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Introducing: New Places in Arugam Bay

The remote Bay of Arugam is developing fast.
Here we mention a few new places in town.
(Photos and text supplied by the establishment)

Beach Wave Hotel

Beach Wave

Owner Name : A.B.M. Naleem (+94777274337)
Manager : J.M. Silmir (+94752733380)
Booking Details rates :
2 Deluxe Double Room with Balcony and Side Sea View ( Air Condition)
January – March = 16 US$
April = 30 US$
May – June = 45US$
July – August  = 65 US$
September = 60 US$
October = 50 US$  48
November – December = 25 US$
2  Deluxe Double Room with  Side Sea View (Fan)
January – March = 15 US$
April = 25 US$
May to June = 42 US$
July & August & September =61US$
October = 58 US$
November – December = 23 US$
* note: We have this room information right now. Because we are currently building some more rooms. After creating rooms we will give you more information.

AbaY’s Backpacker’s Dream (from $8)

Arugam Hostel News

Common area

  • The Arugam Hostel offers newly refurbished  rooms for just $8 / night pp
    All dorms are fully air-conditioned.
    Have Solar hot showers in attached bathrooms
    A common area in the tropical gardens
    And FREE access to the Siam View Brew pub & Thai restaurant.
    FREE WiFi is also offered to all guests
    Best Oceanfront location – direct on the sandy beach
    Book on Hostelworld Book Here
    Or just turn up at the door!

Main Road entrance to the Arugam Hostel (NOT the old YMCA!)


A walk tru AbaY – Nov. 2016


Excurision Season

Excurision Season




2016 Walk through Arugam Bay

click above & see all 160+ signs and establishments.
And be part of our progress !


PM makes revelations about a “mansion” in Arugam Bay

…….“Sri lanka’s best beach is in Arugam Bay” ……
Addressing a public meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe revealed facts about a mansion that was being built in Arugam Bay.

Google Earth View of the Peanut Farm Hotel project, Panama - AbaY

Google Earth View of the Peanut Farm Hotel project, Panama – AbaY

The meeting was held in the Uluwitige area in Galle.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe speaking at the meeting expressed these views,

”Recently I located a palace. It is bigger than the Buckingham palace. This was found in Arugam Bay. This palace also has a name. It is called the International Coordinating Headquarters. What we have found here are chalets, in other words holiday bungalows. There were 57 chalets. They were VIP chalets with pools. There are three pools. This is in the sea and it is 100 feet long. Sri lanka’s best beach is in Arugam Bay. There are pools here. What is the purpose of this. Can international coordination be done from Arugam Bay? For whom are these built? Now we have put a halt to it. They have already built 15. Only walls have been put up and we have stopped further work. The Parliament has not given approval for this. Money from the Presidential Secretariat has been given for this. All financial regulations have been violated. Who paid for these? When these expenses were stopped, we could lower the fuel prices.”

Minister of Mass media and Parliamentary affairs Gayantha Karunathilake too expressed views at the meeting.

”They filled their pockets with commissions from road construction. This government will initiate a new beginning where everything will be done in a transparent way. All this would be done within the one hundred day programme.”

Always in Season: Arugam Bay

Unless you are a surfer:
NOW is the BEST time to visit sunny Arugam Bay!
Brilliant weather
Mild & Sunny
Calm, Clear sea
Great Wild Life
Amazing Historical Places
Plenty of vacant rooms
Who says: It’s ‘Low’Season in the Bay of Arugam ?

2014 Bridge-to-Bridge walk

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.

The only 2 bridges to AbaY have changed

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: albums/ 6031103895977137009

Here is a link to 2010: albums/ 6031368911009405969

Here is an older link to 2006: albums/ 6030971341259036577


Book Now! For 2014

Most popular Arugam Bay Hotels are now almost fully booked.
For the 2014 main season.
Reserve Now – To  grab the last few remaining good rooms in our village.

Very few good rooms left. For 2014

Contact us

Circus Night at the SVH, AbaY

An International Circus in Town
Giullari Senza Frontiere

Performed at Lahugala, Komari and Arugam Bay
Their last night here will be Friday, 21st February, 2014

At the Tamil School, Komari


Arugam’s Building ‘Boom’

2014 Mid Feb. update:
The Bay of Arugam
Is developing
New buildings are going up everywhere
Even a shopping mall is said to be under construction

Still, there is a shortage of good quality rooms
New capacity is being added now.
Questions? Want to participate?
Free advice here:


“Tourist” Police shuts down Info pages

“Tourist” Police action shuts down AbaY’s Info pages

This week the so-called “Tourist” Police raided the premises of‘s only sponsor.
The resulting fine – for a small technicality, held up by the local in-famous ‘Red Tape’ came to about 1 year’s salary.
That alone took everyone by surprise.
With no funding we can no longer continue to support this as well as all of our other Tourist Promotion initiatives.

Arugam’ “Tourist” Police Station

This Community and Tourist promotion web site
Plus all our other, associated  Info & promo pages, worldwide
are strictly non-commercial.
They are paid for and maintained by a private initiative only
As bad luck has it, all annual hosting fees are due now.
Our sponsors are forced to pay a huge fine (Rs./ 100,000) or $780

That means that any further support for Tourism will come to a halt, due to cash flow problems. This usually pretty minor case was caused by weird police action over the sale of a few bottles of local BEER.

