The popular surf destination of Arugam Bay has a range of different places you can visit, but besides that the surfing is what attracts most people from all over the world. One of the places that must be visited is Elephant Rock. It is a popular surfing spot for beginners and an area that is secluded from everything else. It is an undiscovered place that’s perfect for exploring untouched beaches and a hiking location where you can take in a gorgeous sunrise or sunset.
The ideal times to go would be during the early hours of the morning and in the evening, but in the morning you may be able to catch wild elephants roaming around nearby.
It can get crowded from time to time, and you will find a lot of beginner surfers here as the water is shallow. The direction of the waves lean towards the right and are point break. There is a mix of groundswells and windswells. All stages of the tide are great for surfing. There are many offshore mornings during the peak season and several breaks that have headlands, which provide wind protection. The wind is what makes the waves ride-ableand pretty clean. The size of the wave ranges from 2 ft to 6 ft. The best time for surfing in Arugam Bay is from May to October, when the ocean has its steady rhythm. From April to September the waves break on all tides meaning it is suitable for surfers of all skills.
Most surfers will be out at all times, whereas some will be up before it is even light thinking they’ll be the only ones when there’s actually others lining up too. Everyone wants to beat the crowds and the heat, but it is mostly to avoid to crowds.
When it comes to how to get there, the recommended mode of transport would be tuktuk, and a scooter is convenient as well.It will cost approximately Rs. 1000 to get to the elephant rock from the center of Arugam Bay. You have to make your way through the main road, take a left when you see the navy camp sign, keep going left until there is a split where you will take a right and just before a small lake turn left and at the end is Elephant Rock. It will take around 20 minutes.
Please note that when visiting the Elephant Rock it would be much safer when going with a group of people or another person with you as there are active crocodiles in the rivers and elephants will pass in the area.
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