Hikkaduwa is a small coastal town situated in the south of Sri Lanka just 17km north west of Galle. What was once a sleepy and unassuming fishing village is now a vibrant international tourist destination.
Watersports are very popular and surfers flock from far and wide to take advantage of the year round warm waters and consistent swells. It is also the home to the annual National Championship of the Japanese Pro Surfers Association. Divers too enjoy the warm waters as well as the abundant tropical fish and large number of of ship wrecks. Some dive operators even offer day trips up to the wrecks of Galle for a great day out.
Those wanting to see some of the area’s most popular marine life but would rather not get their feet wet should visit the nearby Kosgoda Turtle Sanctuary. They opened in 1988 and have been tirelessly monitoring sea turtle activity and protecting the local nesting sites. Whenever a batch is born they keep a few back to help give them a head start in survival before releasing them. Every year they release around 10’000 hatchlings into the sea.
Hikkaduwa is also a great place to pick up inexpensive custom made clothing due to the amount of tailors in the area.
If you are planning a Hikkaduwa holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Hikkaduwa Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Hikkaduwa.