9 Hostels in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka. You can choose from 9 Arugam Bay hostels. In total, there are 20 cheap places to stay in Arugam Bay such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $4 for a dorm.

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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.

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Cheapest hostel in Arugam Bay


(Little Lagoon Hostel is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Arugam Bay


(Waypoint Arugam Bay is the best rated)

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Hostels in Arugam Bay for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Arugam Bay for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Arugam Bay? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Arugam Bay alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Arugam Bay. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

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 are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and 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. To help you make friends with Arugam Bay before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

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

Other Nearby Cities
Komari Komari (15 Km / 9 mi.)
Yala National Park Yala National Park (57 Km / 35 mi.)
Passara Passara (75 Km / 46 mi.)
Kataragama Kataragama (74 Km / 46 mi.)
Ella Ella (87 Km / 54 mi.)
Tissamaharama Tissamaharama (88 Km / 55 mi.)
Dickwella Dickwella (92 Km / 57 mi.)

FAQ about Arugam Bay Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Arugam Bay. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Arugam Bay. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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Waypoint Arugam Bay is the best rated hostel for partying in Arugam Bay.
It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

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Your Packing List for Arugam Bay

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Arugam Bay and Sri Lanka.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Arugam Bay