Enjoy Hikkaduwa Beach with these Best Things to do
A beach party, or some good old’ fun in the sun? When it comes to all the things to do in Hikkaduwa, there’s much to avail than you can ever count on!
Being one of Sri Lanka’s finest beaches, the Hikkaduwa beach has been positively acclaimed to be one of the go-to spots in terms of outdoor activities in comparison to numerous other beaches along the Southern coastline here in the island. From its famous coral reef sanctuary to its annual beach festivals, this stretch of shore is as bountiful in terms of recreation as can ever be!
That’s right, and henceforth there’s no doubt that Hikkaduwa is one of the most popular beach destinations in Sri Lanka, paying homage to the country’s star-class resort chains such as the Amaya Rock, Chaaya Tranz, Cinnamon Garden and the Coral Sands Hotel. With oh so much to indulge in here at Hikka (as we admiringly like to refer to it in short) during your Sri Lanka Holidays, feel free to take a break and fall into the lap of luxury as you unwind all your woes away!
Located approximately 114km from Colombo and easily accessible via the Southern Expressway in under 1 hour and 45 minutes by road, numerous trains and buses operate between these two major cities if you’re keen on getting economical and resorting to public transport for your trip. Once here, expect more than mere sunny beaches and drooping palmyrahs; Hikkaduwa is a fishing village by origin and it’s never surprising to witness local fishermen hard at work on any given day, along with a number of Buddhist temples out of which the Seenigama Vihara is renowned to be the most eye-catching, what with its solitude over a distant island and the folklore that surrounds it!
Out of the many things to do, here are a few of Hikkaduwa’s major tourist attractions that you can conveniently be a part of under a budget:
1. The Hikkaduwa Coral Gardens
The highlight of Hikkaduwa as of yet! Regarded as a coral sanctuary, this shallow reef that spans up to 5 metres in depth bears habitat to a myriad of underwater flora and fauna, out of which its corals give much resplendent awe to whosoever comes for a look! Glass-bottomed boat rides are available, making this activity great for families and for both young and old alike.
2. Water sports
But of course, where there’s a beach, there are water sports right? Indeed, and water sports in Hikkaduwa are no exception to this rule either! Exclusively famous for scuba diving and snorkelling in Sri Lanka, November to April presents a peak season to do so as the monsoons have receded by then and skies are sunny and clear. What’s more, numerous PADI certified diving schools around the township offer easy to learn courses at affordable prices!
The most enjoyable option you can settle for in order to obtain a closer glimpse of the colourful coral sanctuary, scuba diving/snorkelling can account to be one of the best things to do in Hikkaduwa overall! For those of you who are more experienced, getting up close around one of the many shipwrecks in the area is much intriguing too! Two notable sunken ships from the mid to late 19th centuries, The Earl of Shaftesbury and The Rangoon are popular dive sites to bring out the explorer in you!
That’s not all, though – several other water sporting activities such as surfing is equally in trend as well, with up to 4 breaks available during peak season. Surf boards can be conveniently rented from any water sports centre to make the most of the waves while here.
3. Turtle farms and hatcheries
While taking a glass-bottomed boat ride can delight one with the marine life that is in store at the coral sanctuary, visiting a turtle hatchery is another one of the things to do in Hikkaduwa that is further bound to spark the animal lover in you!
As turtles have now arisen to be threatened into extinction, many villagers around the Hikkaduwa area are encouraged to trade in these eggs in return for payment at these conservation centres. As they’re carefully attended to till they hatch (it takes anywhere between 50 to 60 days until they do, after burying them in the sand once again), they are further fended for within the premises of the hatchery till they’re mature enough to be left free into the open sea. Therefore with a nominal fee, one can get the opportunity to witness baby turtles shortly after they’ve hatched dive into their tanks as they swim for food, and even touch them! A hit with kids especially, adults are assured to feel equally delighted and inspired too!
4. Canoe rides along the Hikkaduwa Lake
While glass-bottomed boat rides are ever so popular and commonplace, the serene Hikkaduwa Lake offers canoe rides that are splendid for couples and those who simply wish to spend a few undisturbed moments amidst the tranquil natural habitat herewith. With numerous aerial species flocking in, this lake truly is an ornithologist’s paradise, along with monitor lizards and monkeys making random appearances every now and then.
Prawn fishing is routine here at this freshwater lake, and if you’re present at the right timing, you may even get to catch a glimpse of fishermen casting their nets out into the water with hopes of a bountiful catch!
5. Or simply make the most of the sunshine, sand and waves!
The beautifully sun-kissed shores of Hikkaduwa are what make this famous as a holiday destination in Sri Lanka. Therefore, doing something as minimalistic as playing a game of volleyball or basking under the warmth of the sunlight to give your complexion that lustrous bronze glow is in itself one of the most enjoyable things to do in Hikkaduwa!
If partying is on your mind, then head over to any one of the nightclubs to enjoy a few catchy beats, or sit back and relax with a cocktail and a friend to share some soulful conversation with at a pub as the waves kiss your feet.
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