Arugambay is a moon-shaped curl of soft sand, is home to a famed point break that many regard as the best surf spot in the country. It's a tiny place, with a population of a few hundred, and everything is dotted along a single road which parallels the coast. Arugam Bay is a fishing village 2 ½ Kilometers south of the small town of Pottuvil at the remote south end of the east coast. It has probably the best surf in Sri Lanka off a low promontory a little further south and had developed into a low budget travels center. There is a wide sweeping beach in front of the village itself good for swimming and south and south of the surf promontory a long deserted beach leading down to "Crocodile Rock" from where wild elephants can quite often can be seen.
If you’re not a surfer, there are plenty of other draws: beachfront guesthouses, Oceanside restaurants and a mellow, swing-another-day-in-a-hammock kind of vibe that’s totally removed from the brash west-coast beach resorts. Arugam Bay also makes a great base for several adventures in the surrounding hinterland. During the low season (November to April) things get extremely quiet and many places close altogether, but it can also be a serene time to visit, with few tourists and verdant landscapes.