Coordinates: 6°8′50″N 80°6′37″E / 6.14722°N 80.11028°E / 6.14722; 80.11028
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Hikkaduwa beach, photographed in July 2010
Hikkaduwa beach, photographed in July 2010
Hikkaduwa is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°8′50″N 80°6′37″E / 6.14722°N 80.11028°E / 6.14722; 80.11028
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceSouthern Province
DistrictGalle District
AreasSri Lankan town
Tourist area
BeachesHikkaduwa Beach
Narigama Beach
 • Total101,342
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
Postal Code

Hikkaduwa is a coastal town in south-west of Sri Lanka. It's a world famous beach holiday destination,[2] well known for its scenic beaches [1], coral reef sanctuary, surfing and nightlife.[3]

Hikkaduwa might be the most popular surf spot on the Sri Lankan south-west coast.[4]

Located in the Galle District, Hikkaduwa is divided into three main areas (from north to south) : the Sri Lankan town, then the very lively tourist area, then the upmarket area[5][6]Thiranagama.


In the sixties, many hippies came to live in Hikkaduwa which was nicknamed Hippiduwa.[7]

Its economy was based on fishing and coconut cultivation, which was replaced by tourism when its golden sandy beaches were widely discovered in the 1960s.

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami affected Hikkaduwa along with many nearby villages.


Located in the Southern Province, Hikkaduwa is about 17 km (11 mi) north-west of Galle and 98 km (61 mi) south of Colombo.

Hikkaduwa is divided into three main areas (from north to south):

  • the town (with associated public infrastructure, including bus stand, harbour, and railway station)
  • the tourist area, with numerous hotels and restaurants
  • Thiranagama, the upscale area,[8][9] where the only 5-star hotels in the Hikkaduwa district are located (Riff Hotel[10] and Haritha Villas[11]).



Hikkaduwa is a popular surf spot on the Sri Lankan south-west coast.[12]

It attracts thousands of surfers between October/November and March/April.[13][14] There are:[15] shallow sand-bottomed waves, A-frame sections, harbourside waves, mellow whitewash to practice the pop, and fast left-hander waves.

Coral Sanctuary[edit]

The Hikkaduwa National Park was the first marine sanctuary to be established in Sri Lanka. It has approximately seventy varieties [2] of multi-coloured corals.

In 2023, the Wildlife Conservation Department started to restore the coral reef.[16] Live coral washed ashore with the waves are planted on coconut shell-shaped cement blocks dropped and nursed in the medium-deep seabed of Hikkaduwa.

Hikkaduwa Beach[edit]

Australians say that Hikkaduwa Beach is Sri Lanka's version of Kuta Beach (Bali).[17]

Narigama Beach and Thiranagama Beach[edit]

Extends for 3 km (1.9 mi) towards the south, in a broad and continuous sandy beach, this wide beach is calm [18] with some luxury hotels[19] and a few quality restaurants.[20] There also are several surf stops there.[21]

Tsunami Honganji Viharaya (Big Buddha Statue)[edit]

The Big Buddha Statue is 30 m (98 ft) high. It is a replica of the 6th-century Buddhas of Bamiyan destroyed by Taliban in Afghanistan. It was created using the earliest known sketches of the statue.[22] It was built in remembrance of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami victims[23] and to protect the people from harm.[24]

Hikkaduwa Beach Festival[edit]

Held between July/August, this five day festival attracts thousands of locals and foreign nationals.[25] It features both local and international professional DJ's, famous musicians and world class dancers.[26]


The jungle around Hikkaduwa is rich in biodiversity. It is home to the purple-faced langur, an endangered and endemic monkey. Over sixty species of endemic birds, including herons, sandpipers, terns, egrets, and kingfishers, as well as rarer species such as the lesser whistling duck, the Asian palm swift, the white-breasted waterhen, the black bittern and Loten's sunbird.

Beneath the Indian Ocean lies a number of coral reefs, shipwrecks, and a great variety of fish and turtles. The turtles still wade onto the shore to lay their nests and eggs.

In the early 1980s, Arthur C. Clarke played a key role in persuading the government to declare Hikkaduwa a marine sanctuary.


Hikkaduwa is located on the Coastal or Southern Rail Line (connecting Colombo through to Matara). It is also located on the A2 highway, connecting Colombo to Wellawaya.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hikkaduwa Post Office - Sri Lanka Postal Codes". Mohanjith. Archived from the original on 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  2. ^ Leo Land Travels
  3. ^ "Insider's Guide To Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka: Surf, Sharks & Epic Parties". Eats & Retreats Guide. 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2023-12-21.
  4. ^ The Surf Atlas
  5. ^ Suite Lanka
  6. ^ Thiranagama GN
  7. ^ "Sri Lanka".
  8. ^ The Times
  9. ^ https://www.suitelanka.com/hikkaduwa/
  10. ^ 10 Best 5-Star Hotels In Sri Lanka
  11. ^ The Asia Collective
  12. ^ The Surf Atlas
  13. ^ The Surf Atlas
  14. ^ "Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka | Truly Sri Lanka | Visit Hikkaduwa". Truly Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2023-12-21.
  15. ^ The Surf Atlas
  16. ^ "Dept of Wildlife steps into restore coral reefs in Hikkaduwa". Times Online. Retrieved 2023-12-21.
  17. ^ Tulloch, Lee (2023-06-09). "Why you should visit this undersold, teardrop-shaped island right now". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2023-12-21.
  18. ^ GoodHotelsSriLanka.com
  19. ^ AtEaseHotel.com.
  20. ^ AtEaseHotel.com.
  21. ^ Trickyfish.net
  22. ^ https://amazinglanka.com/wp/tsunami-honganji-viharaya/
  23. ^ "Sri Lanka".
  24. ^ "Tsunami Honganji Vihara Hikkaduwa | Temple". Truly Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2023-12-21.
  25. ^ Leo Land Travels
  26. ^ Leo Land Travels
  27. ^ https://www.reddit.com/r/srilanka/comments/11intnl/apparently_ryan_reynolds_favorite_filming/
  28. ^ Arthur C. Clarke official site

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