Pottuvil is a small town on the East Coast of Sri Lanka, just 2km north of the popular surfing destination Arugam Bay. Pottuvil has roughly 12,000 inhabitants, of which 80% of the local population is Muslim. Built around a main street where all the shops are located, Pottuvil has a closely-knit residential neighborhood that consists of little huts and cottages nestled among comfortable villas and bungalows.
There are 5 banks in the town, where you can change money and traveler’s checks and use ATMs. The town also has a communication centre, a traditional market and several small shops that cater to the local farmers, fishermen and traders. There is also a government hospital, while many doctors also operate private clinics in Pottuvil. Most of the townspeople travel around on bicycles and three-wheelers, while public buses to main areas like Colombo, Matara and Ampara operate from Pottuvil.