About Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa has been a tourist hotspot since the 1970s. And with its golden beaches, blue waters and plenty of places to explore, we can see why!

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About Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Found on Sri Lanka's south coast, this little town is known for its surfing, tourism and active nightlife.

Though it was affected by the 2004 tsunami, it’s come back fighting and is a beautiful destination to visit. If you're interested in this part of the town's history, head to the Community Tsunami Museum to find out more.

The area is more than just a pretty beach—there are plenty of places of religious and historical interest, too. At low tide, you can walk out to a small island that houses the Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya temple—a site definitely worth seeing.

The entire region of Hikkaduwa is a conservation area. The marine park was declared a national park in 2002, and there are several coral and turtle sanctuaries in the area. Hopefully, this means that Hikkaduwa will remain a top tourist spot for years to come.

What to do in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

One of the best things to do in Hikkaduwa is go to the beach. The hot golden sand is washed by the cool waters and provides a perfect backdrop for your vacation.

For nature lovers, head to the turtle hatcheries and see what locals are doing to ensure the survival of these beautiful creatures.

If you want to know a bit more about the local culture, visit the Tsunami Honganji Vihara—an 18-meter-high statue of Buddha that faces out to sea to ward off future Tsunamis. It's an extremely powerful and emotive place.

For a more lighthearted adventure, visit the Natural Moonstone Mine and create your own jewelry while you're there. These act as great souvenirs, and you'll learn a lot too!

Top travel tips for Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

To get to Hikkaduwa, just jump on the Coastal or Southern Rail Line. Or, you can drive down the A2 highway. Everything's in walking distance, so don't worry about renting a car.

The town has lots of tailors who’ll make custom clothes just for you. Support local businesses and get a brand-new outfit while you're there.

Board-surfers also love it here. So why not give it a go during your stay?

Though some say it has lost some of its original charm, Hikkaduwa is still the perfect spot for a relaxing beach vacation. Simply find your rental property on FlipKey and get your trip off to a great start.