You can not only relax in your hotel or wander along the beach, but you can also try surfing on the Sri Lankan waves. If you are visiting Sri Lanka and want to experience the surf, then this is a place for you to be. Surfing can be done throughout the year, although it may vary depending on the time of day and month. The waves are usually smaller in May through September, but larger during November through April. There are some fantastic spots in and around Koggala where you can go surfing.
Intermediate and beginner surfers have plenty of space to practise their moves at this south Sri Lankan spot, famous for its fishermen on stilts. The best conditions are in the winter, but continuous breaks are not guaranteed at Koggala itself. The nearby Weligama Beach break is also best suited to those just starting out; sheltered from oncoming winds, the waves are manageable but can reach up to 1.5m (5ft). Midigama’s waves generate long rides. Ahangama, 20 minutes away, is where the advanced surfers head, especially in the peak season (January to February), when the waves can reach 2.5m (8ft).
Koggala is a relatively unknown beach paradise in the deep South of Sri Lanka. It excludes a peaceful charm that is devoid of the usual droves of tourists. Instead the stunningly beautiful long stretch of beach in Koggala beckons visitors to leave their worries behind and absorb the ambience of true paradise. However, it is not only about the sun, surf and sand. Koggala has a host of other interesting activities on offer nearby such as museums, a historic Fort, temples, a lighthouse and even a small rainforest reserve.
Koggala has one of south coast’s best beaches. Koggala Left holds up even in medium cross-onshore conditions. There is also a short but very powerful and punchy beachbreak right. Koggala surf location is more suitable for advanced surfers due to the strong undercurrents. Directly in front of Club Koggala resort, Koggala is a great spot without any crowds. Absolutely no competitiveness in the water and sharing waves is the norm. Plenty of sea turtles and a very inquisitive white tip reef shark about 6 foot long! It’s a great place to spend a couple of weeks surfing by yourself with no other beginners throwing their boards all over the place.
Koggala is a relatively unknown beach paradise in the deep South of Sri Lanka. It excludes a peaceful charm that is devoid of the usual droves of tourists
Koggala in SW is an exposed reef and point break that only works once in a while. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and wind swells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. Both left and right reef breaks. Sometimes crowded. Submerged rocks are a hazard.
The best time of year for surfing Koggala Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 62% of the time in January while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 7% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
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|Beginner / Intermediate||There’s nothing hollow and hard at Koggala Beach, and its actually one of the less-consistent of the beaches in the Southern Province. Still, it’s a sand-bottomed break that goes nicely on chest-high southerly swells and can work well with a N offshore wind. Locals call the spot the South Beach.
On top of South Beach, you’ve also got the Koggala Left. Don’t confuse the two. The latter is a much more challenging reef that walls up quite steeply and breaks over coral.
|Beginner||Like SK Town further along the Matara Road, Kabalana surf has risen to become a real go-to for the surf schools of Weligama as the line ups start getting ridiculous in the high season on the home break. There is a nice, mellow shorebreak wave which comes in off the sand. It’s rarely big and prone to crumbling, so it’s starters only, although some days can pick up nice swells.
However, that’s not the main reason to come if you’re a serious surfer. That honor goes to the perfect A-frame at Kabalana surf point. Heavy and fast, it’s a challenging wave that can be surfed in both directions, is mightily rippable, and a treat for any shortboarders that love running off the lip and churning up the shoulder.
|Intermediate / Advanced||This is located on Kabalana beach and is literally a large boulder rising above the waterline. It is one of the best waves on the South Sri Lankan Coast.. Fun and consistent waves for intermediates on small days, and powerful waves for the experienced on others. From a large gnarly barrelling left & right peak with a vertical take to other days offering a long left with makable barrelling sections.|
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