With so much to do in one beach town and such close proximity to Colombo, it’s no wonder that Hikkaduwa has gained such popularity across travellers of all interests. This beach town brings together the best of surf, seafood, sunbathing and Rasta vibes to make the perfect tropical beach holiday.
Hikkaduwa has been a famous surf spot since the 1970s, drawing in many surfers from around the world. Its easy breaks make it one of the best places for beginners, young and old, to practice in a comfortable environment before moving on to bigger breaks. Many a Hikkaduwa resort will have great access to surf lessons
You’ll find all manner of accommodation here; rustic homestays, hostels, mid-range hotels and luxury boutique and star class hotels like Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon, for example.
Hikkaduwa has it all in terms of local and global cuisines – this is one of the best places on Sri Lanka’s coast for a foodie. A surf holiday here will work up a big appetite, and you’ll find everything you need to satisfy it; plenty of vegetarian and vegan-friendly cafes, coffee shops, burger and pasta shacks, seafood and of course Sri Lankan rice and curry or the infamous roti shops will not disappoint.
Turtles and Underwater Treasure Troves
Beyond the sand and surf, Hikkaduwa’s reef makes it one of best spots on the south coast for dives, snorkelling, boat rides, deep-sea fishing, and the town has a number of turtle hatcheries that help conserve the eggs of nesting sea turtles.