Once a sleepy fishing village frequented by die hard surf fans and dominated by hippie culture, Hikkaduwa is now one of the country's most popular beach destinations among young travellers. Set amidst a bustling sprawl of hotels, guest houses, pubs and bars, Hikkaduwa beach offers an upbeat environment with plenty of entertainment and nightlife. Pub culture is the norm here and the beach really comes alive in July or August when an annual three day beachfest is held featuring international DJs pounding out the tracks to keep hundreds of revellers entertained. Its old ties to surfing are not lost, with the sport still popular and many rental outfits provide necessary gear. The reef offshore offers excellent snorkeling and diving, but if you prefer to keep your feet dry then an excursion in a glass bottomed boat would be the best option. 

Things to do in Hikkaduwa:

* Hikkaduwa Beach

* Hikkaduwa Coral Reef

* Mangrove Boat Tour

* Diving

* Surfing

* Night Life

* Batik shopping

* Tsunami Honganji Vihara

Best time to visit Hikkaduwa is from December to April & also during the off season months between June to September

Distance and travel times from Hikkaduwa to some key cities; 

Distance from Hikkaduwa to Galle is about 23 km and travel time is 30 minutes

Distance from Hikkaduwa to Colombo is about 117 km and travel time is 1.5 to 2 hours.

Distance from Hikkaduwa to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is about 147 km and travel time is 2.5 to 3 hours.

Distance from Hikkaduwa to Kandy is about 215 km and travel time is 4.0 to 4.5 hours

For any other location you can use the distance calculator on the side bar.

Written by Vasika Udurawane for TLC.lk

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