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25 AWESOME Things To Do In Ahangama, Sri Lanka

If you’re the best things to do in Ahangama you’ve come to the right place!

Situated on Sri Lanka’s south coast lies the palm tree-studded, golden shores of Ahangama. 

Ahangama is one of Sri Lanka’s up-and-coming hipster surf towns with many a surf camp popping up among this dreamy coastline. 

Whilst most people do come here to surf, there is so much more to Ahangama than the “gnarly waves”.

Whether you want to unwind with some yoga, see the famous stilt fishermen of Sri Lanka, or simply try out all of the incredible restaurants.

There are so many wonderful things to do in Ahangama (and its surrounding towns). 

Now I’ll be honest, it wasn’t love at first sight with Ahangama. In fact, we cut our stay here short to head back to Hiriketiya (my favourite beach town in Sri Lanka).

However, when we decided to come back a second time to see a friend we totally and utterly fell in love (and realised our initial dislike was all to do with where we stayed and the lack of people we met). 

I’m so glad we gave Ahangama a second chance. It’s such a special place and one that definitely deserves a visit.

And if you’re thinking of taking a trip to one of the more popular beach towns in Sri Lanka such as Mirissa, Hikkaduwa or Weligama – I’d encourage you to have another think and put Ahangama at the top of your Sri Lanka beach bucket list instead. 

So what are the best things to do in Ahangama? Read on below to find out.

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Book on a Surf Camp

Ahangama is most famous for its surfing and booking a Surf Camp is one of the most popular things to do in Ahangama.

With both sandy-bottom and rocky reef surfing spots Ahangama can cater for both learners and intermediate surfers.

This puts Ahangama in a unique position in comparison to other surfing towns in Sri Lanka such as Weligama and Unawatuna.

So, If you’re wondering “Where can I surf in Ahangama?” Some of the best surf camps in Ahangama include: 

Get some work done 

The digital nomad scene in Sri Lanka is on the rise and Ahangama is a great spot to come if you’re looking to meet fellow digital nomads, and of course, get some work done.

There are a few dedicated co-working spaces in Ahangama

These are: 

  • Focus Hub Co-Work 
  • Hari Hari 
  • Coworksurf
  • Nomads Coworking
  • Cafe Ceylon 

My personal favourite was Focus Hub Co-Work. This is located in the centre of town and they also do great food and even better coffee!

Pool day at Dreamsea 

Dreamsea is one of the only places in Ahangama that will let you use its swimming pool even if you are not a guest at the hotel.

As long as you buy at least a coffee (or other kind of drink), you’ll be able to spend your day here chilling by the pool, reading a book or listening to some tunes. 

Not only that, Dreamsea is located adjacent to Ahangama’s beautiful golden sand beach, so perfect for those who love to alternate between pool dips and sea swims.

Oh and it’s also home to a palm tree swing, so you can get yourself some of those instragrammable shots!

Enjoy a Saturday session at The Lighthouse

Head down to The Lighthouse at the weekend for good tunes, good vibes and a good time. Every Saturday The Lighthouse will host a “sunset session” with a BBQ, live DJs and a constant flow of drinks.

This is the place to be on a Saturday so you’ll probably find that most of the travelling community in Ahangama will end up here to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and watch the sun go down.

This is one of the most fun things to do in Ahangama and is not to be missed if you’re in town on a Saturday. 

Admire the Stilt Fisherman

The Stilt Fishermen of Sri Lanka are a cultural icon and some of the most photographed people in the country! Stilt Fishing is a traditional style of fishing in Southern Sri Lanka.

Fishermen perch upon a cross-shaped beam attached to a stilt and wait there (sometimes for hours on end) for their catch of the day. 

Head down to Koggala Beach to watch the fisherman in action.

Head down to Terra Resort

Terra Resort is a newly opened boutique hotel and event space that has some of the coolest events going on in Ahangama.

Whether you want to party at the weekend or get involved in some yoga and ice bath sessions then Terra is the place to be.

They even have their own miniature skate park.

Head over to their Instagram to keep up to date with their events.

Looking for more Sri Lanka inspo? Check out my other guides.

Visit Galle Dutch Fort

No trip to Ahangama, or even Sri Lanka in fact would be complete without a visit to Galle Dutch Fort.

Galle Dutch Fort is one of Sri Lanka’s best-preserved colonial towns which was once used as a trading port for spices and other goods.

Today, it’s best known for its famous lighthouse, colourful streets, and quite surprisingly, its abundance of gelato stores. 

