Sri Lanka has been on the radars of surfers everywhere for a few years now. Why is that so?

Were they drawn to its exotic culture, Yala National Park and super spicy food? Definitely, but they were also attracted by the fact that surfing in Sri Lanka is a dream come true for those who love to ride waves.

It's a warm-water heaven with reef breaks, beach breaks and point breaks dotted along 1,600 kilometres of coastline. And with west and east-facing surf spots pulling different swells, Sri Lanka more than lives up to its reputation as a tropical island with year-round waves for all skill levels.

Sri Lanka's colours, sounds and welcoming vibes will capture you right away.

The best season to surf Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a solid surf trip destination no matter what time of year you come. With sacred religious sites, delicious cuisine and flora and fauna that can't be found anywhere else on Earth, Sri Lanka is a gem of the Indian Ocean.

If you're keen to snag a few world-class sessions while surfing in Sri Lanka, you'll be pleased to know Sri Lanka almost always has surf. With two distinct surfing seasons on either side of the island, there's always somewhere pumping. You might even be able to score uncrowded waves (if you know where to go)!

November to April = The southwest coast

From November to April you will find consistent swells and offshores grooming waves along Sri Lanka's popular southwest coast. These months are the best time to hit popular spots such as Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and Ahangama. The west coast also offers a mix of mellow beach breaks and more challenging reef breaks for those looking to step up their game.

May to October = The east coast

From May to September the surf season switches over to the east coast, where you'll find surf spots like Arugam Bay lighting up. This area is known for the world-class waves that attract surfers from all over the globe. The swells here are more consistent and powerful, making it an ideal spot for experienced surfers seeking challenging waves.

The most popular spots for surfing in Sri Lanka

Beginner surf spots Sri Lanka


This is a super fun spot for surfers with two different breaks--a learner beach with waves that roll gently onto sand and a steeper pointbreak that’s great for confident beginners or intermediates who want to practise on green waves. Kabalana is regarded as one of the best places to learn the fundamentals… which is why it’s our surf trip destination in Sri Lanka.

Weligama Bay

Just a short ride from Kabalana Beach is Weligama Bay. This renowned surf spot offers consistent and mellow rights and lefts that are perfect for learning to surf. And because it's protected from the biggest swells, you can surf here when everywhere else is too big.

Intermediate surf spots Sri Lanka


This is one of the dreamiest surf spots in all of Sri Lanka. Picture lush palms dangling over turquoise waters with different beach breaks and point breaks to suit all skill levels. Tides can come into play, but when it's on Plantations is the ultimate surf trip oasis.

Arugam Bay

This could just as well be a beginner spot and an advanced spot depending on the swell size. Around 3-4 feet though, it's a fun rippable righthander with nice walls to work with. It can be crowded, but all you need is one good ride--it might very well be the wave of your Indian Ocean surf trip. Side note, Arugam or "A-Bay" is a swell magnet, which means there are waves here almost every day of the surf season (April-Oct).

Advanced surf spots Sri Lanka


This is a wally righthander that can offer steep faces and even small cover-ups for the experienced surfer. It also picks up lots of swell like A-Bay. However, because it's more protected from the south/southeast trade winds than A-Bay, you can often score cleaner sessions.


The cream of the crop when it comes to waves in the Midigama area. This challenging reef break righthander has a mix of steep takeoffs, speedy walls and barrel sections. It’s a must-sesh for advanced surfers, but be warned. With urchins and waves that pack a serious punch, it’s only for those who know what they’re doing.

Local tips for surfing in Sri Lanka

  • Show respect: Sri Lankans are known for their hospitality and kindness. Respect their customs and traditions while surfing or visiting their cultural sites.
  • Stay hydrated: The tropical climate can be intense. Always carry water and hydrate regularly to maintain your energy for those long surf sessions.
  • Enjoy the food: Sri Lankan food is a unique blend of flavours. Don't miss out on local favourites like hoppers, kottu and rice and curry.
  • Shop local: There are only a few surf shops in Sri Lanka, but consider buying surf gear or surf essentials from them if you do happen to find one.
  • See the country: With Sinharaja Rain Forest, Udawalawe National Park safaris and the tea fields of Ella all nearby, Sri Lanka offers more than just epic surf conditions and abundant surfing spots.
  • Beware of sea urchins: Some reef breaks have sea urchins. Investing in a pair of booties can save you from a nasty surprise.

All in all, surfing in Sri Lanka is a must-do. It's one of the most well-rounded surf destinations in the world with everything from fun beach breaks to awesome nature (and even hidden gems for experienced surfers). It's also closer than Indonesia for Europeans seeking an Indian Ocean adventure. So are you ready for your Sri Lanka surf trip?

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