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The beautiful island country of Sri Lanka is home to friendly people and impressive landscapes. With a dominant tropical geographical condition, the country is also home to several stunning beaches, therefore, making it one of the best reliable surf destinations in the Indian Ocean. Surfing in Sri Lanka is altogether a different experience, with Surf Safaris in tuk tuks, fun waves along with delicious snacks to try out from.

Popular Surfing Destinations in Sri Lanka

Here are some of the popular destinations for Surfing in Sri Lanka

MirissaMirissa is a picturesque bay located in the Southern Province, a couple of kilometers east of Weligama. With a mellow right hand reef break, Mirissa is suitable for all levels of surfers. Mirissa is not quite popular as a surfing destination. Therefore, there is not much crowd here. The area also offers whale watching opportunities and the chance to surf with dolphins.

Weligama Weligama is an all year round go to spot for beginners. The place is located in the Matara District in Southern Sri Lanka, and is considered one of the best beginner’s beaches on the island. Translated into ‘sandy village’, Weligama offers long rides when the conditions are just right. Being such a popular spot, it can get crowded at times.

Hikkaduwa Reef Hikkaduwa is a small town in the Galle District, and also known as the surfing capital of the district. The most developed surfing town on the island, Hikkaduwa has several afes, bars, surf schools and rental shops. Those looking for bigger waves will not be disappointed here, as the break can handle large swells too.

Unawatuna Bay Unawatuna Bay is one of the most visited beaches in Sri Lanka, and is home to a left-hand reef break.  It is an excellent destination for a family surf vacation. The beach also offers great snorkeling sites, dive schools and kite-surfing opportunities.

Arugam Bay Arugam Bay on the east coast is often compared to Kuta in Bali. The tuna fishing port and the seven quaint villages in the moon-shaped bay have a laid-back vibe and are perhaps the most traveler and surf-friendly place on the island.
Suitable for all levels, the best time to surf here is between April and October. Considered the best wave in Sri Lanka, it breaks over a reef and offers several fast sections and some incredibly long rides, just perfect for longboarding.

Elephant Rock The place is located 4 km south of the main break at Arugam Bay. There are two surf section here – one for the beginners and one for the more advanced surfers. Despite the considerable number of surf schools, this one remains a far less crowded surf spot on the east coast.

Okanda Located South of Arugam Bay, this is a small hamlet in the Eastern Province. It is more suitable for the experienced surfers. The main break at Okanda is completely exposed, which makes it technical and wild. Beginners can still have fun at Okanda, as the large rocks to the north of the bay provide some protection and make way for a shallow sandy bay with more mellow waves.

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