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Hikkaduwa is a small and the most popular beach town in Sri Lanka. It is famous for diving, surfing, board surfing, and other marine sports as well as a nightlife. It developed as a resort town since it has the biggest area of corals in Sri Lanka that attracts many visitors.

Hikkaduwa was originally a hippy hangout place in the 1970’s. At one point it had a nude beach, but later it was abandoned. Now, hippies were gone, but this little town was developed based on the unique history. There are from high-class resort hotels to many guesthouses range around Rs. 1,000 per night.

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  • It is located approx. 111km South of Colombo, and 17km south of Galle.
  • From Columbo, approx. 3 hour by car
  • From Galle, approx. 30 min. by car


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Key Point

  • Water sports
  • The largest corals in Sri Lanka
To do and see
  • Scuba diving

    There are many diving stations including Poseidon Diving Station and Scuba Safari. The diving season is between Novembers to April.

  • Snorkeling

    There is a place called Rocky Island, located 200m offshore. The water is much clear and able to enjoy seeing coral and tropical fish. Tours are usually run by hotels.

  • Surfing, window surfing, body board

    The season is between mid Octobers to mid March. It is one of the few famous surf point.

  • Glass bottom boat

    There are many tours going to the Rocky island.

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