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Galle's 5 Best Surfing Spots: Experience the Thrill of Riding the Waves - Let the longing thrill-seeker unleash

Galle, in lively south Sri Lanka, offers a surf haven with diverse waves for all levels. Whether a newbie or expert, it promises an exciting Indian Ocean experience. Here are five of the best surfing spots in Galle, Sri Lanka!


Hiriketiya Beach - under-the-radar surf paradise

Among the whole host of surf spots that put Galle on the map, Hiriketiya Beach is one of the least known with fan-freaking-tastic surf. However, its low-key days are probably not for long; if the rising popularity of the rather laid-back beach suggests anything, Hiriketiya is slowly moving from the under-the-radar surf paradise it is to the up-and-coming surf capital in the south. Hiriketiya draws surfers of all levels of experience, where the Hiriketiya beach break is ideal for novices, and well-versed surfers are sure to have the time of their lives over at the widely favoured fast left-hand reef.


Weligama - calling all avid novices

In the vibrant south, steeped in breathtaking seaside splendour, Weligama may not sport the reputation of a picturesque beach town, but the incredible surf sure does compensate. For those avid novices looking forward to catching their first couple of waves, Weligama is the place for you. The welcoming yet thrilling horseshoe bay with a remarkably long lapping beach break is exactly what you need to get the hang of the sport. One need not go in search of the best waves as the city centre fronts the best of all.


Hikkaduwa - renowned surf capital

Drawing longing surfers in droves, Hikkaduwa is as popular and developed as any Sri Lankan surf town gets. An empty set of waves in Hikkaduwa is as elusive as a black-footed ferret, and the enticing charm of the vibrant beach town is one that never seems to fade away. While the incredible swells keep you busy during the day, the lively party scene takes over once the sun goes down, inviting you to dance the night away.


Mirissa - unmissable of the south

For those in Galle or merely anywhere on the southwest coast, Mirissa is, without a doubt, the unmissable surf spot that’s blessed with enchanting seaside idyll. From November through March is when the surf town sees the biggest influx of tourists, who not only come to ride the waves of the wide-open seas but also to delight in the slew of other exciting activities on offer, including whale watching, pub crawling and adventurous exploring.


Ahangama - bountiful surf mecca

Last but not least, Ahangama is a definitive surf mecca, home to nearly an incredible 10 surf spots. Blessed with exhilarating swells at almost all surf points, you are absolutely spoiled for choice. Kabalana Beach is a star attraction in the vicinity and something every surfer in the town looks forward to. Adding to the delight of the surfers in town is the host of Galle resorts including the likes of The Fortress Resort & Spa, making for an even more blissful surfing experience.