I ambled into town, nervously looking out for white faces. I rode past a couple of decent looking places to stay in, but instead opted to head straight into town and get to the other end, not sure if I’d ever have the energy or interest to explore the area the rest of the day. Over the next 1000 odd metres, all I crossed were four auto rickshaws, three bars, a swanky supermarket, two roadside food joints, a row of beachside hotels, and one hostel. Surprised at the lack of human interaction, I parked my bike at the side of Arugam Hostel (erstwhile YMCA Hostel) and rushed in to find myself a retirement pad. Two steps in, and I ran into a young girl shouting, ‘Daddy, we’ve got a visitor!’ She ushered me up the stairway and into the bar sit-out, where her father, a Dutchman dressed in beach shorts and a baggy vest, was sipping on a chilled coke with a smoke in hand.‘Hiya, son!’Nearly two weeks on the road and not once had I been greeted with such welcoming grace. The Lankans were a kind community, but this warmth was different, maybe a bit more familiar.‘Hi, you guys got room for me?’‘Yep, we usually lend out individual beds, but since you’re our first visitor in six months, feel free to enjoy the entire the room. Cheers mate.’For just INR 400, I had the luxury of a double bed, a bunk bed, and a refrigerator. Never in my wildest dreams had I ever imagined this sort of opulent comfort. I spent the next couple of hours washing my clothes, giving the bike a good scrub, and treating myself to a rather spacious cold shower.
Things to do: Arugam Bay is recognised as one of the top surfing destinations in the world. It is located 314km from Colombo, south to the small town of Pottuvil. An annual windsurfing competition is organised here to attract professionals and curious amateurs alike. Apart from being a windsurfing hub, Arugam is also an excellent spot to try out underwater photography if you're interested in the craft.Best time to visit: The ideal time to windsurf at Arugam Bay is April to October.
Day 8Finally say goodbye to Sri Lanka and make sure to come back again soon for you haven’t even visited Arugam Bay or Jafna as yet! Approximate Cost Estimates Per Head (costs are estimated on the assumption that 2 people are travelling together):Flights – Rs. 10,000Visa – Rs. 1500Car on hire for 5 days (within Colombo you can take the local Taxis and buses) – Rs. 15,000Hotels – Rs. 1500 onward per day, so Rs. 10,000 in total (approx.) for 7 nights.Food- Rs. 10,000Entry fees to attractions/Interactions – Rs.5000Total: Rs. 56500 or $885You still have $115 to shop!Travellers’ TipsCarry Sunscreen Don’t fall prey to Tips. Almost everyone here who thinks has contributed to your trip in any insignificant way expects a hefty tip Do not visit any spice gardens and buy medicinal herbs or powders from there Wear your seat belt when in the car or get ready to cough up a fine.
After many days, I was still pathetic at surfing but I don't mind going back to Sri Lanka and try surfing again. This time to the Sri Lankan East coast, Arugam Bay!!!This trip was first published on http://pinkjamramblings.blogspot.in/.
When on the East Coast, take all your time to try your hand at surfing, after all it is considered the best place for surfing in Sri Lanka. The beaches are clean, and you will not spot too many tourists around either. Arugam Bay is perfect for all kinds of travellers, ready to explore without any hiccups! You could be a backpacker or someone who loves to lounge in luxury, Arugam Bay has something for everyone. Don't miss out on experiencing an authentic coastal lifestyle.