Hikkaduwa is a popular beach town located on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka, approximately 98 kilometers south of the capital city, Colombo. Discovered in the early 1960’s Hikkaduwa saw tourists from across the globe flooding the city. It is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a laid-back atmosphere, and is an ideal base to explore the southern coast of Colombo. From gorgeous beaches, turtle encounters, boat safaris, coral reefs, historical remnants and a lively atmosphere, everything is available within a short drive from Hikkaduwa beach.

1.      Picturesque Beaches

Hikkaduwa’s main attraction is its picturesque beaches. The sandy shores are fringed with palm trees and offer opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. Hikkaduwa Beach is also recognized for its nightlife and is a standout amongst the most visited spot of the vacationers in Sri Lanka. Water sports such as surfing and snorkeling activities, relishing fish curries at the eateries near the beach, and the gorgeous beach itself are some of the things tourists look forward to in Hikkaduwa.

Popular Hikkaduwa beaches

The sandy shores of Akurala beach coral reefs and clear water present a perfect beach experience. The seas run slow, and the dive is shallow, making it delightful for a swim. Fisherfolk have stalls selling freshly cooked fish marinated in spices that are an ode to Sri Lanka, as well as their infamous dried fish.

Narigama beach offers serenity at its best; the mornings are quiet with a pleasant view of the sunrise and a few minutes before sunset it gets breezy, with picturesque orange skies overlooking the sea. There are hammocks, live seafood counters, drinks to keep you cozy under the sun and friendly locals to guide you through in Narigama.

2.      Marine Life on Hikkaduwa Beach

Turtle Beach in Hikkaduwa is popular for turtle-spotting and spending time with the turtles. This location is perfect for closely witnessing marine life. In fact, tourists have the opportunity to spot turtles offshore when they come out to lay eggs. Diving, snorkeling, and surfing activities are also a known attraction here.

Hikkaduwa National Park is a protected marine area that is home to a variety of colorful coral species and marine life, including tropical fish, sea turtles, and even shipwrecks. Hikkaduwa is also home to turtle conservation projects where you can learn about and even participate in efforts to protect sea turtles and their nesting sites.

3.      Surf In Style when on Hikkaduwa Beach

Hikkaduwa beach is also known for its surfing, especially during the surf season from November to March. The waves can be ideal for both beginners and experienced surfers. There are a number of local breaks and waves can be 3ft to 10ft when they are working.

  • Benny’s – left hander, reef break – works well over 6ft and for experienced surfers
  • Main Reef – left and right handers – deep reef so relatively safe
  • North Jetty – long lefts, reef break by the harbour wall
  • Beach Break – sand and reef shore break – safe and great for beginners

4.      Exciting tourist life

Hikkaduwa has a vibrant nightlife scene with numerous beachfront bars, clubs, and restaurants where you can enjoy live music, dance, and socialize with other travelers. The town offers a wide range of accommodation options, including hotels, guesthouses, and beachfront resorts, catering to various budgets. Hikkaduwa is known for its seafood. You can find a variety of fresh seafood dishes at the local restaurants. Sri Lankan cuisine, which includes curries and rice, is also widely available. The market scene in Hikkaduwa is bustling with shops for souvenirs, local handicrafts, clothing, and more. The markets are a great place to experience the local culture and find unique items.

5.      Opportunity to explore many nearby attractions

Many wellness centers and spas in Hikkaduwa offer traditional Ayurvedic treatments, massages, and yoga classes for those looking to relax and rejuvenate. For those who are interested in exploring historical attractions, the Galle Fort – a historic UNESCO World Heritage site – is just a short drive away. The nearby beach towns of Unawatuna and Mirissa are also lively and popular coastal destinations that are worth a visit. Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is a widely known activity to explore the big marine life in the seas of the Indian Ocean.

How to include Hikkaduwa beach in your Sri Lanka tour itinerary?

Just get in touch with Travel Treasures Sri Lanka and we will help plan your holiday in Sri Lanka. We will include the Hikkaduwa beach and nearby attractions you can visit while enjoying the nightlife, seafood and also catering to accommodation that suits your budget!