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Hikkaduwa

Sri Lanka’s main surf town in the South West, Hikkaduwa is an idyllic palm bordered stretch of beach, 1km long and lined with restaurants, bars, shops and cafés.

The town’s rich surf history, beautiful beaches and consistent waves make it a must-do for all surfers in Sri Lanka. When you’re feeling like resting between sessions, it is also an idyllic spot to grab a coconut, relax and take it all in.

Surfing is the basis of culture in Hikkaduwa, with coral, rock and sand breaks being plentiful on this stretch of coast. Benny’s at the front of Hikkaduwa town is a popular spot that breaks on shallow reef, and is for the more advanced surfer, or intermediate looking to push themselves.

North Jetty, a left hand reef break directly beside the Hikkaduwa harbour wall is a great spot for goofies. The main surf beach break at Hikkaduwa town is sand bottom and an ideal safe place to get in to the water for the first time.

This well developed town is an excellent introduction to the Sri Lankan coast as you can stock up on essentials and soak up the idyllic scenery here before moving East along less populated stretches of the coast.

Getting to the South West coast surf area of Sri Lanka from the capital Colombo is relatively easy, Hikkaduwa is a 2 hour 30 minute direct drive along the Expressway. You can also get a bus to Colombo centre from the airport and then a train on down (3hrs30mins approx).

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November - March is the dry season and has the most consistent surf.

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Hikkaduwa

A well-equipped town, with several ATM’s that accept foreign cards and cash exchanges. It is a good idea to get yourself sorted financially in Hikkaduwa before travelling East along the coast, as Weligama is the next town with an ATM service.

Sri Lanka holds no less than three stunning National Marine Parks rich in bio diversity, one of which is centred along the shores of Hikkaduwa. Snorkelling is a popular pastime, as marine life flourishes along coral reserves just below the water’s surface. Here you can see two fish species that exist only on Sri Lankan reefs, the Pomacentrus Proteus and Chlorurus Rhakoura, as well as three different species of sea turtle. Venturing further out from the beach, many tour operators offer off-shore snorkelling trips that cater for the more adventurous.

Seafood forms the staple diet along Sri Lanka’s coast and no more so in Hikkaduwa. Sri Lankan’s enjoy a life in harmony with the sea, and sea food curries made of fresh fish are bursting with goodness, flavour, and make for the ideal surf fuel.

The South West surf coastline from Hikkaduwa can all be reached by train or by car.

First fly into Sri Lanka's main airport, Colombo. .

Please note to check airports as new routes & airlines may begin operating at any time.

How to get to Hikkaduwa from Colombo Airport

Taxi's and mini buses: This is the easiest way and can be booked with our shuttle bus partner here. Private taxi will take 2hr30mins and cost approx €160 each way. Private mini bus will take 3hrs30mins and cost approx €80 each way.

Train - Take the Bus from Colombo (Bandaranaike) Airport to Colombo Fort. Buses leave every 15 minutes and cost €1. It takes 30 Minutes, You can also get a taxi for approx €10. From Colombo Fort take the train south, only costs €1. It takes 2hrs30mins and goes approx 10 times a day. Tickets cannot be bought online, timetable information can be found here: http://www.railway.gov.lk/. The train goes along the coast and has some amazing views.

Car Hire - We have a discount car hire section on our website where you can rent a car. Rent your car from the airport and drive South. The national Expressway goes all the way south. It will take you 2hrs30 minutes. You can also take the coast road which is an hour longer.

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