Arugam Bay

With its slightly run-down feel and swarms of crows, the chilled coastal town of Arugam Bay gives off the vibe that it may have left the bulk of its glory days in the past. Nevertheless, it seethes with people during peak season (April till October), offers some fairly good surf and has a solid assortment of places to chill. Best of all, it’s probably one of the only places in the world where an elephant might come down to the beach in the afternoon to scratch its arse on the reef. Be wary that from November through to March, many places close their doors due to a total lack of tourists.

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