BEACH HOTEL

Climate

Pottuvil and Arugam Bay are situated on the Indian Ocean in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's South-East coast. The area is rich in bird life and wildlife in the widespread jungle areas, wetlands and lagoons nearby. It has it's own specific climate with very little rain compared to the rest of the island.

Average temperatures in the shade are:

28-30 degrees Celsius during Nov. Dec. and Jan.

30-32 degrees Celsius during Feb. Mar. and Sept. Oct.

32-36 degrees Celsius during April May June July August

November and December are quiet, but beautiful. It is often windy, but still warm and it rains on and off. It is the rainy time in the East, but still there are many sunny days. All through the year the varying landscape invites trips on bicycle, motorbike and off-roaders, as well as walking along the beaches. During this period many migrating birds arrive.

January, February and March have a very agreeable , though slightly humid climate. Refreshing winds blow from the North-East. The weather and waves are mostly good for wind-surfing, rafting, fishing and swimming, and this is the best time for bird watching.

During April and May the sun is at its Zenith, and it can get rather hot and humid. The wind changes to South-East, and the season for body-surf starts. Arugam Bay is known as one of the best surf-points in the world.

From June the climate starts to feel less hot, as the soil and air get drier. Before midday a constant breeze from South East blows. The waves are now mostly steady for surf. A canoe trip in the lagoon during sunset is unforgettable.

The same is true for July, August, September and October, which are dry as well. This is contrary to the climate on the West Coast and many holidaymakers and surfers arrive during these months. A couple of showers in September or October make the landscape green again.

Email: stardust@arugambay.com • Phone: 0094 (0) 63 22 48 191 • Mobile: 0094 (0) 77 90 67 841 • STARDUST BEACH HOTEL, ARUGAM BAY, POTTUVIL, SRI LANKA