Top 7 Things To Do In Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka: Full Guide


Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka is a small coastal town located approximately 100 km south of Colombo.

The best time of year to visit Hikkaduwa Beach is between November and March for the hot summer rays and good surf. Even though this is the peak season for tourists, the prices for accommodation and food are very reasonable.

I recommend spending at least two days in Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka to get a real feel for the area.

In this guide, I have included the 7 Top Things To Do In Hikkaduwa to make sure you get the most out of your visit!

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How To Get To Hikkaduwa?

There are a few options when searching for how to get to Hikkaduwa and they are by private taxi, bus or train.

Taxi from Colombo to Hikkaduwa:

I personally took a private taxi with some friends from Colombo Airport to Hikkaduwa which cost around 8,000 Rupees ($45) total and we split the cost between the four of us.

The drive from Colombo to Hikkaduwa takes around two hours.

There are much cheaper options available to get from Colombo to Hikkaduwa such as the train or the bus which I have listed below, though this journey takes a lot longer.

Bus from Colombo to Hikkaduwa:

Take bus 187 from Colombo Airport to Colombo Fort Central Bus Station for around 100 Rupees.

You will have to transfer buses here and take any bus that is clearly labeled Galle, Tangalle, Matara, or Hikkaduwa which costs around 300 Rupees.

Buses run every fifteen minutes. Just ask the driver to notify you when the bus is about to arrive in Hikkaduwa.

Total journey time: 3-4 hours

Train from Colombo to Hikkaduwa:

Take bus 187 From Colombo Airport to Colombo Fort Railway Station for around 100 Rupees.

You can purchase a 2nd or 3rd class ticket to Hikkaduwa when you arrive at the railway station for around 150 Rupees.

Don’t expect to get a seat on this train as they are generally always packed.

Total journey time: 4-5 hours.

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Top 7 Things To Do In Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa Beach

Explore the white sand beaches and crystal blue waters of one of the best Sri Lanka Beaches, Hikkaduwa Beach. Go for a swim or even find a palm tree to climb!

There are numerous swim spots along the stretch of coastline, many of which have huge turtles swimming around close to shore which is why it is one of the best places to visit in Hikkaduwa.

Snorkeling at Hikkaduwa Coral Reef

Rent a mask and snorkel and take a short boat ride over to the Hikkaduwa coral reef to get a closer look at the underwater world.

There are many tour operators set up on Hikkaduwa beach that can help you organize a Hikkaduwa snorkeling trip.

If snorkeling is not enough, you can also book a scuba diving trip to explore the shipwrecks right off the coast.

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Rent A Surfboard – Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka Surfing

Surf’s Up! Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka is becoming quite a famous surf spot for its clean waves and consistent swell.

If you don’t have your own surfboard you can easily find one to rent from a local surf shack on the beach or from a shop in town.

Surfing the waves here is one of the best things to do in Hikkaduwa!

Railway Adventure

Adventure down the railway tracks of Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka.

Just one block back from the main street is the local railway line where you can dare to get as close as you like to the trains that come hooning past.

When the track is clear, it is a great spot to take photos standing on the railway.

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Hikkaduwa Juice Bar

Quench your thirst at one of the roadside Juice Bars in Hikkaduwa. It is by far the freshest juice I have tasted.

The local fruit market is working around the clock, so you know the fruit is going to be as fresh as it gets.

Gangarama Temple

Visit the Gangarama Maha Vihara Temple, an interesting Buddhist temple that has lots of popular educational paintings that are the work of one man over nearly a decade.

The monks will be very happy to show you around during your visit.

Local Street Food

If you are a foodie then you must indulge in the local roadside roti in Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka.

There are many different roti to choose from, though a personal favorite of mine is the spicy vegetable and egg.

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Where to Stay in Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my favorite places to stay, from Hikkaduwa hostels to the best hotels in Hikkaduwa.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend.

Luxury: Aditya Boutique Hotel

A luxurious 5-star hotel offering spacious air-conditioned rooms, private plunge pools, free wifi, a beauty spa, and an in-house restaurant.

Aditya Boutique Hotel is suitable for families, couples, and even solo travelers.

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Mid Range: Nico Beach Hotel

This 3-star accommodation is situated right down on Hikkaduwa’s beachfront.

Simply furnished, air-conditioned rooms come with a wardrobe, a minibar, a mosquito net, a seating area, and a private bathroom.

Perfect for couples or friends traveling on a budget.


Budget: Neela’s Beach Inn

Centrally located in Hikkaduwa, Neela’s Beach Inn has a shared lounge, a nice restaurant, and free wifi.

The rooms are equipped with a TV, kitchenette, fridge, private bathroom, and air-conditioning.

This place is perfect for solo travelers on a budget if you want to get bang for your buck!

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Final Thoughts – HIKKADUWA BEACH

If you have any questions about what to do in Hikkaduwa, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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12 thoughts on “Top 7 Things To Do In Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka: Full Guide”

  1. Thank you for sharing all this!

    Just a question, what time do the buses start going to Hikkaduwa from Colombo bus station? x

  2. Hi, great little article! I’m currently in a hikkaduwa… can you tell me where the palm tree photo is? Would love to find it on my last day tomorrow!

    • Hey Kelly, just head down to the main beach in Hikkaduwa and walk south along the sand! There are half a dozen spots with bent palm trees along the coast south of Hikkaduwa! Enjoy 🙂

  3. What an amazing and a fascinating place to visit. I really didn’t know much about Sri Lanka but after reading this post I will surely visit one day. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post.


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