Hikkaduwa Travel Guide

  • Hikkaduwa Beach - Sri Lanka
    Hikkaduwa Beach - Sri Lanka
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  • Things to Do
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  • Sea shore infront of the Coral Sanctuary
    Sea shore infront of the Coral Sanctuary
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Hikkaduwa Things to Do

  • Natural Moonstone Mine & Gem Palace

    We visited the Natural Moonstone Mine & Gem Palace during our visit to Sri Lanka in March 2014.I thought about building this tip under the "Tourist Trap" category, because that's essentially what it is. We knew how the visit would likely pan out; we'd be shown the mine, told lots of facts about moonstones and other gems, probably get the chance to...

  • Snorkelling at Hikkaduwa

    After booking flights to Colombo for our trip to Sri Lanka in March 2014, our attention then turned to where we would stay.We were keen to find a laid back beach resort where we could spend a few days snorkelling. We had snorkelled in the Maldives a few months earlier and we knew than anywhere in Sri Lanka would likely be a disappointment compared...

  • An interesting little temple.

    I mentioned in my introduction page to Hikkaduwa that it is very much a beach resort orientated place, and it is. I am not really much of a beach bunny and my guide book had very helpfully suggested a temple that might be worth visiting and so that is what I did. The guidebook instructions were not hugely explicit and we had just had a fairly...

  • Madu River cruise.. A MUST

    if you stay in Hikkaduwa.. you have to do this cruise ..cost 3000 RbsLocation... there are many spots on the beach...you can try THE MANGROVE RIVER SAFARI company

  • Snorklling

    Snorkeling is amazing in Kikkaduwa , you will see lots of colorful fishes and the big famous turtle ( almost 120 cm long) if luckyLocation: next to Coral Rock Amaya hotel ( 100 mtr north).. This is the best beach in Hikkaduwa

  • Mambo's Place - these boys are total...

    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...

  • The best Tuktuk driver in Hikkaduwa !

    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...

  • Surf with Mambo's A Frame Surf shop!

    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...

  • Visit the TURTLE FARM

    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...

  • Hikkaduwa Beach

    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...

  • Tsunami memorial

    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...

  • Tsunami remnants

    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.


Hikkaduwa Hotels

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  • Aditya

    719/1 Galle Road, Devenigoda, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Coral Gardens

    It was really a big disappointment. Probably my worst hotel experience in Sri Lanka. I'am not...

  • Coral Sands Hotel

    No.326, Galle Rd, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Hikkaduwa Restaurants

  • Great value, delicious curries and rice!

    Emma and I ate at Home Grown Rice & Curry Restaurant twice during our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.This small, local restaurant is located on the quiet side street of Wewala, just off the main street of Galle Road. I say that it is a quiet side street, and for the most part it is. However, the restaurant is located right next to the railway line...

  • Cool drinks overlooking the beach!

    We visited Dolphin Restaurant for drinks one afternoon during our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.This beachside restaurant is located just a short walk north of the Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa hotel and can be accessed either from the beach or from Galle Road.You can't really miss it if you're walking along the beach; it is 3 storeys high, is painted...

  • Good selection of rotties for lunch

    We stopped off at Red Rabbit Rotty Restaurant for a quick lunch one day during our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.This simple restaurant is located on busy Galle Road, the main street running through Hikkaduwa, on the non-beach side. It was located close to the bus stop from which we were about to catch the local bus to the nearby town of Galle....

  • Delicious homemade vegetarian curries!

    We ate at Bookworm Library Restaurant one evening during our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.We had read the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor; there were only 5 of them – but each and every one gave this restaurant 5 out of 5. They commented on the fact that the curries were homemade, delicious, served in large portions and akin to eating in a family...

  • Sri Lankan breakfast on Galle Road

    We ate at Dasu's Hut on our first morning in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.We had just walked along the beach for the first time and were ready for a late breakfast. Dasu's Hut looked like an inviting place to eat with its upstairs terrace looking out over busy Galle Road.We were met by the owner and shown to an upstairs table (at our request). We had...

