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7 Top Things to do in Hikkaduwa - a wonderful beach destination

Blessed with palm-fringed beaches of golden sand and turquoise waters that break into great waves, Hikkaduwa is a small town towards the south of the island of Sri Lanka. If you are making your way straight from the airport, take a scenic bus ride or train ride to the place. Hikkaduwa is a lively town with cafes, bars, and hotels and has some great nightlife too. The best time to visit would be between November and March.

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Hikkaduwa Beach

Now isn’t this the reason why one would select a tropical destination for the holidays? The Hikkaduwa beach is one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka. The golden sands are so inviting while the warm salty breeze and the wonderful waters keep calling out to you. Soak in a few rays of the sun, enjoy a small swim or even a surf session. What’s unique here is that there are giant turtles that roam the waters close to shore.

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Snorkeling at the coral reef

Snorkelling in Hikkaduwa is a popular activity among many visitors here. Inquire with your boutique hotel in Sri Lanka on where you can borrow some snorkel or diving gear and sign up with a relevant place for a short boat ride to the reef. Plunge into the waters and explore the lovely world underwater.

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Conquer the waves

The waves on the beach here break gorgeously and the swell is ideal for a surf session on the waters. Borrow a surfboard from a shack on the beach or the shops by the road to the beach. Haven’t tried surfing before? Not to worry, there are several places ready to train you and you’ll be on the waves in no time.

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Souvenir shopping

If you are staying at properties like Aditya Resort, step out for a bit and along the Galle road, you will come across many little shops selling little handicrafts here and there. You might want to check out these places if you are planning on buying a souvenir or two to remember your trip to Hikkaduwa.

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Sri Lankan street food

Snorkelling in Hikkaduwa is a popular activity among many visitors here. Inquire with your boutique hotel in Sri Lanka on where you can borrow some snorkel or diving gear and sign up with a relevant place for a short boat ride to the reef. Plunge into the waters and explore the lovely world underwater.

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Visit the Tsunami Museum

The Tsunami that occurred in 2004 hit the world with a wave of shock. Sri Lanka too was among the countries that were affected by this natural disaster and was pretty badly hit. A family-run museum here in Hikkaduwa brings to light ho devastation that these giant waves caused through pictures and memories that have been jotted down.

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Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

One of the most amazing things to see in Hikkaduwa would be too watch the tiny turtles make their way to the vast ocean at twilight! Visit the turtle hatchery and learn more about turtles and maybe volunteer for some of the activities here.

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