Arugam Bay has a lot to offer during the winter months, the Green Season. It is a special time of year, without crowd, relaxed and an ideal time to experience coastal Sri Lanka without the tourism: fishing, farming, wildlife, and monsoon.
The Monsoon usually swings by November to January. Monsoon doesn't mean it rains constantly for 3 months, it means its overcast and it rains a few hours a day before the sun shines again; temperatures drop to 18C at night, but remain a mere 26C to 27C during the day. Thanks to the monsoon the eastern province is in its greenest time of year. Exotic birds are drawn towards the rivers and lagoons that are mostly dry during the summer months, and the landscape and farms are absolutely stunning.
Fishing is the main priority and income for Arugam Bay locals; it has been a fishing village for hundreds of years, and the main form of income for most people even before the war begun, before surf was discovered and tourism kicked off.
Fishing months vary and can start as early as September until February.
Rice Farming is another winter income for local farmers. Lush green paddy fields surround Arugam Bay. Rice harvest is in February and March. Below are some ideas on how to relax and unwind during he winter months.
Visit ancient temples
around Arugam Bay are some of the most beautiful temples, monasteries and shrines definitely worth a visit: Okanda; Kudimbigala; Panama temples are only a few. There are also a couple historical sites around Pottuvil and Lahaugala. Ask us to find out more and how to reach them.
Curry cooking class
let the experts show you how its done!
Cooking classes with Raffaella and her sri lankan cook are done around lunch time demonstrating 3 different curries, coconut sambol, pappadam and rice.
After the class, lunch is served.
Fishing with Sudu
Fishing season starts in mid September and runs until the end of February. Most locals who run tourist businesses in the summer become fishermen in the winter; physically demanding but pretty lucrative.
Sudu has his own fishing business, made up of 4 boats and a team of 12 men.
Join Sudu and his team for a true sri lankan fishing experience. Your catch will be your dinner.
Walk amazing beaches
We are surrounded by amazing beaches, and during the winter are so beautiful and peaceful. Peanut Farm, Crocodile Rock and the bay are great for walking.
the winter months are the best for bird watching as the lagoons are full of water attracting all sorts of feathered species. We don't have binoculars to lend you, but we do have plenty of books on sri lankan birds and wildlife.
Kumana Safari - Yala East
We put you in touch with expert drivers to visit Yala East national park for a 4x4 jeep safari; these are best done in groups of 4 or 6, and there is always someone to share a safari with if its just 2 of you.
If you fancy spotting a leopard, elephants amazing birds, bears, deers and more, this half day tour is a must.