Hikkaduwa - Sri Lanka
Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. It is located in the Southern Province, about 17 km north-west of Galle and approximately 100km south of the country's capital, Colombo. Hikkaduwa is famous for its beach, surfing, corals sanctuary, scuba diving sites, and vibrant night life.
Eating and Drinking in Hikkaduwa
There are a number of restaurants located in Hikkaduwa, providing a vast range of foods. A sample of venues includes;
Night Life in Hikkaduwa
Hikkaduwa has a number of popular beachside nightclubs, which also become the focus of a lot of daytime surfer activity.
Vibrations - Friday Nights Only, Excellent Atmosphere with live Drumming at 12am
Beach Activities at Hikkaduwa
With its unique beach culture, Hikkaduwa has long been the most popular diving and surfing area in Sri Lanka. In the centre of Hikkaduwa, a lagoon also creates a beautiful and safe snorkelling area. Further south, where the currents are stronger, surfing is the dominant water activity. The impressive coral reef runs just offshore and is populated by exotic fish and sea turtles that come ashore on this beach to lay their eggs.
The sea currents around Hikkaduwa can be very strong and can make swimming quite dangerous at times. Parents with young children should be particularly aware of this. Fortunately, Hikkaduwa is located onto a safe beach for swimming in the sea, or you could take a trip to the Coral Sanctuary at Hikkaduwa or go down the coast to Unawatuna instead.
Hikkaduwa has diverse range of diving spots nearby and there is an abundance of marine life and dive sites to suit all levels of experience. Big groupers, barracudas, moray eels, dogtooth tunas, manta rays, lobsters & turtles are often to be seen just off the coast at Hikkaduwa. A large number of wrecks have floundered off the coast in this area over the years, adding to the range of dive sites available. The diving season in the Sri Lankan south west runs from November to April and there are a number of well-established diving centers from which to choose with Blue Deep being one of the best.
Hikkaduwa is a renowned surfing destination on the international circuit and annually attracts surfers from all over the world. There are plenty of good surfing points and although most of them are reef breaks, none of them are risky since they all have a flat deep bottom. The wave size ranges up to 3 metres during the season. The main point, known as the main reef has 'A-frame' shaped waves, which can be surfed in both directions.
Hikkaduwa Sunday Market
The Sunday market is a fantastic way to see Hikkaduwa's local life come alive along with fresh produce and local delicacy. This is a not to be missed activity, held every Sunday in Hikkaduwa town this market is bustling with activity and a really enjoyable outing.