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Hikkaduwa is a small coastal town with a beach that stretches for approximately 2 kilometers. The long beach, which is lined with hotels, restaurants, cafes, sun loungers, and parasols, is ideal for strolls.

Hikkaduwa is a popular beach destination for sunbathing, scuba diving, and surfing. It is one of Sri Lanka’s best surfing destinations, with jetties, reefs, and beach breaks.

Again, it is one of the best spots on the island for a picture-perfect scene of sea, sand, and sun.

Hikkaduwa Marine National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s three marine national parks, is a few minutes boat ride away from the offshore.

Hikkaduwa Beach Fest, also known as the Hikka Fest, is probably the largest beach festival on the island, taking place over 5 days in July or August each year.

Between November and April is the best time of year for snorkeling.

Additional information

Nearby Attractions


  • Galle Dutch Fort

The Galle Dutch Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was originally erected in the 16th century by the Portuguese.

Distance: 19 Km

  • Madu River

The Madu Ganga river estuary is a complex coastal ecosystem protected by the International Ramsar Convention. Madu Ganga is Sri Lanka’s biggest preserved mangrove swamp, and it is home to a variety of fish and reptile species. Good for Boat Rides.

Distance: 27 Km

  • Japanese Peace Pagoda

Nichidatsu Fujii, a Japanese Buddhist monk, dedicated his life in 1947 to building Peace Pagodas across the globe as symbols of peace. Over 80 Peace Pagodas have been constructed across the world, including in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Distance: 22 Km

  • Jungle Beach

It’s a lovely bay tucked in a wooded region that’s popular for day trips.

Distance: 22 Km

  • Unawatuna Beach

The beach is surrounded by a double reef, which reduces the impact of the waves of the Indian Ocean, making it excellent for safe swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Distance: 24 Km

The most popular nearby attraction: Galle Dutch Fort (20 Km)


within 10 Km

Star Classified Hotels- Yes

Boutique Hotels- Yes

Resorts- No

International Chain Hotels- No

Ayurvedic Hotels- Yes

Villas- Yes

Eco Hotels- Yes

Camping- No

Unclassified Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities


CMB Airport- 142 Km (travel time: 2hrs 15min)

Colombo City- 116 Km (travel time: 2hrs 15min)

Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 265 Km (travel time: 4hrs 50min)

Anuradhapura Ancient City- 302 Km (travel time: 5hrs 20min)

Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 313 Km (travel time: 5hrs 40min)

Kandy City- 213 Km (travel time: 4hrs 10min)

Galle Dutch Fort- 20 Km (travel time: 30min)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time

November to April


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