With consistent swells between two and four feet, tropical waters, a friendly, bustling culture and a great exchange rate, the west coast of Sri Lanka has long been a winter escape for the surfers of Europe.
There are waves right around the west coast with traditional surf centres of Hikkadua, Ahangama, Midigama and Weligama all well set up with quality accommodation providers, surf schools, cafes and restaurants. It is a perfect spot for everyone from beginners to advanced surfers, and is particularly well suited to intermediates and families with frothing groms.
Expect to get up at dawn to catch the glassy waves which never seem to go flat, then shelter from the midday sun before an evening glass off sesh. Choose to stay in one location or move up or down the coast. You probably won't get empty lines, unless you go exploring, but you will have fun.
Most accommodation providers will book you transport from the airport via taxis or minibuses. Alternatively you can book them in the airport arrivals area, or go outside and haggle. Hikkadua is two hours from Colombo airport. Weligama and Midigama two and half hours ($100 one way). If you are feeling adventurous take the train which goes down the coast.
Must dos while you are away include the snake farms, and you can rent your own tuk-tuk and go on an adventure. Roads are very busy so we wouldn’t recommend mopeds. A lot of the surf camps provide surfari days out.