Getting to Galle from Ahangama is a straightforward journey. Galle is just a 30-minute journey from Ahangama and you can get there super cheaply by public bus, tuk-tuk or Taxi.

Make sure to come to Galle to admire the lighthouse, devour some gelato and pick up some seriously cool art from Stick No Bills.

Dance the night away at Trax

On a Friday night, once the sun has set the travelling community in Ahangama will all descend down to Trax for their Friday night party.

Trax is a super cool club that is set in a jungle garden oasis and (as you might have guessed by the name) is located adjacent to one of the train tracks that runs through Ahangama. 

Whether you want to party on the dance floor or just have a few drinks in the garden Trax is the place to be on a Friday.

Trax is best reached via tuk-tuk and all of the local drivers will know where to take you! This is one of the coolest things to do in Ahangama, so if you like a party then don’t miss out!

Party at Doctors House

So, the Doctors’ house is a little bit outside of town to be considered Ahangama (just a little over 30 minutes away in a town called Madiha.

BUT you’ll find that most travellers who are staying in Ahangama will head down to Doctors’ House on a Wednesday night for their famous live DJ sessions. 

Doctors House is a 200-year-old former Dutch Ayurvedic hospital turned hotel, restaurant and music hotspot. If you’re in the area make sure to give Doctors House a visit.

Spend the day at Kai Beach Club

The newly opened Kai Beach Club is located in Weligama, just a short 15-minute drive from Ahangama.

After a chill day by the pool listening to a few drinks with some cocktails?

Then a trip to Kai is a great option.

It’s also located right on the beach if you fancy a dip in the sea.

Get a tattoo

Now I totally understand that this activity is a niche one, however, if you are in the market for a tattoo then you’re in one of the best areas for it.

I highly recommend visiting Tattoo Color U (which, like Doctors House is also located in Madhia).

The owner, Nisal is an extremely talented artist, who I can personally recommend. I came to him with an idea that he totally brought to life and now I have another tattoo that I’m completely in love with.

Book on a cooking class

If you want to immerse yourself further into Sri Lankan culture then booking a cooking class is a great option.

The Deevi cooking experience, hosted by Deevi, is located by Kablana Beach.

Here you will be able to whip up local Sri Lankan delicacies such as string hoppers, kottu rotti and coconut sambal.

If you’re looking for something a little different in Ahangama, then give this a try!

Explore Unawatuna

Just a 15-minute ride from Ahangama lies the town of Unawatuna. Unawatuna is one of the more touristy towns on Sri Lanka’s south coast (which is why I recommend having Ahangama as your base and visiting here for the day).

In Unawatuna, you’ll find cute brunch spots, a turtle sanctuary and the famous Jungle Beach, which is definitely worth a visit.

If you’re up for a little more action and adventure, Unawatuna is also a great place to go scuba diving.

Book on a yoga retreat

Yoga is one of the best things to do in Ahangama for some relaxation and finding inner peace.

There are lots of yoga schools in Ahangama where you can either book 1-off lessons or retreat packages.

Some of the best ones are listed below:

If you’re interested in exploring more yoga retreat options in Ahangama, then you can find more options here.

Eat at all the amazing restaurants

One thing Ahangama is not short of is fantastic places to eat.

One of my favourite things to do in Ahangama was to try all the incredible food it had to offer. 

Some of my favourite places included: 

  • House of Uncle 
  • Cactus 
  • Pickled Pelican 
  • Soul and Surf 

Day trip to Sinharaja Rainforest

Looking to escape the beach for the day?

Why not book a day trip to the Sinharaja Rainforest?

Here you’ll get the chance to admire some of Sri Lanka’s unique flora and fauna and swim in waterfalls.

You’ll also be able to get up close and personal with cool wildlife like monkeys, snakes and chameleons.

Sunday Sessions at House of Uncle

This newly opened restaurant not only serves up delicious food but also hosts a super chilled Sunday night session with a live saxophone player.

House of Uncle is situated right on Ahangama Beach, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy some food, drinks and music whilst you watch the sun go down.

Chill out at Ahangama Beach

Whilst Ahangama beach is small, it’s still so beautiful and a great place to chill out for the day, or even go for a leisurely beach stroll.

It’s also one of the best places to watch the sunset in Ahangama.

You’ll find lots of cool restaurants (mentioned earlier) dotted along the beach, so you can pop in for lunch and cocktails in between sea dips and swims!

