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Alternative break points include Okonda, Panama Point, Peanut Farm, Elephant Rock, Pottuvil Point, Whisky Point, Green Rooms and when you include Arugam Bay (which is generally a good gauge to know if the other points are working) and Baby Point this gives plenty options if it gets crowded in Arugam Bay. If you want to know more specific local information please contact us.
At Lahugala (20mins), sometimes at Elephant Rock or Urani (both closer), but Lahugala is generally a better hit rate (This year we have seen around 50 in one go). But you never know last year one was spotted in Pottuvil High Street as the rains were late and animals were getting desparate!
Yala East National Park, Kumana & Okonda
You will need to hire a 4wd Jeep for this fab day out, you never know you might catch a glimpse of the elusive Leopard in Yala. There is plenty of other wildlife and stunning scenery to look at in case you don’t. Okonda is a beautiful wild beach and temple that is home to an annual Hindu festival and Kumana is a bird sanctuary.
Kataragama & Okonda
This annual festival/pilgamage is shared by Hindus and Buddists, many locals walk from all over the island, some taking months to reach their destination. It is possible to join the walk but a word of warning there are thousands of people there and not many toilets!
Around 20mins tuc tuc ride will get you a beautiful reservoir that crocs may be seen, best to go during the day as they often sunbathe during this time.
Mudu Maha Vihara
This tiny ancient 2000 yr old temple is situated behind some sand dunes just before you cross the bridge to get to Arugam Bay from Pottuvil. But the best way to visit (and work off some of that rice & curry belly) is to walk either early in the morning or after 4.30pm as it can get very hot and there is not much shade. There are more temple sites in the Pottuvil surrounding area.
Canoe Lagoon Trip
Lagoon trips to visit Pottuvil lagoon can be arranged. These last approx 2 hrs and there will be a local fisherman who will paddle you around to see the mangroves and wildlife, you may even see some crocs!