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Hikkaduwa Tourism

Hikkaduwa finds itself nuzzled in the Galle district of South Western Sri Lanka, 2 hours away from Colombo. The beaches of Hikkaduwa have been visited since the 1970s for their vibrant nightlife and cuisine. The beaches are a surfer's delight and have a large coral reef, the Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary, which is favourable for scuba diving and snorkelling. 

Hikkaduwa has some of the best scuba diving in Sri Lanka with unique dive sites such as wreck dives and spectacular reef dives. It is also touted to have the second best surfing in Sri Lanka.

The shore is lined up with restaurants, shacks and bars overlooking the sea. Narigama beach, Sea turtle hatching and rescue centre, Tsunami education centre & museum, Gangarama Maha Vihara and the Hikkaduwa national park are the spectacular tourist sights here.

You will find yourself enjoying a chilled cocktail on a deck in Hikkaduwa. Particularly corals, exotic fish and turtles are found aplenty in this resort town. There are numerous surfing schools, guesthouses and a quiet road perfect for long drives here.

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Snorkelling and Scuba Diving in Hikkaduwa

The best time for snorkelling is from November to April, between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM, when the sun is at its peak. The "coral gardens in Hikkaduwa" are an absolute stunner. They host a marine ecosystem consisting of 170 different species of fish. And for those who prefer to stay dry, there are glass bottom boats that will give you a bird's eye view of the ocean. As for Scuba diving, prices scale above LKR 11,500. The are several internationally certified diving schools and dive points (Dull coral point, Goda Gala, Sunil Gala, the Conch) that are according to the level of learning. Water adventures in Sri Lanka are a fun experience with safety as the primary concern.

Local Food in Hikkaduwa

Traditional Sri Lankan food comprises of meat and Vegetables cooked in chilli or coconut sambhol. Their gravies are packed with flavour balancing it by their traditional rice, sticky rice and kottu roti. Amidst the presence of party and bars that hold a mainland ambience restaurants like Asian Jewel boutique hotel, Isira coffee shop and bookworm library restaurant specialise in their homebound cuisine.

Shopping in Hikkaduwa

Local artisans specialise in rosewood, walnut wood and oak. They carve out jewellery, souvenirs and framework. Cane crafts, tea, spices and canvas paintings that embody the Sri Lankan style are perfect gifts and souvenirs. Golden Lanka Tea shop, Galle Gem Exchange and Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio are stores that hold these artefacts.

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What is the best time to visit Hikkaduwa?

December to March is the time to be, in Hikkaduwa. While April presents a temperate - hot climate, rentals are lighter on the pocket around this time. The climate throughout the year averages between 26°C and 30°. During September there won't be too many tourists, and hence you can expect a peaceful time out here. Hikkaduwa beach festival or the infamous Hikki festival is a five day musical galore in July or August. It features local and international DJ's, famous musicians and world-class dancers, making it a perfect event to enjoy with your loved ones. The presence of the coast adds to the humidity in the daily weather, but it is balanced out chilly sea breeze in the nights. All around the year, there are immense opportunities for water sports like diving, surfing and snorkelling. The climate is just another boost to facilitate them.
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What are the things to do in Hikkaduwa?

The top things to do in Hikkaduwa are Hikkaduwa National Park, Hikkaduwa Lake, Akurala Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach, Narigama Beach, Pitiwella Beach. You can see all the places to visit in Hikkaduwa here

What are the places near Hikkaduwa?

The top places near to Hikkaduwa are Galle which is 15 km from Hikkaduwa, Colombo which is located 91 km from Hikkaduwa, Kandy which is located 140 km from Hikkaduwa, Nuwara eliya which is located 117 km from Hikkaduwa, Bentota which is located 33 km from Hikkaduwa

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