Sri Lanka 2017-18 Surf Season (Oct - May) Book your room at Lions Rest Hotel

What to bring

Surf Tourism is still being developed in Sri Lanka so you if you are travelling the coast a little prep goes a long way.

Surf boards

You can hire boards locally for 1000 Sri Lankan Rupees a day or 300 for an hour. There are a lot of epoxy boards around this year, all buoyant and great for learning on. All the main surf points offer board hire.

Surfboard straps

If you bring your own boards bring some good straps for tying your boards to the top of a Tuk Tuk, otherwise it maybe a bungee cord and have your boards flapping around.

Spare Surf Leash

Available in some places but better quality from home.

Tropical water Sex Wax or similar

Local surf wax is like rubber in Sri Lanka and good tropical surf wax is hard to find.

Rash Vests

You can buy cheap quality rash vests in some places, best to bring a couple with long and shot sleves, go for UV +50 fabric.

Strong Coffee

If you need a strong coffee to get started in the morning best to bring a small stove pot or French filter with filters and your favorite ground coffee. Sri Lankan coffee, pleasant as it is, has a very low caffeine content so after your second pint you are just getting a tickle. There are only a few places in each town you places can get Lavazza as a brand and chain is making a move. Galle Fort, Hikkadua, Unawatuna, irissa the city of Matra city are the ones we have found. Lion’s Rest Hotel is always well stocked with Nespresso.

SIM free Mobile Internet Dongle

Dialog have 3G HSPA+ mobile internet and the best coverage in the south west, whilst many places have WiFi it can be slow so if you need to catch up on line a lot then bring a SIM free dongle or uses the SIM slot in you tablet. You can pick up a prepay data SIM at the main shops (with you passport) for 700 Sri Lankan Rupees and 500 Sri Lankan Rupees per 5 GB of download, many local shops offer top up cards. Lion’s Rest has free fast WiFi that you can also use.

SIM free Nokia “Basic-series” phone

Ditch the tech and constant contact and simplify your life with one of these. Local SIMs are easy to pick up with your passport.


Sri Lankan diet can provide you with more of less everything however if you are surfing a lot or doing other demanding activities there are some vitamins and trace elements that are missing in Sri Lankan diet. A good multivitamin supplement is useful, especially if you are staying a while.

Surf First Aid Kit

Bring iodine based disinfectants, wound closure strips, good selections of large plasters, medical grade super glue fixes a small fin cut in no time. You can buy many medicines over the counter including broad spectrum antibiotics. We found the white powder in a small blue bottle from the local pharmacy (Bacimix Powder) works best for grazes and small cuts.

Travel Surge Protector

If you love your portable devices and want to keep them intact for your trip, go for one of these. The electricity supply is all over the place, we have unfortunately lean’t the hard way with a number of PC casualties.


Last years cool t-shirts and board shorts for the beach boys, you will get asked for the ones you are wearing. Cookies and interesting foods from your country for the families, educational toys for the kids, fishing stuff, water proof carry bags, surf boards to sell at the end of your travels, global brand electronics, decent chef knives. All difficult to get hold of or expensive.

Plantation Point, Midigama

Plantation-Surf-Point-MidigPlantation Surf Point, Midigama is easy to get to from Gurubebila village on the left of the beachfront road.

Talalla Beach, Tangalle

Beaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka TallaleTalalla Beach. Beautiful, sheltered crescent 2km wide cove, a kite boarders dream. Small local break and restaurant round the corner. Low power fun.

Midigama, Lazy Left

Surfing People Lazy Lef Surf South Sri Lanka 2Lazy Left, Midigama. 2min walk from Midigama station. Slow, clean peeling left for intermediate surfers, 500m rides. Works at low tide best. Deep reef,  sand entry. 5 mins in a Tuk Tuk from Gurubebila.

Midigama, Ram's Right

Surfing-People---Rams-Right Surfing WonderlustMidigama, Ram's Right, Intermediate to advanced reef break that holds up to 5ft. Fast 350m ride that sometimes barrels. Shallow reef. RIP Ram, loved by all your legacy lives on.

Hikkaduwa, Main Reef

Hikkadua Surf South Sri LankaHikkaduwa busy tourist area in south-west. Reef and beach breaks. North Jetty, Benny's, Main Reef, Beach Break, Rivermouth. Party nightlife. Get some hugs at Hug Inn, you deserve a holiday.

