Sri Lanka’s beloved holiday destination, Hikkaduwa is the ultimate hub for the international traveller. Requiring a mere two-hour drive from Colombo, Hikkaduwa boasts of golden sands and a friendly shoreline.
The region alone provides for an exqusite holiday. However, there are a few highlights here worth exploring.
Hikkaduwa Marine National Park
Found few a yards away from the Hikkaduwa Beach, the Hikkaduwa Marine National Park is where you can get a glimpse of the marine life of Sri Lanka. To get crystal clear look at the vivid life underwater, there are stalls by the beachside renting snorkelling gear. You can view a variety of coral reef and exotic fish here. If swimming isn’t your preference you can also rent out a glass bottom boat to check this fantastic scene out.
The Sea Turtle Hatchery
A treat for any animal lover, the Sea Turtle Hatchery in Hikkaduwa rescues and rare sea turtles. Found north of the railway station, the hatchery complete with colourful illustrations on its wall is a hard to miss! Though you’re not allowed to dip your hands in to the tank, the trained officer there will hold out a turtle for you to pet.
Seenigama Muhudu Maha Viharaya
An ideal excursion for the culture thirsty traveller, the Seenigama Muhudu Maha Viharaya is located ten minutes away from the Hikkaduwa town. Dedicated to the God Devol, the temple is constructed on a little islet a few yards away from the beach. A visit to the temple is facilitated via a boat ride.
Enhance your cultural experience by visiting the Naga Viharaya. The tranquil temple is ideal for a relaxing stroll. Unlike its simplistic exterior, the interior of the temple is finished with enigmatic sculptures of the sleeping Buddha and more.
Tsunami Community Museum
If you wish to return from your holiday a little more informative, a visit to the Tsunami Community Museum should definitely be included in your travel plan. The graphic images of the devastation caused by the boxing day tsunami in 2004 can be viewed here.