Bustling beachside cafes and colorful souvenir shops together with a healthy dose of sun, surf and sand is what Hikkaduwa is all about. Sri Lanka’s most popular beach destination in the south coast, it’s hard to believe that this vibrant beach town was only a simple fishing village in the past. The star attraction, however, is the reef and coral gardens that run parallel to the shore, only a few meters below the azure waters of Hikkaduwa. It can easily be explored by snorkeling or in a glass-bottomed boat for the less adventurous.
There are several wrecks that make for an interesting diving expedition too. With its perfect weather all year around, bohemian-esque culture and sun kissed beaches, Hikkaduwa offers everything you would want from a beach destination, from sunbathing to water sports and much more. Besides being a beach lover’s tropical paradise, Hikkaduwa is also home to other timeless attractions, making it one of the most visited tourist hotspots in the island.