Ketature Beach, Surf Point

8-Ketature-Beach-Surf-Point-Sri-Lanka-Danagama-Left-1024x731Ketature Beach has a shallow reef break, mainly lefts that hold to 4-5ft. Only works on a big swell with up to 200m rides, not surfable at low tide. Intermediate surf break. Eat or stay KBH Restaurant & Rooms.

Jungle Beach, Walliwala Weligama

Secret-BreaksJungle Beach, Walliwala Weligama. Main left hand break and right that works over 3ft. Both hold to 6ft and have very shallow reef in parts and a 500m paddle out but also 400m rides.

Polhena Surf Point, Matara

Surfing-People-Lazy Left-Surf South Sri LankaPolhena Surf Point. Two kilometers from Matara is the fishing village of Polhena. Series of small beaches around fishing village. Fast left and right handers over a reef break can reach up to 5ft if it works. Watching cetaceans.

Mirissa Beach, Reef Break

Beaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka MirissaMirissa Surf Point. Beautiful crescent shaped, sandy beach surrounded bar hotels and bars. Right hand, peeling reef break, short fast rides. Intermediate-advanced. Reef entry point.

Weligama Harbour, Fisherman' Reef

Weligama-Fisherman's-ReefWeligama, Fisherman's Reef. Fairly unknown, peeling right break that holds between 3 and 5ft, works well in a big swell. 800m paddle out from a beach entry point, shallow reef.

Closenberg, Gallé Surf Break

Galle Surf South Sri LankaGallé Closenberg Surf Point nr Deweta Station. Beach break. Consistent small waves 2ft-4ft on sand, 100m ride. Potential pollution.

Meddawatta Beach Break, SK Town

Beaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka SK TownMeddawatta Beach, SK Town is a long beach break and caters for all level of surfers. From this one time secret sand break, with peeling left and rights holding up to 4ft. Sand beach entry and no reef or rocks.

Rajith Surf Point, Ahangama

Ratith-Surf-Point-Anhagama-Sri-Lanka-3-1024x731Just south of the Ahangama fishing poles you can find Rajith Surf Point. Peeling classic A-frame holds up to 5ft with up to 350m rides. Intermediate reef break.

The Rock Surf Point, Kabalana

Kabalana-Red-Bull-Surfing-Competition Surf South Sri LankaKabalana, The Rock Surf Point. Classic A-frame reef break. Good power, left and rights with 300m ride. Sand beach break also. Stay with Sion Surf Camp, Lace Rock.  

Plantation Point, Gurubebila, Weligama

Beaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka MidigamaGurubebila a quiet local village between between Midigama Left and Weligama Bay. Lions Rest surf accommodation - sunset beer and cocktails.

Midigama, Gurubebila, Coconut Point

Anil-Benjo-CoconutsCoconut Point, Gurubebila reef break, clean and uncrowded, holds up to 6ft, medium fast powerful wave for rides up to 500m. Reef entry point. Opposite the 3 coconut palms and Lions Rest Hotel. Newly opened for 15-16

Unawatuna Diving, no Surf

Beaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka UnawatunaUnawatuna had a surf point before the artificial reef. Now its a base for Divers and late night parties. Great restaurants too.

South Beach Surf Point

South-Beach-Surf-Point-Sri-Lanka-02-1024x576Just north of Kabalana there is an uncrowded beach, near South Beach Hotel. Sandy entry reef break, 300m paddle out with slow lefts and rights that hold to 4ft. A good longboard wave. Beginner to intermediate.

Hiriketiya Bay, Dikwella

Hiriketiya Beach (Horseshoe Bay), Dikwella Surf South Sri Lanka BoxHiriketiya Bay (Horseshoe Bay) is a 200m cove with a surf break that works all year. It is located near Dikwella, half way between Matara and Tangalle. Stay at Wetakeiya House, Dikwella.

Rathgama, Overkanda Surf Point

Rathgama-Surf-PointRathgama, Overkanda Surf Point. Uncrowded, low power, left reef break between Hikkadua and Galle. Can be 5ft, 150m ride on a good day.

Weligama Beach Break

Weligama-Catamaran-Surf-South Sri LankaWeligama Beach Break, long sand bars producing many  left & rights  at varying tide times. Shallow beach entry, no reef or rocks, safe to learn.  Beach side surf schools & board hire. Best at sunrise.

Dondera, Madiha Surf Point

Sunset-Postcard-Surf-South-Sri LankaDondra - Madiha Point Break. Reef, sand & rock break on the most southern point in Sri Lanka. Strong rips. Whale watching tours.