It is situated in the southern coastal town of Hikkaduwa, 17 kilo meters from Galle and 98 kilometers from Colombo and is one of the best Sri Lanka beaches that tourists visit often as the town is full of life and the sea is relaxing and beautiful.
Accommodation shouldn’t be a problem because there are many hotels, guesthouses and best beach resorts in Sri Lanka found in this area. The town is also well known for its night life and is one of the main reasons it attracts so many tourists. It hosts many parties, raves, concerts, events and festivals so make sure to attend at least one during your stay.
It is an internationally recognized place for surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and boating. It has the only coral sanctuary of the Island, thus making up for an ideal snorkeling destination, the Hikkaduwa National Park which is a marine national park of a depth of five meters is situated in the northern end of the seaside and is home to important aquatic life of the country. There are many shops around to rent out snorkeling gear. Because it is well known for its coral gardens there are many glass bottomed boats to rent for a ride, especially if you don’t wish to get yourself wet. The best times to visit is November to April for a clearer view. Get your GoPro ready and head on to this seaside as soon as you can and try to spot the five kinds of angel fish and twelve kinds of butterfly fish if you can. There are many surfing instructors and classes around this area that can help you to learn if you don’t know how to surf. Popular diving sites around the area include Kiralagala, Godagala and Black Coral point.
There are many sites around this seaside to observe such as Gangarama Maha Vihara, which has paintings drawn over many years and Seenigama Vihara Temple located in an island. Two kilo meters inland from the seaside there is the Hikkaduwa Lake where you can take a boat ride to observe all the exotic birds and lizards. There is also the Moon stones mine which you can visit and a shop nearby to get a souvenir.
The golden sands and the cool sapphire blue ocean of the Hikkaduwa beach makes it a very welcoming spot for everyone. There are many turtles in this stretch of sea which swims very close to the shore and you might even be able to feed them some sea weed. If you want to see more visit the Turtle Farm and Hatchery only two kilo meters away from the town.
This place was left devastated by the Tsunami that hit the Island in 2004, and in remembrance of this disaster there is the Tsunami Photo Museum in Telwatta just a few kilo meters north of Hikkaduwa, make sure to pay a visit and appreciate the place for what it is today.
This is a place that will complete your journey to the country, so enjoy the stay.
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