July 2019


Holiday in Arugambay!
July 2019




The Eastern sky is mesmerizing in vibrant shades with the sun rising above the horizon. As if drawn by the enigmatic energy of the ocean, surfers with boards in hand, walk in synchrony towards the ocean. Providing unique experiences all year round, Arugambay is not merely about great waves, but presents a vibrant culture, lifestyle, history and wildlife.

Words: Udeshi Amarasinghe

Photography: Menaka Aravinda

Holidaying in Sri Lanka, make sure to stay in Arugambay: it is one of the ‘hottest' destinations in the world. Ideally, to experience this beautiful location, the duration of your holiday has to be more than three nights. Approximately seven hours from the international airport and the city of Colombo, the drive is well worth it since Arugambay is a little paradise that has retained its inherent simplistic charm and beauty. Time stands still as you wander along the golden beaches or soak in the sun.

Kumana National Park and Lahugala are rich in wild life. An afternoon safari in the Kumana National Park is ideal to see herds of elephants, deer, crocodiles and if you are lucky, the elusive leopard and sloth bear. Kumana is also the nesting grounds for a variety of migrant birds. Yet, if you wish to venture on a less beaten track, a drive along the Urani Lagoon or a visit to Kanchikudichchiaru and Rottaikulam will surely be an adventure.

Arugambay and surrounding areas had belonged to Magam Ruhunu kingdom, leaving traces of historical importance. Magul Maha Viharaya and Muhudu Maha Viharaya are linked to the narratives of Queen Viharamahadevi and King Kavantissa. Of spiritual importance are Kudumbigala Monastery and Okanda Kovil. This Kovil dedicated to Lord Murugan is an important place of worship on the annual Pada Yatra that journeys from Jaffna to Kataragama via the Kumana National Park.

To discover village life, you could walk along the little roads in Urani, or witness farmers working in the vast green paddy fields with herds of buffalos. A tuk-tuk safari is another way to explore the area; you can enjoy the scenery in Panama, Arugambay and Urani. You are bound to see elephants roaming around, as man and elephant co-exist peacefully.

Renowned as one of the world's best surfing spots, Arugambay welcomes surfers from around the globe. Arugambay Main Point, Whisky Point, Peanut Farm, Lighthouse, Elephant Point/Crocodile Rock provide superb waves that are perfect for experienced, amateur as well as beginner surfers. As the sun sets, the streets of Arugambay take on a glittering and vibrant persona with the air filling with music, and the mouthwatering aromas from the restaurants serving an array of cuisine from BBQ, Sri Lankan, western, eastern to fusion cuisine. As the night progresses, the clinking of glasses, laughter, and groovy music create a party atmosphere; it is time to let go and have fun. While holidaying in Arugambay, you could also go on day tours to Passikudah, Ella or journey along the Buttala-Kataragama road, where the gentle giants of the wild roam near the road. If you are fortunate, a leopard may just decide to cross the road too!

Create memories in Arugambay: a world of its own with beautiful nature, wildlife, turquoise ocean, and the warmth of its people.

 

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    Awaiting a perfect wave.

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    Arugambay is ideal for a surfing adventure.

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    Kumana National Park is famed for birds.

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    Okanda Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan.

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    Kudumbigala Monastery.

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    Image House of Magul Maha Viharaya.

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    Meet the gentle giants on the Buttala-Kataragama road.

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    Lush green paddy fields in Urani.

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    Arugambay is a great place to visit all year round!

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