The surf capital of Asia is unofficially Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, the surf is completely geared towards foreign travelers, and hardly any locals actually surf. Due to the water sports tourism, this once quaint fishing village is now completely whitewashed. Hello, mass tourism, beach edition. It is definitely not worthy of my Paradise Found series featuring the globe’s most beautiful beaches. I had to create my own shanti in the overpacked beaches. The only moments of tranquility I was able to find was at dawn when I walked along the shore to catch the sunrise. I happened to see a few fishermen heading out to sea and was able to capture their colorful boats and palm houses without the crowds laying out practically on top of them. Any trace of local culture was hard to find, beyond the social enterprise Ecowave which is dedicated to promoting sustainable farming and tourism. To really enjoy Sri Lankan beaches and interact with Lankans visit the southern beaches instead of the eastern coast. My favorites were Galle and Hiriketiya. While I was completely disappointed in A Bay it is nonetheless a very pretty beach town. Here I’ve collected some of my favorite shots from my few days spent in Arugam Bay. 

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