Jungle Rave Yin Yang Shack

Head down to Yin Yang shack for some fun in the jungle

Unfortunately, the jungle raves aren’t something that is run super regularly, but if you do manage to time your visit with one of these parties you are in for a very good night!

Not a fan of parties? Not to worry!

You can visit Yin Yang during the day for a spot of coffee whilst you look out over the river!

River Cruise

If you’re looking for something unique to do, then why not book on a river cruise?

On a river cruise through the backwaters of Ahangama, you can expect to see flying foxes, fireflies, monkeys and *maybe* even a crocodile.

It is run by the same people that operate Yin Yang shack, and the captains ‘Mowgli’ and ‘Captain Cool’ have got a bit of a reputation for being some very cheeky chappy’s with a passion for nature, so you’re in for a fun (and informative) ride!

Kabalana Beach

Just a short walk or tuk-tuk ride from Central Ahangama lies Kabalana Beach.

This is a slightly bigger beach than Ahangama with more space to sunbathe, so if you fancy a small change of scenery then this is a good place to come!

Koggala Lake

One of the most unique things to do in Ahangama is to visit the serene Koggala Lake. You can head here to go on a boat safari.

You will get to see some of the local wildlife, as well as take a trip to the famous Cinnamon Island where you can watch the cinnamon being stripped and ground.

Did you know that Sri Lanka is one of the largest cinnamon producers in the world?

Lamana Skatepark

If you want to opt for an alternative to surfing, then why not head down to Lamana Skatepark to give skateboarding a go?

If you don’t fancy taking part, going down to observe is also a super fun activity.

Every Thursday, you’ll also find the best party in town happening at Lamana!

Kathaluwa Temple

If you are a bit of a culture vulture then a trip to Kathaluwa Temple will be right up your street! This is right next to Koggala Lake so could definitely be done on the same trip.

Kathaluwa Temple was first built when the British colonised Sri Lanka back in the 1800’s. The temple is most famous because of the intricate wood murals that can be found in the state house.

Go on a safari at Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park is just a 2-hour drive from Ahangama.

It is the perfect opportunity to see some of Sri Lanka’s finest wildlife, including elephants, crocodiles, water buffalos, and if you’re super lucky, even leopards!

If you are planning a day trip from Ahangama then you can look into booking this trip.

However, if you would prefer to stay in the area for the night then I would recommend getting a taxi to Udawalawe and staying the night at  Lizard Safari Point.

You can book a Safari tour directly through the hotel for just £40 and also get a 3-bed treehouse for just £15 per night (with a huge breakfast included).

This is the option I went for and it was such an incredible experience.

Ahangama FAQ’s

Where is Ahangama located?

Ahangama is a city in Southern Province, Sri Lanka located very close to the famous city of Galle.

Ahangama is just 2.5 hours from the capital of Colombo.

Is Ahangama worth visiting?

Yes, definitely!

I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is, but there is something super special about Ahangama.

As I mentioned earlier in this post it wasn’t love at first sight with Ahangama, but more a place that grew on me.

If I am ever lucky enough to go back to Sri Lanka, I will 100% be going back to Ahangama because I ended up loving it so much!

How to get to Ahangama?

Ahangama is easily accessible by private taxi, train and bus.

For detailed instructions on the different ways to get to Ahangama, you can check out my guide here.

When is the best time to visit Ahangama?

Ahangama encounters its dry season between December and March, making it the ideal time for a visit if you favour hot, sunny days without any rain.

From May to October, Ahangama experiences its rainy season.

During this period, you can anticipate a hot and humid climate, along with frequent torrential downpours.

Undoubtedly, the best time to explore Ahangama is during the dry season. After all, it’s a beach town.

Where can I surf in Ahangama?

Some of the best surfing spots in Ahangama include:

  • Kabalana
  • Dreamsea
  • The Rock
  • Animals
  • Sticks
  • Marshmallows

When is the best time to surf in Ahangama?

The primary surfing season in Ahangama goes from October to May, aligning nicely with the dry season.

For the best swell, you’ll need to visit between December and March.

Where are the best places to stay in Ahangama?

Some of the best places in Ahangama to stay include:

You can read my guide to the best hotels in Ahangama here.

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Happy Exploring

I hope you have a wonderful time uncovering all the best things to do in Ahangama.

If you have any more questions about anything discussed in this blog post, please feel free to reach out!

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  1. Haha, I felt the same way about Ahangama at the beginning: it wasn’t love at first sight but likewise, it grew on me. 🙂

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