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According to Google here are some other common questions asked about Arugam Bay:

Is there an ATM?

Yes, there are two, one on the road in front of the Pacific Hotel and another next to Water Edge Resort. In high season, July to September, they tend to run out of money on the weekend and it is necessary to go to one of the banks in Pottuvil. The tuk tuk drivers will already be queuing next to the ATM for you!

Is there a Bank?

No, the nearest banks are in Pottuvil, 4km away.

Is there an Internet Cafe?

Yes, there is a small local internet cafe opposite the Pacific Hotel. You can also print and photocopy documents here.

Is there a Gym?

No, but the Blue Wave hotel has a small fitness room.

Can I Rent Kitesurfing Equipment?

No, there are no kitesurf rental places in Arugam Bay.

Is there an Airport?

No, the nearest international airport is at Mattala. There are domestic airports at Ampara and Batticaloa.

Is there a Train to Arugam Bay?

No, you need to take the train to either Ella or Batticaloa and then travel by road. See Getting Here for more details.

Is Arugam Bay Safe for Women?

Most attacks on women are by locals known to the victim, occur after dark, on the beach and involve the use of alcohol.

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If anyone has any more questions, please use the comments box below.


  1. Peter Stevenson

    is it possible to get a three month visa extension the day after i arrive to save me having to come back to colombo from abay, thanks for all the great information on this site i am returning to abay after 30 years and this site makes it a lot easier!!

    1. Admin

      Hi Peter, thanks for the positive words! Yes, you can extend your visa at any time after arrival at the main immigration office in Colombo. There are also people who can do it from Arugam Bay if you need that option. Enjoy Abay!

      1. Peter Stevenson

        Thanks for speedy reply and information!

  2. Michelle Loomans

    My partner and I are comming to Arugam Bay for 2 weeks and also want to explore Eat coast for surfing can anyone advise if you can hire scooters or Tuk Tuk self drive? Thanks Michelle

    1. Admin

      Hi Michelle, yes you can, but there are a few things to consider… You should by law get an International Driver’s Permit from the Department of Motor Traffic in Colombo. However, there will still be people who will rent you what you need without this. My advice is to arrive and ask around, you should be able to negotiate a good price for 2 weeks, 1000LKR per day is a good starting place. Also, be advised that the police in the local area make a lot of money out of fining tourists and there are a lot of potential scams.

  3. Daniel

    Hi there,

    Beautiful website. This is so helpful. I’m a solo traveller looking to make the most of my time in June in Sri Lanka and all people say Arugam has the best weather.

    1) What’s the best social place for a non-party person travelling alone?
    2) Is WiFI common to find in this region?
    3) Do you have any suggestions for other beautiful places to just relax on the East Coast? I’m worried about travelling from end of May-July since most major sights in Sri Lanka seem to be rainy.

    Any advice is so helpful. Thank you!


    1. Admin

      Hi Daniel thanks for the compliment! Do you mean a social place as accommodation or to go for a few hours for a coffee or a juice? WiFi varies. Most mid-range hotels will offer free WiFi which will be unlimited. The contracts are expensive so although many places advertise as having WiFi you often find that the high speed GB are finished quickly at the start of the month and then it reverts to slow speed. Passikuda and Nilaveli/Uppuveli are places to consider if you are wanting the beach. Anywhere outside of the main tourist centres will be very undeveloped and will not offer any kind of tourist services in general.

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