Arugam Bay is located 314 km from Colombo and 2 1/2 km south of the small town of Pottuvil in the Ampara District, on the South-East coast of Sri Lanka.
Arugam Bay is known to be a world famous 'Surfing' destination, and a coral reef that includes a stunning display of tropical fish, colourful corals & aquatic plants, which makes it the ultimate spot for diving and a paradise for underwater photography. More experienced divers can head further to Basses reefs, as there are many shipwreck spots that can be viewed. 'Pottuvil Point' is known as the highest point in Pottuvil, which is the most popular point for surfing. Surfing season is definitely around the corner!!!
There is much more to explore, than the sandy beaches here in Arugum Bay. If you head inland there are equally interesting attractions to see, historic temples;'Muhudu Maha Viharaya'
located between Arugum Bay and Pottuvil, among the sand dunes of the beach, are the runes of this temple.'Magul Maha Viharaya'
which was built during the reign of King Dhathusena, it is believed to be the location where the royal matrimony of King Kavantissa & Princess Vihara Maha Devi took place.
In the deserted beach of 'Pottuvil Point'
you could suddenly catch a glimpse of wild elephants roaming around.'Okanda Kudumbigala Sanctuary'
lies an ancient shrine dedicated to God Skanda, this point is where the 'Pilgrimage on foot' also known as 'Paada Yaathra' commences, and concludes in Kataragama.
The villege of Okanda is also an entry point to Kumana National park
- the East side of the 'Yala National Park (block 5)'
, located 28Kms south of Arugam Bay.
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