What to expect A surfer’s escape since the 70s, Sri Lanka has plenty of waves, picture perfect beaches, a friendly vibe and plenty of culture.
When to go There are two distinct seasons: December to March when the wind is offshore on the west coast breaks of Hikadua and Midigama, and the southwest monsoon (June to October) when Arugam Bay and the east coast goes off.
Where to surf On the east side, centred around Hikkadua, beaches and reefs dominate. On the western side there is the occasional reef, but it’s mainly long sand points, which are good for intermediates. Head to Arugam Bay as it’s the best swell magnet of all the points and you can almost always guarantee that The Point will be a couple of feet bigger than any of the other breaks. But watch out for crowds. Also check out Pottuvil Point – it’s every surfer’s dream tropical wave.
What will £20 buy you? Dinner at a beach side café and enough saris to keep you happy for years.