Surf’s Up at Arugam Bay, famously known as one of the best three locations for surfing this destination is unique as it offers you more than just surfing. It offers you everything that Sri Lanka is known for, such as ancient monuments, wildlife, golden beaches and marine life all in a very beautiful coastal town. Located in the east coast Arugam Bay is a tourist destination which does not offer you modern facilities like other coastal towns in the South of Sri Lanka however its unspoilt beauty makes it a top destination for surfers and beach lovers alike.
Between May and September the waves in Arugam Bay make it a sanctuary for all surfers has it contains over ten great surf points. It is also a location for local and international surfing competitions.
In addition the ocean is also perfect for just swimming and snorkeling. For those looking for Sri Lankan wildlife the Lahangala wild life sanctuary is known for its majestic elephants. For bird lovers the Kumana bird sanctuary offers you some rare species and birds that have migrated from far off places like Siberia to escape the harsh winter conditions.
Arugam Bay is considered by many as one of the best surf-spots in the world. Surfing and swimming is possible almost all year round with the average height of waves being 1.5 - 2.5 meters.
There is some good snorkeling around Arugam Bay but the serious scuba diver should charter a boat and head for the Basses Reefs, the "must see" dive site in Sri Lanka.
The Lagoon is a new initiative in the management of mangroves and wildlife in Sri Lanka. It brings together local fishermen, government officials and tourists, in an effort to conserve and protect the abundant wildlife found in Pottuvil Lagoon. The mangrove forest is home to a huge variety of birds such a sea eagles, kingfishers, pelicans, herons, darters, grebes and long-legged stilts. In the trees you can see both varieties of Sri Lanka'smaquace monkeys. In the water lurk crocodiles, water monitor lizards, freshwater snakes and a multitude of fish and prawns.
Make excursion to Yala National Park or Ruhuna National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province.It had originally had been designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of its wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.
Magul maha viharaya is located to the south of Sithulpauwa, here the remains of the Buddhist temple can be viewed. It is believed that the temple is located on the spot where king Kavan tissa married Vihara Maha Devi. 'Magul' refers to wedding in Sinhala; the temple was built to celebrate the nuptials of the king. The Magul maha Viharaya is situated within the Yala national park and visitors could view the ruins.
Lahugala Kitulana National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Sri Lanka. Despite its land area, the park is an important habitat for Sri Lankan Elephant and endemic birds of Sri Lanka.
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