A stay in a Sri Lanka surf camp usually involves day after day of mellow rolling waves! It is not a big heavy barrel destination but instead it is a beginner and intermediate surf paradise.

 

The surf camps in Sri Lanka range from modern and luxurious and while some are up in the jungle others are right by the beach. Hosts vary from locals to ex-pats, but whatever the place you choose the people, the culture and the surf make Sri Lanka a must visit surf destination.

 

It's important to be aware of the best times to travel. For the South coast it is November to April. For the East coast it May to October! 

 

Here are 5 of our favourite... 

 

1. Lanka Living

"Hang out in the jungle tree tops minutes from the surf"

Sleeps: 22
Location: Ahangama. Home to the most consistent surf in Sri Lanka. Still a small surf village and yet to be overdeveloped. 
Rooms available: Privates & Dorms.
How to get there: 3 hour drive from Colombo. They provide transfers. 
Owners: Swedish born Mika who followed her dreams to set upo the surf camp.  
Nearest Wave: Kabalana beach. 15 min walk. 
Surf Packages Available: 

1. Beginner Surf All Inclusive (Lessons & Meals): 7 nights €400 
2. Intermediate Surf All Inclusive Lessons & Meals): 7 nights €400 
3. FreeSurf Package(Meals but you surf yourself!): 7 nights €227

 

2. Talalla Surf Retreat

"Unique Beachfront surf retreat recommended by Lonely Planet"

Sleeps: 6
Location: Talalla. Home to arguably Sri Lanka's most beautiful beach.  
Rooms available: Privates & Dorms. Only 6 per week for the surf retreat.
How to get there: 3 hour drive from Colombo. They provide transfers. 
Owners: Laurie Rose. An Australian who fell in love with the spiritual charm and the surf of Sri Lanka.  
Nearest Wave: Located in prime position to take advantage of the waves both on the east and west side of Dondra.  
Surf Package Available: 

Beginner Surf Camp (Lessons, Massage & Delicious Meals): 6 nights €1,111 

 

3. Mellow Surf Hostel

"Brings together a like minded community that shares the joy of riding waves, meditating, practicing yoga, trying new things and embracing the life"

Sleeps: 38
Location: Ahangama. Home to the most consistent surf in Sri Lanka. Still a small surf village and yet to be overdeveloped.   
Rooms available: Mix of Privates & Dorms. 
How to get there:  2.5 hours drive from Colombo. They provide transfers. 
Owners: Dennis T. Set up in 2018 to creata a slice of surf paradise.   
Nearest Wave: The Rock. The areas most consistent break right in front.  
Surf Package Available: 

8 Days Surf & Yoga Package (Surf Lessons & Yoga everyday and All Meals): 7 nights €700

 

4. drivethru Polhena

"Five minutes walk away is Polhena Beach with its easy reef break and some small local shops on the shore."

 

Sleeps: 28
Location: Polhena. A small village centred around a sandy cove. The big town of Weligama is 20 minutes away.   
Rooms available: Luxury Shared Rooms. 
How to get there:  2.5 hours drive from Colombo. They provide transfers. 
Owner: Axl. After working in surf camps around the world he set up drivethru in 2013.   
Nearest Wave: Polhena Reef Back. Perfect Beginner & Intermediate sections.  
Surf Package Available: 

7 Night Surf Package (Small surf groups. 5 dinners): €490

 

5. Solid Surf & Yoga House

"Discover, explorer, relax, surf and eat is what we do in Sri Lanka!"

 

Sleeps: 20
Location: Weligama Bay. Centrally located between all the surf spots, mea ning no long drives to the surf.   
Rooms available: Shared & Private Rooms. High standard. 
How to get there:  2.5 hours drive from Colombo. They provide transfers. 
Owner: Jordi and his crew have been running Solid for almost a decade now.   
Nearest Wave: Weligama beach break is 500 metres away, and reefs breaks Jungle Beach & Turtle bayjust a little futrther.  
Surf Package Available: 

7 Night Surf Package (5 x surf lessons, Free extra rental for 3 hrs per day, 5 x Yoga): €399

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For more information in planning a Sri lanka Surf holiday check out our Sri Lanka page.