Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay Beach

This long crescent of sand never fails to draw an 'ahh' from all who see it for the first time. In season, its appeal to surfers is obvious. But through the year, it is simple a lovely place to relax. The southern h…
Top Choice International in Arugam Bay

Hideaway Restaurant

This classy hotel restaurant features a menu that changes daily and lots of fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Staff are professional and welcoming. Many dishes feature Mediterranean and East Asian influences. Ther…
Top Choice Pizza in Arugam Bay

Seahorse Inn & Pizzeria

The rooms at this inn are a little too close to the road, but the courtyard dining area is in back. It's all open air, with tables and lounging areas. The pizza is not just the best in Arugam Bay, but among the best…
Bar in Arugam Bay

Siam View Hotel

This ungainly-looking, rickety roadside party HQ creaks with action almost around the clock. It hosts a slew of party nights, with everything from tech-house DJs to local reggae bands rocking the dance floor. Expect…
International in Arugam Bay

Stardust Restaurant

For a memorable meal, this superb beachfront hotel restaurant is just the ticket, with expertly executed European and Asian dishes, wine by the bottle (and glass), and terrific juices, lassis and espresso coffee. Th…
Lounge in Arugam Bay

Hide & Chill Bar

For divine cocktails under the stars check out Hideaway Hotel's Hide & Chill Bar. There are all sorts of lounging areas where you can sprawl out after a long day and literally let the good times roll. This is Ar…
Seafood in Arugam Bay

Siripala Place Surf Cafe

This cafe is next to the spot where the fish are first hauled out of nets or off boats and loaded onto buffalo-drawn carts. But some stay right here, so the seafood is surf-fresh. The views and breezes from the terr…
Seafood in Arugam Bay

Surf N Sun

Relax amid lush gardens on the broad outdoor deck lounge, with low-slung cushions, throw pillows, and candles and lanterns. Good food, too, including seafood, pizza and the occasional barbecue. There is a talented b…
Sri Lankan in Arugam Bay

Samanthi’s Restaurant

Samanthi’s, at Freedom Beach Cabanas, is run by a family of cheerful women. Order ahead for rice and curry (around Rs 350); other dishes are the standard A-Bay mix of Western and modified Sri Lankan (meaning toned d…
Sri Lankan in Arugam Bay

Meena

For a good local meal, this small place pumps out all the usual faves including string hoppers, rice and curry, kotthu (rotti chopped up and mixed with vegies) and fried rice. Sip on a tropical fruit juice while you…