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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.

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