The SpaceA nice, quiet place to wind down in Pottuvil near Arugam bay, for those looking to catch waves, but not drown in tourism. The price is for a double room with attached bathroom. There are 3 more rooms.
Eddi's is a 10 year-old place, built to accommodate guests on the 1.5 acres of land that's been in Eddi's family for over 100 years. It's a good-looking, simple home, with 4 rooms sharing a nice veranda that overlooks the garden filled with mango, coconut and kohomba trees. A good spot to camp down and learn how to surf, for those who like to stay away from the more touristy Arugam Bay itself. Interaction with GuestsWhen we met Eddi (a.k.a. Mister Silva), he welcomed us how we ll like to be welcomed, with a cold drink and a smile. A 63 year-old pensioner, Eddi speaks English well enough to have a real conversation and find out all about his past as a Pradeshiya Sabha minister and owner of a rice mill that produced for the Colombo market. Presently, he lives in a separate home next to the guesthouse, together with his lovely wife. Being the proud owner of a van, he can arrange transport upon request. The NeighborhoodThe Arugam Bay - Pottuvil area has seen a dramatic increase in tourism over the last few years. Long known among surfers as Sri Lanka’s go-to surf destination, it was only after 2010 that tourists started flooding in. Don’t worry, this is still Eastern Sri Lanka, so Starbucks and Burger King are nowhere near, but especially Arugam Bay, with it’s wide range of hotels, restaurants, bars and a small but serious surfer scene, really developed into a traveller boomtown. You’ll see the fishing boats and surfers everywhere. Nearby Pottuvil is slowly catching up, which is great for those who like the surf, but have heard Bob Marley before. Most people visit between April and October, but this part of Sri Lanka has much more to offer, such as the 2000 year-old Muhudu Maha Viharaya Temple and the famous National Parks of Yala, Gal Oya and Kumana.
Eddi’s itself is located some 300 metres from Pottuvil town, not far from the main Batticaloa-Pottuvil Road, which is the main way to get in and out if the region.