The coastal belt of Sri Lanka is known for its calm seas, serene views, and the surfing scene as well. When the tide is just right the Southern coast and the Eastern coast of the country transform into a surfer’s paradise with amazing waves near the shoreline.

Sri Lanka’s surfing scene has quickly become a major destination for the traveler yearning to learn the technical activity of surfing, since the island has relatively predictable wave patterns perfect for the beginner and the intermediate surfer.

What makes a Sri Lanka surf holiday so appealing to beginner and intermediate surfers are the easy accessibility to the island’s waves, the large number of sand-bottomed breaks and the super consistent swells that bring perfectly groomed waist to chest high waves into the breaks over 310+ days a year.

The surfing destinations doubling up as party destinations, along with great accommodation facilities, surfing in Sri Lanka has become a major activity in the bucket list of many travelers journeying the paradise island.

Interesting Facts

  • Surfing seasons in Sri Lanka are divided due to the geography of the surfing hotspots.
  • The Southern coast, namely the seaside towns of Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Ahangama and Weligama serve as the ideal destination for beginner surfers and surfers wishing to learn the art of surfing, since the waves that crash in sand bottomed areas are safe, as opposed to those that crash on reefs.
  • The Eastern coast, namely Arugam Bay, on the other hand, is ideal for the intermediate surfer looking for a little bit of a challenge since the waves are quite tall and come with much more ferocity.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The surfing season along the Southern coast of the country lasts from November to April, and the season along the East coast normally lasts from May to October due to the shift in the weather.
  • Due to the intense sun during the season, it can get very warm, thus making it highly advisable to carry sunblock.
  • If you are a learner, it is best to head to Weligama since the beaches here are considered the safest for learners.
  • If you do not have a surf board yourself, you could easily rent one at the many hostels or renting spots along the coast.
  • It is important to look at the weather forecasts, since it can be quite dangerous if it is quite windy.

Beach holidays in Sri Lanka are never complete without taking that long board out into the deep blue and gliding about the breakers.

Location info

Arugam Bay

Hikkaduwa Beach

Mirissa Beach

Weligama Beach

Ahangama Beach

Unawatuna Beach



May - October

(East Coast)

November - April

(South Coast)

Guided Tour

Surf School Sri Lanka
Nkar Travels and Tours


Sports and Recreation

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