A lively and active beach town
A sunny and sandy Sri lankan beach resort.
Bottom line: if you want to sleep with one of the Sri Lanka surfers at Mambo's (eww), stay here. If you are just in Hikkaduwa to surf or make friends, stay far, far away. If you're a dude, these guys will hassle you, not matter how nice you are to them!When I first read about territorial beach boys at Mambos, I figured it was just a few disgruntled...more
I was in Hikkaduwa on march 2011. this is my second time to Hikkaduwa, so I wanted to see what else it has to offer besides the beach. by a chance I met Ajith, the cutest tuktuk driver in sri lanka!!!ajith is a simple, honest sri lankan (and the only one with purple tuktuk), he knows the area very good and took me for a good 1 day trip, in cheap...more
I have just returned from a fantastic 10days being looked after by Mambo and the boys from A frame surf shop. They were well natured boys with a passion for surfing who are all creating a supportive environment for Sri Lankan Tourism. Out of all the places i have surfed i found here to be the least territoral and the local boys were nothing but...more
On the beach about 2 kms north of Hikkaduwa is a very small private Turtle Research Center, which works to protect this endangered species. Turtle eggs selected for hatching & progressive stages of the development of turtles can be seen here. Eggs are collected or bought from local villagers and buried in the sand hatchery. If there is a lot o...more
Hikkaduwa has a beautiful beach, it is sandy and very wide, when we were there it was pretty clean too.It is a great beach for chilling on with a book, and strolling along during the day and early evening, but the sea here is very rough and not ideal for a gentle dip.You will find a few of the hostels and a couple of the shops on the main road hire...more
The most tragic memorial proving the disastrous power of the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka is the train that was destroyed by the gigantic wave with a lot of casualties. The original train stands in Hikkaduwa train station as a tragic memorial to those lost. Concidering the weight and dimensions of such train one can realize the size of the...more
Standing like ghosts some buildings are live proof of the disastrous power of the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka and in more dense the coastal town of Hikkaduwa. Luckily a lot of reconstruction has been made by foreign aid so one year later when I was there very little reminded of this huge catastrophe.more
Hikkaduwa was my last stop before departing Sri Lanka. I had a short walk in this coastal town. I was rather unimpressed seeing how nowadays the beach has been limited in a thin strip of sand overshadowed by buildings. And this strip of sand was filled with tourists (most commonly drinking beer) and all sorts of boats for water sports. Not tranquil...more
This is my favourite picture and view from Hikkaduwa. It's a typical Sri Lankan Beach scene with Tall Coconut trees bending towards the Indian ocean and having Pine Apple trees growing under neath them. I never saw Pine Apples growing on Pine Apples tree ever in my life before this day ! I wish i had got my hands on of them ;-)more
Coral Sanctuary is the main attraction of Hikkaduwa. A lot of tourist come here for enjoying this Natural Beauty. A couple of hundred meters from the shore there is a rocky area, which is also visible from Corel Garden hotel, is a large shallow area enclosed by the reef. To reach the shore from where you can swim to this reef is just a mins walk...more
Hikkaduwa is 98 Km's south of Colombo and it is doubtlessly one of the most famous beach spot in Sri Lanka. There is an equally varied choice of Beach and Sea for tourists. Coral for snorkellers, waves for body and board surfers and good wide strip of sand, backed by cafes if u just want to sit back and relax feeling the sea breeze and the Sea.more
719/1 Galle Road, Devenigoda, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Good for: Solo
It was really a big disappointment. Probably my worst hotel experience in Sri Lanka. I'am not...more
Galle Road Thiranagama Hikkaduwa SRI LANKA, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
The Hotel Francis Restaurant and Bar is along the main road in Hikkaduwa and serves tasty food in clean surroundings at reasonable prices.It's speciality is seafood and it has several specials on offer daily - just see the board by the entrance.I had a fish dish and my husband ordered chicken and both were tasty enough. Service was a little on the...more
Refresh Restaurant is quite expensive by Hikkaduwa standards, but is worth the extra money in my opinion as the food is good and the beach location is nice too.The restaurant has several sections which are modernly decorated and the speciality is seafood. Staff are friendly and service is quite quick by Sri Lankan standards.I had the Chicken...more
Managed by a Sri Lankan family, this beach shack has amazing sea side views. They incurred considerable damage to their property due to the Tsunami, but have rebuilt it again. The also rent surfboards and snorkelling equipment. On the other side of the restro that opens up on the main road, they also have an antiques, and jems and jewellery store....more
I have just returned from a fantastic 10days being looked after by Mambo and the boys from A frame surf shop. They were well natured boys with a passion for surfing who are all creating a supportive environment for Sri Lankan Tourism.