All other “Tourist” Resorts in Sri Lanka do NOT face similar drastic action and totally over the top penalties. Why Arugam Bay?
Sorry for the inconvenience.


Happy New Year 2014

Our unique weather is fine & mellow.
Most hotels have plenty of vacancies
Why not see the New Year in with us, at Arugam Bay?

The Siam View will host a NYE Party. For sure. Like every Year.

Come and Join us – be the first to welcome the New Year!
We, on Sri Lanka’s most Easterly side are well ahead…. 😉


Tragedy after the disaster

The one and only main road. end 2004

….”the locals, who were being asked to make way for luxury hotels for national reconstruction, weren’t buying the plan that would turn their villages into multi-storied buildings and their children into tour guides and street hawkers. They opposed it forcefully”….

……”On 26 December 2004, a terrible tsunami struck Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The eastern coast of Sri Lanka was especially devastated as it lay in the direct path of 100ft waves that destroyed everything in their wake. Arugam Bay was hit hard and several villages were swept away without a trace…..”

Well. Ahead of it's time...

Before the 2004 tsunami, Arugam Bay was an idyllic locale on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka consisting of fishermen’s villages visited by only the most adventurous young European and Australian surfers who came there for its great breakers. The hotels were beach shacks with hammocks and their numbers were manageably small mainly because of the threat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The route to Arugam Bay was peppered with military checkpoints, and most country advisories and guide books cautioned tourists to avoid this part of Sri Lanka.
All this changed in 2002 when LTTE signed a ceasefire and access to the east coast opened up. The tourism industry touted eastern Sri Lanka as the next Phuket and visitors’ traffic exploded. Removal of road blocks also drew an influx of fishermen from other parts and before long Arugam Bay simply wasn’t big enough for the local fishermen and the tourism industry. Continue reading ‘Tragedy after the disaster’

Traditional AbaY Walk 2013 prt.2 – Seaside Places

And here are the photos of all signs & establishments
Situated on the Eastern Side of the Main Road
i.e. Sea Side places

This is just our attempt to document constant changes in the Bay.
This year there are many changes & fine improvements.
So far….
The Bay of Arugam does not seem to have lost it’s unique character …


Traditional Mid-Year Walk (2013)

Every year, on the 1st Day of July we try to document the annual changes of Arugam Bay.
This is done, since 1999 or so, by taking a photo of all visible signs in the village.

From Bridge to bridge.
This year we took advantage of the rising sun.
And took all photos of the land side Establishments first (as they are located to the West)

Links to our earlier  year’s walks will be posted later.



Arugam Bay

is now entering it’s perhaps “Highest Season” ever. Right now, there are plenty of vacancies. But: Mainly in the low budget accommodation range

Arugam Bay is a GREEN resort. So far….

The few better class and specially air-conditioned rooms are very much in demand. It is HOT in the Bay! Book NOW!

Rough Guide to AbaY


There’s not much to ARUGAM BAY village itself: just a single main road running parallel to the beach dotted with guesthouses, cafés and shops, including some of Arugam Bay’s trademark quirky homespun architectural creations – rustic palm-thatch cabanas, teetering treehouses and other quaint structures (not to mention the distinctive wooden pavilion restaurant and red British telephone box of the landmark Siam View Hotel ).
The beach is now looking better than ever following recent clearances during which the authorities ordered the removal of all buildings within 20m of the waterline (albeit at considerable cost to local hoteliers and other residents, who were forced to watch as the government bulldozers rolled in and summarily razed significant slices of prized real estate).

A-Bay also marks the rough border between the Sinhalese-majority areas to the south and the mainly Tamil and Muslim areas further up the coast, and boasts an unusually eclectic but harmonious mix of all three ethnic groups – as well as a growing number of Western expats. Fears that the village’s uniquely (for Sri Lanka) alternative and slightly off-the-wall character will be erased by larger and more mainstream tourism developments remain, however, especially given the forthcoming opening of the new Hambantota airport, which will make the village significantly easier to reach for international visitors. For the time being, however, Arugam Bay preserves its own enjoyably eccentric charm.


Easygoing Arugam Bay is by far the most engaging of the east coast’s resorts. A-Bay, as it’s often known, has long been popular with the surfing fraternity, who come here to ride what are generally acknowledged to be the best waves in Sri Lanka. It’s also a good launching-pad from which to explore the gorgeous surrounding countryside and its varied attractions, from the elephant-rich Lahugala National Park and the little-visited Yala East National Park to the atmospheric forest hermitage at Kudimbigala.


With waves fresh from Antarctica crashing up onto the beach, Arugam Bay is sometimes claimed to be one of the top ten surf points in the world, and periodically plays host to international tournaments. The best time for surfing is between April and Oct/Nov.


There are several breaks close to Arugam Bay, plus others further afield. The biggest waves in A-Bay itself are at The Point Continue reading ‘Rough Guide to AbaY’