point has a very long, consistent, section-like right hand break. The three ethnic groups – Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, work and live in harmony. The population of 3,000 families is made up mostly of small family managed hotels/guest houses and restaurants. Surfers’ Paradise One of the world’s best surfing destinations, Arugam Bay is a little tourist gem known only to those who know the secret. The quaint village is a quite and simple place to relax and unwind decorated with cute guest houses, cabanas and beach cottages. The wildlife views bordering the village is amazing and the breathtaking scenery filled with dazzling bird-life is also wonderful. Arugam Bay is definitely a surfers’ paradise and a beautiful bay with good surfing. The East coast offers infinite opportunities for all kinds ofA?water sports andA?underwater photography. There are archaeological treasures making it a paradise for divers as well. Arugam Bay is primarily a fishing village about 2 and a half kilometres south of the small town Pottuvil at the southern part of the east coast. Arugam Point: This is the main break at Arugam Bay. The point is a long right-hand point/reef break that breaks at the headland in front of Arugam Bay. It is also the best swell magnet of all the points and you can almost always guarantee that the Point will be a couple of feet bigger than any of the other breaks. It breaks from anything between 2 and 6 feet but tends to max out after 6 foot. Due to its location it is also attracts the biggest crowd but seems to be handle it as it often sections in a few spots. On a good day it provides a clean wall that will barrel in the sections and give you a 400-meter ride right through to the inside. When you ride all the way through the best option is to paddle a few yards to the beach and walk back out to the entry point (booties are advisable as the reef starts from ankle depth). There is also cafe run by some of the locals that provides a grant vantage point to watch the action from and take in stock up on energy for the next session. Pottuvil Point: Pottuvil Point is every surfers dream of aA?tropical wave. A long deserted sandy beach dotted with rather huge boulders at the waters edge, make this wave a favorite with some of the season’s veterans. It is less crowded because of the 1/2 hour tuk tuk ride north from Arugam Bay and Pottuvil point provides 800 meter rides from the outside section right through to the beach on the inside. The unique thing about this wave point is that for most of it, you can be working a four foot face and be only a few meters from the beach as the wave grinds down the sandy point. The outside section sucks up and throw’s out as the swell raps into the point giving a 30 meter wall to work with before it fades as it hits deeper water for about 10 seconds. The wave then tends to double up as it hits a shallow sand bottom section that will have you hanging in there just as you try to make the next 40 to 80 meter section. Failure can leave you standing in knee deep water with a mouthful of sand if you manage not to get slammed into one of the boulder’s first. If conditions are right and you can make it through this section then the wave peels perfectly meters from the beach for an eternity until it closes out in the bay and you begin the long walk back. Pottuvil Point needs a decent size swell before it starts working at all and a large swell before the middle section is visible. If “The Point at Arugam” is 6 feet, Pottuvil will be 4-5 feet. Crocodile Rock: A 1/2 hour tuk tuk ride to the south will leave you with a twenty minute walk along another beautiful beach to reach Crocodile Rock. It isn’t known if the place is named after one of the rocks on the point or some of the large salt water crocodiles that live in the lagoon 50 meters from the break but it is a beautiful spot for a days’ surf mission. This is the smallest of the three points, and you need a medium to large swell for Croc Rock to work at all. When the point is 6 feet, then Croc Rock will be 3 feet. It is however, a perfect wave for the beginner/intermediate or long board enthusiastic. A take-off section over sand leads on to a long wall that breaks right down the point for about 400 meters much like inside Pottuvil point. Published by HT Syndication with permission from Daily News Sri Lanka. Copyright 2009 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Provided by an company

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