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Arugam Bay – My Beach Town Guide

Following my recent posts about our wonderful travels around Sri Lanka I have had a lot of people asking advise about places to visit and stay, particularly in Arugam Bay.

As we were there for two weeks we got to know the scene quite well and we found some cool places we really loved.  There is so much to see and do there that we were busy exploring and having fun everyday! So I decided to write a list of my top spots in Arugam Bay.  Hopefully you can check out some of these places when you visit and see if you likes them as much as me…

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peanut farm beach

SEE

Main Point Beach. Drink a fresh coconut while watching world class professional and amazing locals surf the waves breaking at the point on Main Beach.  It will give you some inspiration before starting your surfing lessons.

Wild Elephants at Sunset. End your day at the beach by stopping at Crocodile Rock before heading back to town.  Climb the rock at sunset to see herds of wild elephants coming out of the forest to graze! We saw a herd of 15  – so beautiful!

Pottuville Lagoon at Sunrise. Take an early morning canoe ride through the lagoon and see crocodiles, elephants, monkeys and countless wild birds.  The atmosphere is so tranquil and peaceful.

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coconuts on the beach

sunrise at potuvil lagoon

pottuville canoe trip

DO

Early Morning Yoga Class. Start your day with an energising Yoga Class before hitting the beach.  I loved the rooftop classes at Bay Vista Hotel for the amazing ocean views.

Ayurveda Full Body Massage.  A deep tissue, ancient healing technique using holistic oils.  I took a treatment at the Ayurveda Healing Center for a natural and authentic experience.  Learn more about my experience here.

Eco Wave Cooking Course. Learn how to make traditional Sri Lankan dishes taught by local women from the village.  Even better all the food used is grown locally on organic farms so, as well as having a fun day with lots of food, you are also helping out the local community too.  We loved making the coconut sambal and fish curry!

Surf Lessons. Take lessons or rent a board and try out at the many surf sports around Arugam Bay. For beginners Elephant Rock or Peanut Farm are great places to practise.  Hasan’s Surf House is a cool place for board rental.

fishing boats at main beach

fishing boats at main beach

Eco Wave Cooking Course

eco wave cooking course

EAT

Spicy Snacks from the Street Venders.  At the top end of the beach road you will find several street venders selling freshly made spicy snacks.  Super cheap and extremely tasty, it is so much fun buying a mix and having a picnic on the beach.  We loved the vegetable rotti’s and fried lentil dhal.

Organic Curry at Danny’s Soul KitchenThe best place we tried for local food.  All ingredients are grown locally in the organic farm.  Order curry of chicken, beef or fish and enjoy trying the amazing selection of vegetable sides with mountains of red rice.

Health Smoothies at Zephyr BarGrab an amazing fresh smoothie and relax on one of the huge bean bags on the beach.  The perfect chill out evening.

fresh rotti's & spicy sauce

fresh rotti’s & spicy sauce

EXPLORE

The Beaches. As well as Main Beach, Arugam Bay has several secluded beaches all within around a ten minuet tuk-tuk drive away. Our favourite was Peanut Farm for its isolated setting and great surf! Visit them all and see which is your favourite.

Kudumbigala Forest Monestry. Take a day away from the beach and explore this little visited Buddhist Monastery in the middle of the forest.  See some of the 200 cave shrines and climb the sacred rock for incredible panoramic views of the countryside.  We were greeted by lovely monks who gave us cakes to eat at the top and saw snakes and monkeys while walking through the forest.

Lighthouse Point. 23KM from Arugam Bay town this amazing beach is little visited and extremely beautiful.

buddhist monks at peanut farm beach

buddhist monks at the beach

kudimbigala monastery viewpoint

kudumbigala monastery viewpoint

SHOP

Ethical Accessories from Rice & Carry.  Made from recycled rice sacks by local women from the villages, this brand is super cute and works for a good course.  Choose from backpacks, tote bags, clutches and purses – you will want to buy them all!

Hideaway Sunday Morning Market. Serving up happy vibes, Hideaway’s sunday morning market sells cute handmade products from the local community.  See artsy postcards, funky jewellery, ethic fabrics and colourful sarongs.  Great for present shopping.

rice & carry accessories

rice & carry accessories

As you can see we loved our time in Arugam Bay lots.  Have any suggestions from your trip – please share in the comments below.

Ayurveda Healing Massage – Feeling Zen in Arugam Bay…

I always love to learn about new beauty therapy techniques and when travelling I love to try beauty practices traditional to the local culture. In Sri Lanka ‘Ayurveda Healing Techniques’ are widely used and upon arrival I was really excited to try it out for myself.

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian healing treatment. The philosophy of Ayurveda treats the mind, body and soul as inter- related properties, all needing to be in balance to have a healthy body and life. It focuses on treating the root causes of beauty problems or ill-health. The techniques involve using massage and natural plant beauty products to deeply cure and remove toxins from the body. Indian Head Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Full Body Massage using organic and natural oils are all treatments practised at Ayurveda Spas.

In Arugam Bay I saw many Ayurveda Spas attached to the beautiful, bohemian resorts lining the beach.  But I decided instead to try my treatment at Arugam Bay Ayurveda Healing Centre (a natural healing spa used by the locals) for a more authentic experience. I signed up for a Deep Tissue Full Body Massage & Indian Head Massage. I was greeted by my massage therapist and taken to by own cabana where soft mantra music was playing and scented incense was burning. She started by asking about my health and any areas of tension in my body – I have terrible shoulders from always carrying heavy bags of clothes to and from photo shoots! She selected a special oil for my treatment called Abhyangam Oil which detoxifies and revitalises the body while also working as an anti-ageing and anti-stress treatment and the massage focussed on the deep muscle tissue and removing tension.

The treatment was amazing and after I felt so relaxed. I really recommend it to you when you are visiting Sri Lanka or India yourself.  Since my massage I have continued my Zen feeling by doing a Yoga class overlooking beach every morning at the beautiful Bay Vista Hotel.