Hostels in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

12 hostels available. Prices start from $2 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Arugam Bay

Little Lagoon Hostel


Free Breakfast
Beach Lovers Retreat Youth Hostel
"…In the garden we have a refurbished shipping container as a private double room. This room is air-conditioned, has a cupboard and a private bathroom. Little Lagoon Hostel is good market … More
"…due to strong power fluctuations, otherwise they would break down due to overheating. Due to this fact we had already to replace many motherboards at the A/Cs which are enormous costs. On request … More
Adventure Hostels Beach Lovers Retreat Female Solo Traveller Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
No 112, Uppli Road, Sinna Ullai, Arugam Bay 32500 More
"…In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 14:00 to 22:00. Check out from 08:00 to 10:00 AM. Payment upon arrival by cash. … More
Adventure Hostels Beach Lovers Retreat Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…2nd beach hostel. As a highly rated hostel chain in Sri Lanka, Hangover Hostels Arugam Bay invites travelers, surfers and sun worshipers to immerse themselves in all what Arugam Bay has to offer, … More
Solo Traveller
"…***Property Policies*** Cancellation policy: 1 day before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 13:00 to 22:00. … More
Adventure Hostels Beach Lovers Retreat Family-Friendly Hostel Female Solo Traveller Solo Traveller
52, Main Street, Arugambay More
Party Hostel
"…PS - Dorms are Fully air conditioned. ***Property Policies*** Cancellation policy: 1 day before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your … More
Beach Lovers Retreat Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…When you're not chilling in the garden, join our nightly activities, morning yoga classes, beach clean-ups or take one of our wildlife or surf safaris. At Arugam Bay, we promise comfortable … More
Party Hostel Youth Hostel
"…Check in from 11:00 noon to 23:00. Check out before 10:30 AM. Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes Excluded - 14.50% Breakfast Excluded. No curfew. Pet friendly. Child friendly. Non … More
Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
Beach Hut Road arugambay, Pottuvill More

Hotels in Arugam Bay

"Stay comfortable with us   Come to your best home away from home!   Surf Gangs Hotel is located in close proximity to the world famous popular surfing spot Arugambay. Other features at the … More
"…No curfew. Pet friendly. Child friendly. 0 - 11 years (Can use an extra bed upon request) US$10 per child, per night All cots and extra beds are subject to availability. No Smoking but have a … More

Guest Houses in Arugam Bay

"…These four structures surround a central communal gazebo which contains tables, chairs, hammocks, and a couch. The gazebo area facilitates a social atmosphere for our guests, and is often used to … More

Hostels in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

12 hostels available. Prices start from $5 for a dorm bed.
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Get to know Arugam Bay (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Arugam Bay.

Arugam Bay is a bay on the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. It is most famous for the surf breaks in the bay, which attract world-class surfers and surfers wanting to try out the waves. Arugam Bay is on the opposite coast from Colombo. To get here, you need to fly to Colombo and arrange transfer with your hotel. Private taxis cost quite a bit and there is no reliable air service into anywhere closer. The drive from Colombo is around 320km (200 miles) but can take a full day to get across.

Because Arugam Bay is a world-class surf spot, there is a lot of accommodation. There are only a few hostels in town, and none will be the traditional backpacker hostels you might be used to from Australia or Europe. Expect family-owned hostels that are clean, quiet, and friendly; the rooms may be small but the shared spaces will make up for that. There are also several guesthouses and inns in town if the hostels are full.

Arugam Bay was devastated by the 2004 tsunami and rebuilding over the last decade has been rather slow. The town is tiny - only a few hundred residents - but the main beachside street is where to find the restaurants, bars, and shops. Tourism here is dominated by the surf culture but there are also national parks within easy driving distance. The Kumana National Park is to the south, while the Lahugala National Park is on the north side of town. There are a lot of elephants and other wildlife in the area, and you can expect to see them migrating between the two parks. Buses run to the town of Panama, south of Arugam Bay, three times a day; jump off at one of the many unspoilt beaches here for an afternoon of relaxation. Whether you aren’t a surfer or just need a day off, Arugam Bay is an excellent base for hiking and wildlife watching.

Written by local enthusiast for Arugam Bay hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Arugam Bay hostels Jakob Lombardi

Arugam Bay Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Arugam Bay, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 12
Average dorm price $8
Average private room price $14
Cheapest hostel in Arugam Bay Lemon Tree Hostel with $5
Party hostels in Arugam Bay Little Bay Hostel (5 in total)
Average rating of all hostels 5.4

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