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Hikkaduwa is a beach town on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, between the villages Thotagamuwa and Thiranagama. 20 km south you find the city of Galle. A small part of the beach is a Marine National Park, Hikkaduwa National Park.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Hikkaduwa is on the A2 highway, connecting Colombo to Wellawaya, which runs mostly parallel to the shore, through the town.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is north of Colombo. A taxi or driver from Colombo can cost Rs 7,000-12,000, and can be arranged through your accommodation or various other tour companies.

By bus[edit]

Buses run frequently to Galle and further south east along the coast. It is possible to embark the bus at the bus station in Hikkaduwa but also along the road, at bus stops. Buses to/from Galle cost roughly Rs 50 and takes 40-50 minutes, whereas a tuk-tuk will cost you around Rs 2,000 and take 30-40 minutes. The buses might be very crowded, and you could have to stand up for the entire journey, however a bus ride gives you plenty of opportunities to mingle with the locals.

By rail[edit]

Hikkaduwa is on the Coastal or Southern Rail Line (connecting Colombo through to Matara).

  • 1 Hikkaduwa Railway Station, Colombo-Galle Road, +94 091-2277271. From Colombo Rs 190 2nd class, Rs 105 3rd class.

Get around[edit]

The beach side main road is flat but gets a bit hilly going inland so a bicycle is a good way to get around if you can find one. Otherwise just walk or there are plenty of tuk tuks around.


  • 1 Tsunami Photo museums, Peraliya (near the site of the so called Tsunami Train). Very graphic photos of the aftermath of the devastating tsunami waves. Free to enter but accepts donations.
  • Sunsets. The beach looks out west so sunsets can be enjoyed here.
  • 2 Hikkaduwa National Park (just off beach). Marine park. Lots of colorful fish and odd turtle, small reef shark and moray eel. Coral reef badly damaged but kind of recovering. Beach in front of Beer Garden is excellent access point. Hikkaduwa National Park (Q5760601) on Wikidata Hikkaduwa National Park on Wikipedia


  • 1 Turtle Feeding. Feed turtles seaweed with local supervision.
  • 2 Madu River boat safari.
  • 3 Snorkeling (opposite Beer Garden). See lots of fish, small reef sharks just of the beach in marine park.
  • Surfing. Very popular place to surf. A good place for beginners to find lessons or to rent a board, see several small surfers beach huts just in front of Sea Salt Society. 1hr board rental $3 plus $12 for 1hr lesson.
  • 4 Sea Turtle Hatchery & Rescue Center, +94 077 293 8338. 9AM-6PM daily (Apr-Jul for nesting season). Five turtle species are hatched here: Olive Ridley Turtle, Leatherback Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, and Green Turtle. Rs 1000.



  • 1 Chami's Place, inland just over the railway line, +94 77 314 1478. 8AM-11PM. A great place to meet other travellers over meals, drinks and card games. The staff are really friendly and helpful. They also run a hostel with private rooms and dorms and rent bicycles. Free drinking water refills.
  • Salty Swamis (on the main street, opposite of Club Vibration). 8AM-3PM food, 8AM-4PM drinks. Surfing themed and very popular among tourists and rightly so, on the main strip, but away from the noise of traffic. Quieter towards closing time. Try the "Prawn Taco", and a "Peanut Butter Nutella Milkshake" for dessert. Staff is a mix of locals and foreigners. They also serve great coffee. Their various breakfasts are excellent.



There are plenty of accommodation options along the beach.


Go next[edit]

South east, nearby to Hikkaduwa:

  • Thiranagama
  • Dodanduwa

South east, farther :


  • Bentota is a beach town halfway to Colombo.
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