Bordered by the turquoise Indian Ocean to the West, the little coastal town in Sri Lanka, known as Hikkaduwa, has become the epicenter of the party scene in the country since the 1970s. The sun kissed beaches lined with great restaurants and bars, alongside the major spots for water sports activity, it is certainly worth the 2 hour drive from Colombo to experience the Sri Lankan party and adventure life.

Top Reason to Visit

Although Hikkaduwa suffered a major blow by the Tsunami that occurred in 2004, the town is still attributed to be a major asset to Sri Lanka’s tourism industry since the 1970s due to its embracement of the party life. Offering some amazing experiences for the party goer with the many bars and restaurants, amazing beach front accommodation, along with a little bit of adventure thrown in by offering a variety water sports activities, such as snorkeling, surfing and scuba diving to name a few, what other better reason to visit the place?

While You're There

Get your party hats on:

In Hikkaduwa, it is a party all year round. The many bars lined along the Hikkaduwa and Narigama beaches are famed for holding some of the most anticipated beach parties in the country. The Hikkaduwa Beach Festival that happens every July / August is just one of the many notable parties that occur in the country, bringing in some international DJs to spice up the mood. An unforgettable experience awaits.

Explore the deep blue:

In addition to being a party goer’s dream destination, the town also serves as a water sports activity centre. The abundance of dive spots, and shallow reefs like the Hikkaduwa National Park and the nearby coral sanctuary, make it ideal to explore what mysteries the Indian Ocean has to offer. Additionally, the predictable breakers on the beach make it a famous stomping ground for beginner surfers to enhance their long boarding skills. Don’t worry if you can’t do any of these, since there are a great number of good diving and surf schools that will help you make the best of every moment while partaking in the water sport of your choosing.

A harsh reminder:

Boxing Day 2004 is considered to be one of the biggest environmental disasters the country ever faced with many thousands losing their lives. Although the town has bounced back to its former glory, reminders in the form of memorials and museums like that seen in the Tsunami Education Centre and Museum, the Tsunami Photo Museum, and the memorial in Peraliya allow you to fully understand the devastating impact it caused to the country. The memorial in Peraliya serves to be the area in which the world’s worst train disaster took place ending the lives of more than 1,000 individuals.

Learn the village way and mark it with a unique memento:

The seaside area may be considered one of the best party destinations in the country, but a few kilometres inland the entire landscape changes from lively parties to rural quiet villages. It is still possible to witness traditional village life, as many natives inland have not changed their ways, even with all the development that has taken place. There are many traditional commercial activities the people in the area practice, such as the mining and selling of moonstone jewellery, traditional crafting and selling of batik clothing (a technique of wax-resistant dyeing applied to whole cloth), along with many other antique souvenirs, waiting to be purchased by the traveler looking for the perfect souvenir that describes village society.

Insider Advice

Travel: Travelling around the town is not that difficult, as it is quite small. Should you need a vehicle to make your travels easier, there are many tuk-tuks you could hire, just make sure you research the distance of your destination, since you might have to haggle if they do not possess meters.

Weather: Hikkaduwa generally witnesses clear weather during the months from December to April.

Money: It is important to carry cash in hand with small notes like LKR 20s, LKR 50s and LKR 100s, since many of the local convenience stores do not always accept debit and credit cards.

Clothing: Beach wear or light / casual wear is the best option here, however, when journeying inland, it is best to be clad conservatively in order to respect the customs and traditions of the rural society.

Safety: Hikkaduwa is generally a very safe place, however, can get quite overcrowded during the nights, so it is important to be mindful of your belongings. It is advised to be minimalistic when venturing the night.

Meals and refreshments: Something not short of in Hikkaduwa is the eating establishments that line the streets and pristine beaches. These eateries range from fine dining to street food, catering to the needs of all travelers.

Customs: The society in Hikkaduwa, with the exception of the beaches, is very conservative and tight knit due to the catastrophic events that occurred during the 2004 tsunami.

Hikkaduwa possesses all the ingredients to make your party time and adventure time in the paradise island an unforgettable one, so what are you waiting for? Pack your sun block, shades and head on down to party paradise.

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