05 best things to do in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Hikkaduwa is one of the most famous tourist hotspots in Sri Lanka and it’s a whole load of fun under the sun not only with the vast array of water sports and activities on offer, but also for the sheer beauty and tranquility of its pristine beaches. There’s always something to do in Hikkaduwa and we guarantee that there will never be a dull moment; the perfect destination for a Sri Lanka beach holiday! Add a dash of Cinnamon to make it all the more comfortable and luxurious by booking your stay at Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon.

If you’re wondering how to reach Hikkaduwa? Fear not! It is conveniently situated around 100kms away from Colombo and you can easily reach your destination either by hiring a taxi or a car. Better yet? Give Sri Lanka’s inexpensive public transport a try. Hop on a bus or a train that will take you directly to Hikkaduwa where you can enjoy its sun, sand and azure waters.

Here are some things to do in Hikkaduwa, that must not be missed:

1. It’s all about the fish

Whale Watching- It would be a crime to visit Hikkaduwa and miss out on a whale watching adventure. Hop on a boat and traverse into the deep blue sea where the whales roam freely. Catch a glimpse of majestic sea creatures such as the Blue whale and the Sperm whale in their own habitat. An added bonus would be to witness the hundreds of dolphins swimming and dancing around your boat.

Stilt Fishing- Have you ever wondered how the fishermen on stilts balance in order to catch some mackerel or herring for a living? Well, here’s your chance to give it a try! Learn from the best, observe them and take your Instagram worthy photographs of this one of a kind experience.
stilt fishing

These experiences can be booked with ease at Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon.

2. Hikkaduwa attractions not to be missed

National Coral Reef Sanctuary- Dive into Sri Lanka’s first natural marine sanctuary to be amazed by the abundance of colour and life of the Hikkaduwa reef. If you are not inclined to get wet, hop on a glass-bottomed-boat to enjoy the reef in your own comfort zone. You are guaranteed the best view as the water over the reef is only 3 or 4 meters deep.

Moonstone Mines- Have you ever wondered how that beautiful moonstone got on your jewelry? Here’s your chance! Get an insight into the world of mining and guess what? Entrance is free!

Tsunami Memorial- The coast of Sri Lanka was one of the hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami disaster. A memorial and a picture museum has been built around the area where the tsunami washed away a packed train with the loss of over 1200 lives – the world’s worst ever train disaster.

3. A lake by the beach?

Yes! Sri Lanka is a land like no other, filled with water bodies of all kinds! Visit the Hikkaduwa Lake for a different experience with a variety of birds and monitors. Boat tours and kayaking excursions make for a pleasant change from the usual Hikkaduwa beach.

4. Get your adventure on!

Scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing, surfing, sailing, you name it, we’ve got it! Hikkaduwa is a thrill-seekers paradise! There’s so much to explore and experience both under water and over the waves. Some of these exhilarating experiences need to be guided by experts and can be easily organized by reaching out to the staff at your hotel in Hikkaduwa.

5. Eat, drink and make merry

Eat to your heart’s (and belly’s) content at Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon with the wide array of culinary experiences on offer such as Wave Private Dining and Miracle Set Dining. Enjoy a romantic getaway and a five-course meal by the poolside with your loved one in five-star comfort at the Wave which is guaranteed to be the best experience of private dining in Sri Lanka. Delicious seafood, by the sound of the ocean waves, around fairy lights, under a starry sky, on the beach – how often does a dinner party sound so good? This is the norm at Miracle Set Dining. Do enjoy these experiences curated specially for you!

Hikkaduwa Nightlife too is pretty happening and there are a few places you can dance till your legs are sore! The vibrant party atmosphere attracts all the thrill-seekers and party animals to Hikkaduwa and with its perfectly relaxing atmosphere, ocean waves in the background and the sandy beach beneath, the party never stops! Here is a list of places to party until dawn; Top Secret, Vibration Music Bar, Mambo’s place, Funky de Bar, Long Beach Surf Café etc.

When in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa is a must visit, with so many experiences to be bagged. Make it even better with Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, we guarantee that it will be an experience of a lifetime!

Dive deep in and have a whale of a time!

Author: Shenella Fonseka

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