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

  • Sandagiri Ayurveda Centre

    Took a 3 hours therapy session for five days continuously. And the feeling is great. Our package included (1) A full body massage (2) Shirodhara (3) Herbal steam bath (4) Facial treatment Sri lankan massage is not a new thing for us. me and my friends tried in an another place but it wasnt much...

  • Truly amazing sri lankan ayurveda...

    Took a 3 hours therapy session for five days continuously. And the feeling is great. Our package included (1) A full body massage (2) Shirodhara (3) Herbal steam bath (4) Facial treatmentSri lankan massage is not a new thing for us. me and my friends tried in an another place but it wasnt much...

  • Seenigama Vihara Temple

    Seenigama Vihara Temple was the final stop on our day-long tuk tuk tour of Hikkaduwa and the surrounding region in March 2014. It is located just a few kilometres north of Hikkaduwa, close to Peraliya and Telwatta.There is a temple building by the roadside (we could have removed our flip flops and gone inside had we so wished), lots of colourful...

  • Tsunami Photo Museum

    The coastline around Hikkaduwa was particularly badly hit by the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami on 26th December 2004.During our visit to Hikkaduwa in March 2014, we paid a short visit to the Tsunami Photo Museum, which is located in Telwatta, just a few kilometers north of Hikkaduwa.It is a simple, but very moving and emotionally charged,...

  • Tsunami Memorial (Buddha Statue)

    On 26th December 2004, the village of Peraliya, just to the north of Hikkaduwa, suffered the devastating effects of the Indian Ocean Tsunami.The Colombo to Galle train, with between 1,000 and 2,000 passengers on board, was passing through Peraliya at the time that the wave hit land. With the train tracks being only a few hundred metres from the...

  • Tuk tuk tour of the local region

    During our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014, we were keen to see the sights in the local region. We decided that hiring a tuk tuk and a driver with local knowledge would be a good way to achieve this.One morning, during breakfast, we mentioned to one of the hotel's staff that we would like to hire a tuk tuk and driver for a day. Within minutes, he...

  • Ayurveda treatments

    The main street of Hikkaduwa, Galle Road, is lined with dozens of Ayurveda treatment centres. These clinics offer a wide range of treatments, baths and massages.During our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014, Emma and I decided to indulge in a bit of pampering. We'd spent the last few days snorkelling with turtles, swimming in the warm Indian Ocean and...

  • 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


Hikkaduwa Hotels

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  • Aditya

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 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: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Hikkaduwa Restaurants

  • A basic rotty restaurant on Galle Road

    When Emma and I weren't eating curry and rice in Hikkaduwa (during our visit in March 2014), we could often be found snacking on rotties.This is how we came to find ourselves in Delight Rotty Shop, an unpretentious little rotty restaurant close to our hotel on the busy Galle Road.It was a small and basic restaurant. The sole outdoor table, beneath...

  • Drinks and desserts by the beach

    We paid a brief visit to JLH Beach Restaurant one afternoon during our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.This beach bar and restaurant was located just a short walk along the beach from the hotel that we were staying at (Appolo Hotel).As such, it offered similar views to those of our hotel restaurant; a thin stretch of sand, tall palm trees and the...

  • Delicious local curries in huge...

    We ate at Moonlight Restaurant on Galle Road one evening during our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.Like many of the restaurants on Galle Road, the busy main street running through Hikkaduwa, Moonlight Restaurant offered a Sri Lanka Special Rice & Curry menu, as well as an extensive range of other meat and seafood dishes.We sat at a table in the...

  • Sub-standard quality and poor value for...

    We stayed at the Appolo Hotel during our visit to Hikkaduwa in March 2014. Each morning we would enjoy breakfast in the hotel's beachfront restaurant. It was a nice setting; a thin stretch of sand, swaying palm trees and the occasional sighting of a sea turtle popping its head up between the waves.Whenever we walked through the restaurant on the...

  • Evening drinks...and hoppers for...

    Cool Spot is a simple restaurant located on Galle Road, the main street running through Hikkaduwa. It is located directly opposite the grand Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa Hotel.Emma and I would often sit in the airy upstairs dining room in an evening, sipping soft drinks and watching the world go by, during our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014. We could...

  • Drinks at Narigama Beach

    Drunken Monkey Bar is the beachside bar and restaurant of the International Beach Hotel. It enjoys a great location on the vast, sandy Narigama Beach in Hikkaduwa.It offers outdoor seating on the beach, is surrounded by palm trees and bills itself as the best place to watch the sunset. This latter claim is shared by the dozens of other similar...


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

  • Taxi from Hikkaduwa to Colombo

    At the end of our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014, we needed to travel north to a hotel in Colombo's Bambalapitiya district.We ruled out public transport on the basis that the trains were too infrequent (and very slow) and the thought of taking our luggage on an overcrowded (and also slow) bus wasn't very appealing.It would have to be a taxi.We had...

  • 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...


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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