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Land of the Lotus Eaters – Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing

Land of the Lotus Eaters – Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing

By Juliet Coombe

“By means of microscopic observation and astronomical projection the lotus flower can become the foundation for an entire theory of the universe and an agent whereby we may perceive Truth.” – Yukio Mishima

Arugam Bay is a lot more than surf, sand and sea. Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing is a great boutique base to discover not just when the surf is up, but also explore the temples lost in the sands of time, and dishes from the lake, with Appu Hami a 64-year-old village elder, as gnarled as the jungle trees, eyes like hawks and with a lifetime of stories to tell.

Arugum famous for lotus
Arugum famous for lotus

Before any trek he advocates eating healthy indigenous vegetables, including 7 different types of yams and two types of Lotus Plants, from the lakes, famed for their beautiful water lilies. Lotus is good for the heart it seems, diabetes, Buddhist offerings, facial rubs and other things that bring a sparkle to his eyes. At Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing you can even learn to cook them first hand in one of their on request cooking lessons.

Arugam traditional rice and curry
Arugam traditional rice and curry

The Nittawo local pigmy population vanished further into the jungles and the ancient ruins of a civilisation older than the ancient Kings also disappeared as old hand cut tracks grew over and only people with jungle knowledge knew where to find the wildlife. Arugam, by Yala, is famed for its jungle honey and Kudumbigala 16 cave complex and temples they say even now have buried treasure. So go on join the lotus eaters and stay at Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing.