The saying goes that if you have not been to the beach resort of Hikkaduwa, you have not been in Sri Lanka. It’s situated 98 kms south of the capital, Colombo. Charter travelers, back packers and F.I.T. s all touch this resort for an exiting beach holiday. Plenty of accommodation at all levels is available here and numerous hotels, snack bars, restaurants offering some of the finest exotic sea food in the island from succulent prawns to giant lobsters can be had for the asking. You name it – it’s served on a platter. The strip of beach is so long that there’s no crowding even at the height of the travel season. Some of the best ocean coral gardens are found here. A trip in a glass-bottomed boat would give you a glimpse of the wonderful coral world. Hikkaduwa is always a fun place, even during the monsoon season when the seas are rough, with the prices dropping and yet inviting in all its ambience of abandon, frolic and frivolity. And of course there’s the perennially irrepressible sea food. A little further south there are two hamlets: Wewala and Narigama just 3kms from the railway station where many independent travelers stay. Beyond Narigama the sea is rather rough but some holiday makers drift south as far as Dodanduwa, just half-way to the next city which is Galle. The activities available at Hikkaduwa are scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming underwater, diving, surfing or any other water sport. But be extra wary of tricky currents when engaged in water sports here as there have been some avoidable drownings when care is thrown to the winds. Good networks of buses and trains get you to Hikkaduwa very easily and in comfort. The annual “Hikka Fest” is a majkor “MUST’ on the itineraries of locals and tourists alike. Hikkaduwa is a must for any beach comber.
Hikkaduwa is fantastic for good swimming, diving and underwater exploration. Hikkaduwa Beach is a pleasant beach to spend time in Swimming Underwater and it is a good base for scuba diving also. Hikkaduwa is Known as a place of sanctuary to ship wrecks and also to turtles (which are usually fairly close to the shore) there are a good variety of dive sites at Hikkaduwa. Here you can find good quality reef formations, underground caves and multi-level rock complexes that serve as refuge to numerous underwater life forms. Hikkaduwa has excellent snorkeling just offshore. Only 200m offshore, in shallow water no more than 4m deep, a reef protects an expanse of brilliant coral populated by vividly colourful reef fish. It is perfect snorkeling territory. Compared with glass bottomed boats that operate from the beach, snorkeling here is an eco-friendly means of enjoyment.
Hikkaduwa is Sri Lanka’s surf center from November to April, and has hosted numerous international competitions. It is particularly good for beginners as the waves are comparatively gentle, most breaking on the reefs rather than the beach. The focus is around the main break, known as the “A-Frame” because of its distinctive apex, in Wewala. At Wewala, there’s good surf for board riders: international surfers flock here Nov to April. Narigama & Thirangama further south the beach widens out into a fine strip for sunbathing providing good waves for body surfing.
Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka
Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka