how to reach us
There are various way to reach Arugam Bay: the easiest and quickest by taxi van; the cheapest by bus;
the longest but most interesting by train, Batticaloa being the nearest train station. For short distances we suggest the bus, for longer trips, a taxi van is more comfortable and flexible.
You can take surf boards on the bus, but not long boards.
distances to and from other parts of Sri Lanka by TAXI:
Colombo Airport - 7 hrs
Colombo City - 8 hrs
Ella - 3 hrs
Kataragama - 3 hrs
Batticaloa - 3 hrs
Passikudah - 3.5hrs
Trincomalee - 5 hrs
Galle/Mirissa/Weligama - 6 hrs
Hikkadwua - 7 hrs
By BUS, add 2 hours for each of the above journey.
Sleeper Train: Colombo - Batticaloa 10 hours, reservation necessary
We can arrange airport pick ups for guest with confirmed bookings only.
Share a ride with others and save some cash! There are a few 'share a taxi' spots in the bay for trips down south or the airport.
directions from Pottuvil:
Most buses will terminate in Pottuvil, 4km north of Arugam Bay; If you get off at Pottuvil you need to get a tuk tuk to Arugam Bay; if the bus terminates in Panama ask to be dropped off by the water tower in Arugam Bay.
50m after the water tower turn left into a little road in the middle of a field (or wetlands if its rainy season); we are at the end of the little road, behind the blue house. You can't miss us.
WARNING: upon arrival at the bus terminal in Pottuvil , tuk tuk touts will jump on the bus to lure you into their tuk tuk for crazy rupees!! ... and they will also to try to take you to go to a different guesthouse.
The tuk tuk ride from Pottuvil to us is 350rupees MAX!
If traveling by tuk tuk or van from Pottuvil head south; drive over the Pottuvil bridge and continue driving through the entire Arugam Bay village; As you approach Buddha Junction, stay on the main road turning right; continue until you see the big mushroom shaped water tower. 50m after the water tower turn left into a little road in the middle of a field (or wetlands if its rainy season); we are at the end of the little road, behind the blue house. You can't miss us.