Arugam Bay is surrounded by a beautiful and unspoiled landscape. Extensive mangrove forests grow in the lagoons of Pottuvil. For many exotic animals, the roots and branches of the mangroves form important habitats, above as well as under water. Colourful birds, bathing elephants, resting crocodiles and numerous monkeys can be seen from the boat. Local fishermen who are casting their nets from here. Wading on small fishing boats or in the water they catch a wide variety of animals.
A two-hour boat tour through this fascinating seascape can be booked directly at the hotel.
Kumana National Park
The Yala National Park East – also known as Kumana National Park, is a short ride by Jeep. The unique paradise is situated about 25 km south of Arugam Bay and offers fascinating insights into the tropical natural environment with its exotic animals and plants. This vast nature reserve can be explored with a local guide. You should allow a few days to explore it. The park covers an area of 18,000 hectares. Similar jungle forests intersperse with rivers, lakes and savanna-like steppe. This unspoiled nature is home to a unique botany, fauna and birdlife. During the breeding season, which begins in early June, the marsh lakes provide excellent nesting for waterfowl. Pelican colonies, spoonbills, storks and herons are found in droves. Peacocks live here with sloth bears, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, mongooses and water buffalo. With a little luck, you might even see a leopard.
A day trip is available locally.