Relax on the beaches of Arugam Bay

The beach at Arugam Bay, on Sri Lanka’s dry south-east coast, is the stuff of Bounty ads are made of: sugar-soft sands, coconut palms and utter solitude but for the whoops and whooshes of the surfers riding the point.

Before the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the bay was rapidly becoming one of the world’s top surf destinations. For the time being, you’ll have the double curve of beach and its coconut palm-covered point more or less to yourself, bar a few savvy sun-seekers.

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