Its true that they do know how to have a good time and put on a good party, they also know how to treat western women. And all the women i met enjoyed spending time at Mambos place. Many of Mambos boys have western wives or girlfriends so ladies, you can feel safe going here and knowing you wont be harassed or made to feel uncomfortable. Gentlemen is all you'll find.
There is usually a good mix of house, dub and sometimes regge music, great lighting and lots of energy. This place has a fantastic vibe so if you want a good night on the beach - head down to Mambos.
Cheers to Mambo and the boys and the future of Sri Lankan surf!
keep your hearts and minds open
take advice, but most of all seek for yourselves
Dress Code: beach wear
You can reach Hikkaduwa from Galle by means of train and buses apart from private vehicle. Trains are very cheap in Sri Lanka though slow and poorly maintained. Nevertheless it's the best option to witness a bit of everyday life being among local passengers.The trip from Galle to Hikkaduwa was a rather short ride. Bare though in mind that train...more
Hikkaduwa Bus Station is the entrance point for most of the travellers to Hikkaduwa. There are good bus connection to Colombo, Galle & all other cities in on the way to Colombo. The Bus takes 90 to 100 Srilankan Rs. and 4 hours to reach Colombo. I would suggest you to take a Bus instead of a Train. Train was so slow and not comfortable at all.more
201 Reviews and Opinions
Rusta Boys are guys who do nothing the whole day, they are just dependant on what they can get from tourists ( i.e. what is known as Gangsters or Losers)you will find these guys mostly on the beach.. trying to be nice to you or scare you... but they all have one target.. to get your money...you just have to simply ignore them.. do not start a...more
When I first read about these territorial beach boys at mambos, I figured it was just a few disgruntled guys that they didn't get to score with a girl. But all of these negative reviews about the beach boys at Mambo's are 100 percent true. These Mambo's boys are total tools, and they are extremely territorial about girls and waves (mostly girls!)....more
These guys will have the fillings from your teeth. They are con men and shoud be avoided at all costs, by simply saying no. Sometimes this needs back up of saying it several times, but avoid them. They are constantly talking about the tsunami and how it has financially crippled them, but this is not the case, a lot of people from nations who they are trying to rip off helped them, they just want more. Dont ask the beach restaurant owners to help you, they wont tell them to go away and are just as bad. Buddes Beach Bar (added 1000rps to our bill) and Blue Note hotel (Waiter asked for operation money) are prime examples of this, with even the waiters doing the same. If you want a massage, souveniers or anything they sell, go to the shops or centres and buy there.
Along the main road they also walk as well. For example, we paid 1600rps for some Aloe Vera Oil, then 2 days later saw the exact bottle in the super market for 150rps.
You will hear stories of needing rupees for operations for their mother or children, health care is free; 1% of cases need private referrals. You will be invited for lunch at their houses, this is a trap, the kids will be coughing and looking ill and you will end up paying more than a restaurant for your meal.
Simple solution is dont start a conversation. They ask where you are from, what work you do and where you are staying. Not to be friendly, just weigh up your financial situation. Tell them you are unemployed and from Russia is some advice given to us. Once contact is made they will not leave you alone, i had 5 of them sitting on my lounger at one stage.
Keep cigarettes hidden, they just help themselves.
Unique Suggestions: Just say no to them. I said "i work hard in the UK and rarely see my girlfriend, so i want to make the most of my holiday" this reduced the harrasment to once every three days instead of three times a day.
Fun Alternatives: Find a hotel where you can use the pool, with out cost, just buying some lunch there.
Poseidon Dive Station in Hikkaduwa is the oldest one in Sri Lanka.
The diving in the area is great, and the atmosphere in the Dive Station is one of the best I've ever encountered - the staff are all really really friendly, etc.
Equipment: You can rent your diving kit there