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Things to do in Hikkaduwa – A Magical Experience in the Beach Town

Hikkaduwa was once popular for the 'coral gardens'. Now, it is a fully fledged tourist destination complete with great hotels, attractions and fun activities to enjoy.

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Surfing

Surfing

Surfing is highly popular in Hikkaduwa. The beach, located about 98 kilometres from Colombo is one of the first Sri Lankan beaches to gain tourist attention. Today, the coastal town of Hikkaduwa is a famous destination for a variety of water sports including surfing. There are many services providers who will provide travellers with surfboards and other necessary gear for the sport. If you are staying at one of the top notch Sri Lanka beach hotels such as the Heritance Ahungalla, you may be able to rent the gear from the hotel as well.

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See the corals

See the corals

The corals were once the biggest tourist draw in Hikkaduwa. Today, it is one of the many attractions in the beach town but no less sought after. The corals are located a little way off the beach. Visitors may rent one of the famous glass bottomed boats or to dive and snorkel to catch a glimpse of the lovely underwater gardens.

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Visit the turtle hatchery

Visit the turtle hatchery

If you are in Hikkaduwa, don't forget to pay a visit to the small private Turtle Research Centre. This establishment is located on the beach, just about 2 kilometres to the north of the town. The Turtle Research Centre is an inspired organization that works hard to protect endangered sea turtles. Visitors can explore the life cycle of the turtle, the hatching process and if the time is right, even partake in turtle hatchling release sessions. The Turtle Research Centre is a great place to learn more about the importance of conserving the endangered sea turtles and the many ways in which travellers can contribute to the cause.

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Explore the Seenigama Vihara Temple

Explore the Seenigama Vihara Temple

The Seenigama Vihara Temple is located a few kilometres to the north of Hikkaduwa Town. You can simply take a tuk tuk and visit the fascinating historical temple. The beautiful temple is quite a sight on its beautiful island location. Once inside, the temple will provide many learning opportunities into Sri Lanka's religious heritage and of course, an incredible view.

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Relax

Relax

Hikkaduwa is the perfect destination for relaxation. The beautiful beach is filled with great secluded spots where you can spread out a blanket and catch up on your favourite summer bestsellers. Don't forget to take a walk along the coastline as the sun sets and to find a prime viewing spot to watch the sun dip below the ocean. The ocean is not only great for adrenaline pumping water sports but also for a leisurely swim or for gentle wading at sunset. Another great way to relax is to try some of the popular Ayurveda treatments. If you are feeling jetlagged, tired, sore from adventurous activities or from a day in the tropical sun, an Ayurveda treatment is the perfect way to relax and let all those ailment disappear away. There are many top notch Ayurveda massage parlours in the town as well as in the major hotels.