  • A decent, friendly little beach place.

    I don't normally eat during the day, especially in the heat of a near equatorial sun as you get in Sri Lanka in January, but for some reason I found myself fancying a snack lunch when I visited Hikkaduwa and wandered into this place which proved to be an excellent choice.I was welcomed in by the delightful manager and shown to a table by the beach,...


Hikkaduwa Nightlife

  • Happy Hour cocktails at sunset!

    Golden Sand Beach Hotel became our favourite spot for drinking cocktails at sunset during our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.This laid back beach hotel, restaurant and bar is located on the beachside of Galle Road and offers a great outdoor seating area overlooking the beach and providing wonderful views of the surfers and the sunset.There are...

  • Sunset drinks overlooking Narigama Beach

    We visited Why Not Guesthouse & Restaurant for sunset drinks on our first evening in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.This laid back establishment is one of numerous that line the vast Narigama Beach. It is an ideal place to sit and watch the surfers riding the waves as the sun goes down. Right outside, on the beach, is a thin rope tied between two wooden...

  • Mambo's Place- best beach party in...

    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...


Hikkaduwa Transportation

  • Buses between Hikkaduwa and Galle

    During our visit to Sri Lanka in March 2014, we stayed in the beach resort of Hikkaduwa on the island's south-west coast, about 2 hours south of Colombo. Whilst there, we were keen to visit the nearby town of Galle, famous for its fort walls and international cricket ground, located about 20km away.We could have hired a tuk tuk to take us there...

  • Taxi from Colombo Airport to Hikkaduwa

    During our visit to Sri Lanka in March 2014, we landed at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport and needed to make our way to our hotel in the south-west beach resort town of Hikkaduwa, some 140km away.We knew from our pre-trip research that we could easily hire a taxi at the airport from one of several companies. We also knew, thanks to the...

  • By train to Hikkaduwa

    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...


Hikkaduwa Warnings and Dangers

  • Careful of the SUNBURN

    Eventhough the sun does not look very strong... IT IS VERY STRONG... if you know that you can get burnt , make sure you use a sunblock cream..

  • Beach Boys / Rasta Boys

    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...

  • Stay far away from Mambos- they are...

    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!)....


Hikkaduwa Tourist Traps

  • Seaweed sellers on the beach

    Each morning during our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014 we saw giant sea turtles in the shallow waters, just a few metres from the shore, on the beach outside the Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa hotel.There would invariably be a crowd of tourists gathered around feeding and stroking the turtles. The tourists enjoyed feeding seaweed to the turtles, and the...

  • Avoid like the plague.

    I was only in Hikaduwa for one day and, frankly, I did not need to waste my time here. This tip will be short, as was my visit. I wandered in, on the suggestion of my guidebook and managed to find a seat at the seafront eating area. Note that I found it, there was no assistance whatsoever from the staff. I sat and waited for a menu. Then I waited...

  • Beach Boys

    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...


Hikkaduwa Off The Beaten Path

  • This really is off the beaten path.

    I have to say that this category of tip here on Virtual Tourist could have been designed for the particular short stroll I am going to describe. I had been to the Gangarama Mahavihara (see separate tip), a Buddhist (and possibly Hindu) temple a short walk from the centre of Hikkaduwa and didn't really fancy walking back down the fairly busy main...

  • Monument to a local legend.

    I really don't want to labour the point and I know that regular readers of my pages here on Virtual Tourst will have heard it ad nauseum but I genuinely do learn so much whilst researching tips for this site. I was wandering through Hikkaduwa one day on a daytrip from Galle en-route to a Buddhist temple I had read about (see separate tip) when I...

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Hikkaduwa Sports & Outdoors

  • by krayZpaving Written Jan 21, 2004

    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

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