In antiquity, Sri Lanka was known to travellers by a variety of names; in India as Lanka or Sinhala, ancient Greek geographers called it Taprobane and Arabs referred to it as Serendib (the origin of the word “serendipity”) Ceilão, the name given to Sri Lanka by the Portuguese when they arrived in 1505, Then it was transliterated into English as Ceylon. As a British crown colony, the island was known as Ceylon. It achieved independence as the Dominion of Ceylon in 1948 Geographically It is in the Indian Ocean southwest of the Bay of Bengal, between latitudes 5°and 10°N, and longitudes 79° and 82°E. Sri Lanka is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait.

Hikkaduwa Beach

Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. It is located in the Southern Province, about 17 km north-west of Galle. Hikkaduwa is famous for its beach, surfing, corals and night life.
The place is on the way from Colombo to Galle on the famous Galle road. It is primarily a tourist destination, and serves as a great beach with options to surf, snorkel and enjoy the sun.


Hikkaduwa, situated 98 km south of Colombo, has been a favourite destination with international surfers for three decades. Because it also attracts non-surfers, this fishing village has a comprehensive and well-developed tourist infrastructure, such as a bewildering number of guesthouses – including many situated on the beachfront – and a cosmopolitan array of estaurants and cafes. Being good value for money as well, it is little wonder that Hikkaduwa has been as popular for as long.

Coral Reef

Hikkaduwa coral reef is a typical shallow fringing reef with an average depth of around 5 metres (16 ft).[2] The coral reef reduces the coastal erosion and forms a natural breakwater.[1] The coast of the national park extends four km. Generally the coast is narrow, ranging from 5-50 m according to the climatic conditions of the year. Scuba diving is a popular recreation here.

Bars & Restaurants

Hikkaduwa’s position on the west coast ensures that there is plenty of wonderful fresh seafood, such as lobsters, prawns and crab, and dishes usually include coconut.Hikkaduwa also has good German and other European food due to the high number of European residents to the area.

Seenigama Devalaya

Historical Sri Devol Maha Devolalya is the only devolaya that is located in the middle of the sea. From Colombo, South bound on Galle road, pass by 61 post, one can see the breathtaking island mass of the Devol Devalaya. In Galle district, Rathgama Seat, Hikkaduwa divisional secretariat, is where historically and culturally highly valued Devol situated. Many of the Island Believers are attracted to this scared ground.

Hikkaduwa Turtle Farm

On the beach about 2 km north of Hikkaduwa is a small private turtle research center, which works to protect the endangered turtle species. Turtle eggs selected for hatching & progressive stages of the development of turtles can be seen here. Eggs are collected or bought from local villagers and buried in the sand hatchery.

Hikkaduwa Harbour

The Hikkaduwa harbour, a natural harbour is a popular tourist destination. The harbour is used by fishermen who travel early in the morning and return with abundant catch. Visitors could experience how fish are caught and even buy fish fresh from the sea. The spectacular sight of stilt fishermen close to dusk is also a sight not to be missed.

Hikkaduwa Mask Factory

Close to Hikkaduwa, in Ambalangoda is a popular masks factory. They specialise in making traditional Sri Lankan masks carved from wood. Masks from this factory are used for many parades, plays, and other traditional activities. The skill of the mask makers here are unmatched by any other mask maker in the country.

Handicraft at Hikkaduwa

Different types of handicrafts are available in Hikkaduwa;woodcarvings, silver wear, brass castings, ceramic ware, bamboo products, pottery, batiks, lace works, cane works, costume, jewelry, lacquer ware, wooden masks, coir goods, handlooms, ivory products

Whale Watching in Mirissa

From Hikks villa to Mirissa is 45 minute drive, where the excursion commence. The boat excursion starts from Mirissa Fisheries Harbour around 6.30am and the guests/travellers need to be there by 30minutes before. Sri Lanka is famouse for blue whale sightings and Dolphins