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Tips for an Amazing Surf Holiday in Sri Lanka -An insider's view of the island nation

Among other things of tourist interest, Sri Lanka has great spots for surfing as well. If you are coming to the island with the intention of surfing, here are some tips and tricks for you.

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Avoid the crowd

There are two main regions that are perfect for surfing: the southern coast and the eastern coast. The southern coast, which includes Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Ahangama, and Galle are popular tourist spots, and not just among surfers. While the waves here range from those perfect for beginners to those for advanced surfers, it also means that you will be in the middle of a crowded season.

The eastern coast, on the other hand, seems a fewer number of tourists. Those who visit the area are often focused on surfing, especially at Arugam Bay. The best time to visit with regard to the swells is between April and October. As this is the off-season with regard to general tourism, you would see less of a crowd in the eastern coast.

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Visit in the off-season

Visiting the island during the off-season not only is best when it comes to waves, but it is also good for your wallet. A lot larger hotels like Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing often have promotions running during the offseason. This will help you a great deal in saving some money on accommodation, which you can then invest in staying longer to enjoy the waves better.

Another perk of visiting in the off-season is the convenience in reserving accommodation. Being a small island, you can easily stay at one of the Pottuvil hotels and travel to Arugum Bay in less than half an hour. This will allow you to look for cheaper options which are available when it comes to a place to stay the night.

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Travelling within the country

As you disembark from the International Airport at Katunayake, you will have a long commute whether it is to the east coast or the south coast that you travel. If you are travelling with the surfing gear, it is best if you can hire a cab for the commute to the destination, although this can be costly. If there is no gear, one of the cheapest options is to take the train or the bus. Public transport in Sri Lanka is quite cheap, although you will have to spend some time on the road. The path to southern coast is better, though, with the expressway being built.

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What to bring on your trip

or a surfing trip in Sri Lanka, you can bring a standard board; or if you plan on trying waves at many places, a slightly bigger board to be on the safe side. If you are not bringing your own board, there are plenty of places to rent one, so there is no need to worry on that front.

In addition, make sure to pack a first aid kit complete with band aids, disinfectants, and antibiotics. Make sure you bring mosquito repellent and Vitamin C, as some tend to have allergic reactions to mosquito bites. While the food on the island is rich in nutrients, you might want to bring some calcium and magnesium supplements just in case. A strong sun block is mandatory.

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