Hikkaduwa is a small coastal town situated in the south of Sri Lanka just 17km northwest 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 also 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.Read More
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.
For those looking to learn a bit about the history of this city, the Tsunami Museum is a fascinating, yet tragic reminder of the very recent disaster that ravaged the island. First hand memories accompanied by photographs and drawings make up much of the interior. Hikkaduwa is also a great place to pick up beautiful and 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:
Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa
Named after the popular music genre that can be heard in and around Hikkaduwa, the Chaaya Tranz Resort reopened last year after being completely refurbished to a very high standard. Comfortable rooms are designed with recycled wood, polished tiled floors, and cane furniture. A number of interesting amenities are present including a cigar lounge, wine cellar and innovative art wall, where aspiring amateur artists can present their work. Perfectly located right on the beach in Hikkaduwa near the south west tip of Sri Lanka.
Citrus Hikkaduwa Hikkaduwa
Sat right on the beach, Citrus Hikkaduwa is a tastefully decorated comfortable hotel. Guest rooms are simple decorated with calming tones, all have a private balcony or terrace and classic en suite facilities. Meals and drinks are served at a number of restaurants including Lemon Fish and Summer Salt - the perfect place to grab a bite or relax with a refreshing beverage after a long day sun bathing! Located right on the beach in the charming town of Hikkaduwa.
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.