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When it’s bitterly cold in the countries of the Northern Hemisphere, it is the perfect time for a beach holiday in Hikkaduwa, situated on the south west coast, about 100km south of the capital Colombo. The season comes from November to April. In the first place Hikkaduwa is a suitable destination for nightlife, although there is also a selection of very nice hotels and guesthouses in quieter areas of this beach resort. It’s a laid-back beach resort with accommodation on all levels, from hostels, bed & breakfast, guesthouses, surf hostels to 4 star hotels. Hikkaduwa is a typical resort destination, which means that it is mostly chosen as a relaxing final stage of a round tour across the island or as a beach destination. Historically it is not a hotspot, although the historic Galle Fort , about 25km south of Hikkaduwa, is a great place to wander around in this old fortified place, see some interesting sites and enjoy a delicious lunch, dinner, coffee, cool beer or sip your favourite cocktail in a historic lounge in the Fort.

Basically the spinal of Hikkaduwa where most of the cafes, restaurants and hotels are is the main road between Colombo and Galle. Prices for food, snacks, beer and soft drinks are very reasonable to cheap. For a good meal they charge you about Rps 1,000 to 1,500 (2014), which is the equivalent of Euro 7,- to Euro 10,-.

A disadvantage of Hikkaduwais the heavy traffic and the many buses which are usually driving too fast, so be careful! Hikkaduwa is a typical seasonal beach resort; during the off season the place is a bit desolated. Then, hotels and guesthouses take the opportunity to refurbish their places; at that time there is more rain due to the monsoon period and the sea too dangerous to bath.

History of Hikkaduwa as a beach resort

Originally a hippie destination, Hikkaduwa is attracting a wider audience nowadays. The time of flower power and smoking hashish on the beach with like- minded is over. However, marihuana is still being offered by local beach boys -being called ‘ganja’ - but trading and using drugs is still strictly forbidden in Sri Lanka. Despite the focus on a wider audience, there is still a bit of a backpackers’ mood in Hikkaduwa and the offer of accommodation consists mainly on smaller guesthouses, run by locals.

Beaches

Hikkaduwa has a wide and 3km long soft golden sandy beach with space in abundance to enjoy a nice sun and sea bath, while at the same time having your privacy; it is certainly not a fully packed beach with tourists lying body to body like sardines, even not during the high season. The busiest month is December, particularly around Christmas and New Year. There are parties all over the place during the season, especially during the weekends, when the place is also busy with locals.

There are in fact three beaches, starting from the bus stand southwards. Firstly there is the Hikkaduwa Beach with a number of big hotels with many facilities. Several of them are named starting with ‘Coral’, indicating that they are situated immediately on the coastal area with the coral reef offshore.

After the Chaaya Hotel is the long and wide Wewala Beach with numerous guesthouses and restaurants along the beach, as well along the main road; the beach continues further down and is then called Narigama Beach, becoming less crowded, but still with lots of small guesthouses. All these guesthouses, shops, small restaurants and bars are typical for Hikkaduwa and makes it such a popular backpacker’s destination and different from, for instance Bentota, which mainly consists of big resort hotels.There are hardly any tall buildings in Hikkaduwa, which gives the town a bit of a village characterized place.

Hikkaduwa Beach Festival

Fun lovers come to Hikkduwa to join the ‘Hikkaduwa Beach Festival’, annually being held during a weekend at the end of July or the beginning of August. It’s a nonstop party time with many activities for young and old on the beach; grandparents, youth, children and toddlers can have a wonderful time in the big event, which is being attended by both locals and foreigners. International and local famous DJ’s, musicians and dancers are being invited for this 24 hours grand event, which should be attended when you are around Hikkaduwa.

Beaches

Hikkaduwa has a wide and 3km long soft golden sandy beach with space in abundance to enjoy a nice sun and sea bath, while at the same time having your privacy; it is certainly not a fully packed beach with tourists lying body to body like sardines, even not during the high season. The busiest month is December, particularly around Christmas and New Year. There are parties all over the place during the season, especially during the weekends, when the place is also busy with locals.

There are in fact three beaches, starting from the bus stand southwards. Firstly there is the Hikkaduwa Beach with a number of big hotels with many facilities. Several of them are named starting with ‘Coral’, indicating that they are situated immediately on the coastal area with the coral reef offshore.

After the Chaaya Hotel is the long and wide Wewala Beach with numerous guesthouses and restaurants along the beach, as well along the main road; the beach continues further down and is then called Narigama Beach, becoming less crowded, but still with lots of small guesthouses. All these guesthouses, shops, small restaurants and bars are typical for Hikkaduwa and makes it such a popular backpacker’s destination and different from, for instance Bentota, which mainly consists of big resort hotels.There are hardly any tall buildings in Hikkaduwa, which gives the town a bit of a village characterized place.

Hikkaduwa Beach Festival

Fun lovers come to Hikkduwa to join the ‘Hikkaduwa Beach Festival’, annually being held during a weekend at the end of July or the beginning of August. It’s a nonstop party time with many activities for young and old on the beach; grandparents, youth, children and toddlers can have a wonderful time in the big event, which is being attended by both locals and foreigners. International and local famous DJ’s, musicians and dancers are being invited for this 24 hours grand event, which should be attended when you are around Hikkaduwa.