You are going to get stoked! For watersports in south Sri Lanka you are spoilt for choice. 1,340 km of coastline, the sea never falling below 27 degrees. The country is a mecca for water based activities. In the South West of Sri Lanka the monsoon season is May to August so depending if you are after waves, wind or visibility there are different activities that have a weather advantage all year round.
The official peak surf season in the south-west, around Welligama, is from the end of October to early April. Winds are offshore making clean waves, swells are consistently good and rain is at a minimum. The season then shifts up the south east coast towards Arugum Bay from April. Waves cater for all surfing abilities. You can rent long and fish boards both locally – handy as it is unlikely they will let you on your plane with you long-board. Outside the official surfing season you still get some fantastic days in the water or you can jump in on the kite boarding season when the consistent winds trump the consistent swells.
Of course you can roll out of bed and spend a day in the sun on a pristine sandy beach, bathing in azure warm waters. South Sri Lanka is big on beaches, it is also big on wellness and there are some other great chill outs.
Yoga is without doubt complementary to a day’s surfing. On a basic physical level is great to stretch out. Yoga improves balance, flexibility, core strength and deepens breathing. Hatha Yoga is the easiest style to find in the region. The connection you will get by being in the ocean combined with yoga practice can really help you regain your center.
Give something back
“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…” – Wilferd Peterson
It’s not been that easy for the south Sri Lankans, devastated by the December 2004 Tsunami and scarred by a long civil war. Things are looking up and the economy is booming. Choosing Sri Lanka as your holiday destination is one of the best things you can do but there are some other things you can do, to give a little back, in return for your stay in paradise. There are many local charities you can donate to or get involved in. Just ask when you get there and serendipity will show you the way.