Things To Do In Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka is a small coastal town approximately 100km south of Colombo. The best time of year to visit Hikkaduwa Beach is between November and March for the hot summer rays and good surf. Although this is the peak season for tourists, the prices for accommodation and food are very reasonable.


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There are 3 options on how to get from Colombo to Hikkaduwa and that is by Private Taxi, Train or Bus.

The most convenient is a private taxi, directly from the airport, that takes 1.5 hours for approximately $80 and they will drop you straight to the doorstep of your hotel.

The train or bus options means having to get a taxi from the airport to the bus station or the train station in Colombo and then transferring to head south to Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka. This option is cheaper though the travel time is a lot longer, around 3-4 hours.

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1. Hikkaduwa Beach

Explore the white sand beaches and crystal blue waters of one of the best Sri Lanka Beaches, Hikkaduwa Beach. Go for a swim or even find a palm tree to climb! There are numerous swim spots along the stretch of coastline, many of which have huge turtles swimming around close to shore which is why it is one of the best places to visit in Hikkaduwa.

2. Snorkelling at Hikkaduwa Coral Reef

Rent a mask and snorkel and take a short boat ride over to the Hikkaduwa coral reef to get a closer look at the underwater world. There are many tour operators set up on Hikkaduwa beach that can help you organise a Hikkaduwa snorkeling trip. If snorkelling is not enough, you can also book a scuba diving trip to explore the shipwrecks right off the coast.

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3. Rent A Surfboard – Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka Surfing

Surf’s Up! Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka is becoming quite a famous surf spot for its clean waves and consistent swell. If you don’t have your own surfboard you can easily find one to rent from a local surf shack on the beach or from a shop in town. This was one of my favourite things to do in Hikkaduwa.

4. Railway Adventure

Adventure down the railway tracks of Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka. Just one block back from the main street is the local railway line where you can dare to get as close as you like to the trains that come hooning past. When the track is clear, it is a great spot to take photos standing on the railway.

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5. Juice Bar

Quench your thirst at one of the road side Juice Bars. It is by far the freshest juice I have tasted. The local fruit market is working around the clock, so you know the fruit is going to be as fresh as it gets. Definitely add this to your list of things to do in Hikkaduwa.

6. Gangarama Temple

Visit the Gangarama Maha Vihara Temple. This interesting Buddhist temple has lots of popular educational paintings that are the work of one man over nearly a decade. The monks will be very happy to show you around.

7. Local Street Food

If you are a foodie then you must indulge in the local road side roti in Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka. There are many different roti’s to choose from, though a personal favourite of mine is the spicy vegetable and egg.

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Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay, from Hikkaduwa hostels to the best hotels in Hikkaduwa. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Aditya Boutique Hotel

Mid Range: Nico Beach Hotel

Budget: Yonal Homestay

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If you are in Sri Lanka on a self-guided adventure, be sure to check out my 2 Week Sri Lanka Itinerary to help you with planning your trip around this wonderful country.

I would recommend spending 2-3 days in Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka to get a real feel for the area! I hope you have enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions on what to do in Hikkaduwa, please leave me a comment below!



  1. July 18, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    What an amazing and a fascinating place to visit. I really didn’t know much about Sri Lanka but after reading this post I will surely visit one day. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post.

    • Jonny Melon
      July 19, 2018 / 2:05 am

      You’re welcome! Sri Lanka is beautiful and a must-see destination!

  2. November 19, 2018 / 10:38 am

    Pretty place to visit sri lanka, Good One , Thanks for sharing

    • Jonny Melon
      November 20, 2018 / 2:05 am

      Glad you loved it!

  3. Kelly
    March 13, 2019 / 4:09 pm

    Hi, great little article! I’m currently in a hikkaduwa… can you tell me where the palm tree photo is? Would love to find it on my last day tomorrow!

    • Jonny Melon
      March 13, 2019 / 5:08 pm

      Hey Kelly, just head down to the main beach in Hikkaduwa and walk south along the sand! There are half a dozen spots with bent palm trees along the coast south of Hikkaduwa! Enjoy 🙂

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