With each new year, more and more surfers are making their way to the waves off of Sri Lanka’s stunning south coast.
Situated down on Sri Lanka’s south coast you will find postcard-worthy beaches, great breaks and local laid back vibes - making it one of our favorite surf destinations in the world.
Most people opt to take the train to the south coast from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. It's just one of Sri Lanka’s many breathtaking old steam train routes and a great way to depart the hectic city and arrive in the beautiful coastal town of Weligama. From there, surfers can hire a motorbike or tuk tuk taxi and head up or down the coast to one of the many stunning surf towns.
While the main swell season in Sri Lanka is April to October (where the popular Arugum Bay is pumping) the southwest coast has better conditions in the opposite months. Clean waves, sandy beach breaks and great weather can be found from Oct-April.
No matter where you stay on the south coast you will be in awe of Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches, welcoming locals, delicious home-cooked cuisine and of course great waves.
Check out some of our recommendations in for Sri Lanka’s south coast:
Base yourself in Weligama:
If you’re looking to explore the coast, Weligama is a great place to base yourself as it is central – making it easy to reach the beach towns just north and south of there.
Eat at Chef Akila’s Kitchen
Down a little back street perched up on a hill, Chef Akila’s Kitchen is the perfect spot for a home cooked meal after a day in the surf. From his freshly caught seafood to perfectly prepared curry there is nothing on the menu that isn’t absolutely delicious.
Dinner or drinks on Mirissa Beach
Mirissa is the most popular tourist town and the place to go if you are looking for a night out. Enjoy dinner or drinks at sunset and stay for a party on the beach.
Sun and surf at Madiha Beach
Just south of Mirissa is one of our favorite surf towns, Madiha. This town definitely has a perfect laid-back vibe with one of the most stunning, and remote beaches.
Make it down to Tangalle
Most surfers skip over the town of Tangalle since it is located further south than the other towns and is not known for the surf. However, if you have the time it is well worth a visit. Here you will find long stretches of beach with no one in sight except maybe a local hut or two where you can enjoy a fresh coconut or oceanside massage (check out Eden Reverie)!