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Top 5 Surfing Spots in Sri Lanka

Updated on July 30, 2018


Located in southern Sri Lanka in Matara district where the weather is usually full of sunshine and with good waves throughout the year, this is a great surf spot. The main area is the Weligama beach break, that has a two-kilometre stretch of sandy beach which is lined with many surfing schools. The waves are quite easy making it a great spot for the beginners. The only disadvantage is that it could be crowded. In the case of the latter, you could head towards Midigama, which is just a little north of Weligama. There are three great points; Lazy Left, Lazy Right and Rams Right. The Lazy Left and Right are preferred among beginners and intermediates while the Rams Right consists of shorter and tighter breaks making it more suitable for the advanced surfers. The best time to visit is between October and April. Travellers looking for beachfront properties, have a variety of options to choose from, be it, Conde Naste listed Cape Weligama or local homestays.

Surfing in Weligama
Surfing in Weligama


A town that is filled with a diverse range of people; from surfers to travelling tourists to laid-back locals. This town is situated in the Matara district, only a few kilometres away from Weligama and is a great spot for surfing, whale and dolphin watching. The waves start off quite mellow and gently breaks over the deep water, making it ideal for beginners and the intermediate surfers. The best time to surf would be between October and April.

Surfing in Arugam Bay
Surfing in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is situated on the east coast. In case of rains on the south coast, head to the east. The best time to hit the bay is during the monsoon season which falls between April and September. The best spots over here are listed below.

Elephant Rock- Don’t let the name stop you; in fact, it is a great spot for the beginners. The challenge is to get to the beach by climbing the rocks. However, it is worth it. It is only a few kilometres away from Arugam Bay and is easily accessible via a tuk-tuk.

Baby Point and Main Point- The Baby Point, as the name implies, is recommended for the beginners while the latter is for the advanced surfers.


Another great surf spot in the southeastern coast with a sheltered point break. Additionally, Pottuvil also has amazing groundswells and wind swells that make it a thrilling experience for even the advanced surfers. The best and safest time to surf in these waters would be during April and September. Surfers looking for a place to stay, have a number of options to choose from whether it's luxury like Jetwing Surf or budget-friendly like Arugam Bay Beach Cabanas.

Surfing in Pottuvil
Surfing in Pottuvil


This little town also referred as “Hikka” for short, is located only 120km away from the main city Colombo and has been long known for its parties. Many locals and tourists flock here during the weekends, especially for the popular beach parties. As of late, with the rise in popularity for surfing, it has become popular among the surfers as well. Some of the popular spots in Hikka are the Bennys, Main Reef and Beach Break.

Bennys is a left-hander reef spot recommended for the experienced surfers as the waves can be as tall as 6 feet. The Main Reef is both left and right-handers and is a deeper reef, making it quite safe for anyone to surf. The Beach Break is a favourite amongst beginners due to its safe shores and shallow reef breaks.

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