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/from other parts of Sri Lanka:
Colombo city - 6 hours by taxi (van) at night; 9 hours daytime
Colombo city - 7 hours by AC night bus from Petha bus terminal.
Colombo Airport - 7 hours by van at night; 9 hours by van daytime
Mattala Airport - 4 hours by taxi - buses only run early mornings.
Ella - 4 hours by van or tuk tuk; 6 hours by bus, with changes
Kataragama - 3 hours by van or tuk tuk
Batticaloa - 3 hours by van or tuk tuk
Galle - 6 hours by van; 8 hours by bus
Sleeper Train: Colombo - Batticaloa 10 hours, reservation necessary
We organise airport pick ups for guest with confirmed bookings.
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.
NOTE: upon arrival at the bus terminal , tuk tuk drivers will jump on you to go with them... invent stories and lies to try to get you to go to a different guesthouse or try to charge you plans, please ignore them.
Also the tuk tuk ride from Pottuvil to us is 350rupees max.
If travelling 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.