The beach is not the only attraction at Arugam Bay. The vibrant village of Arugam Bay and Pottuvil is surrounded by the loveliest sceneries and landscapes – mangrove, jungle, lagoon, river, rice fields and sand dunes. Within reach is a pair of national wildlife parks. Home to mammals including elephants and leopards, but also myriads of exotic birdlife.
The historical and archaeological sites in the area reveal the history of the area with its stone inscriptions and more than 2000 years’ old ruins.
Only two kilometers from Arugam Bay is the beautiful Pottuvil Lagoon. A Lagoon tour with a local fisherman is always a memorable journey at Arugam Bay: paddling into the lagoon through the scenic mangrove swamps where you will experience a unique bird life, monitor lizards, crocodiles and elephants. Sri Lanka is ranked amongst the world’s twenty-five biodiversity hot spots. It is a country with numerous diversified faunal groups including birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians which you cannot find anywhere else in the world.