After our Coloumbo city stop we headed down to Hikkaduwa and set up camp in a quaint little guesthouse just off the main Galle Road – it was cheap and cheerful and we had a small kitchen to we could easily fix up our own brekkie every morning. Perfect.
We stayed here in Hikkaduwa –> book My Place through booking.com
Hikkaduwa was our first beachy town on our Sri Lankan adventure and to be honest, since moving down to coast and seeing the likes of Unawatuna and Mirissa, it is definitely our least favourite beach here. That being said, it’s worth a visit. This town was highly affected by the Tsunami and the devastation it caused is still clear. We visited the Tsunmai museum which dipicted the sheer tragedy of the disaster via newspaper cuttings and pictures that were taken on the day it happened. We were also talked through the aftermath of the natural disaster by the lady who ran the museum – she was a surviver and her story was a tough listen. The museum is is small and basic but the images speak for themselves, if there is anything to make you grateful for life, your home and the friends and family that surround you, then it’s a visit here.
Our time in Hikkaduwa was taken up with morning runs, roti, beach chills and long walks. After the chaoticness of Coloumbo it was nice to see the ocean and have the excuse to do nothing. If Hikkaduwa is on your Sri Lanka hit list then make sure you check the places below that stood out in our minds…
No.1 Roti Shop – A cheap yet delicious dinner spot located on Galle road, Hikkaduwa. No air-con and the restaurant itself is basic but damn the food is good.
Tsuami Musem – Worth seeing to really appreciate the suffering that this beachside town went through back in 2004. It costs 500LKR each and a little donation at the end doesn’t go a miss.
Temptation – A yummy vegan restaurant with a wonderfully healthy menu and even more wonderful staff. Our chef even sat down with us and had a little chat as he wasn’t that busy over lunchtime. Sri lankan people really are lovely.
Hikkaduwa Beach – The waves are pretty big here so it’s the perfect spot for surfing! Plenty of lessons available and boards for hire so worth giving it a go if you’re never attempted it before. If that’s not your bag then rock up to one of the beach-side bars and restaurants for a great view of the sunset.
Hikkaduwa was a welcome sight considering the hectiness of Coloumbo and gave us a real insight into how friendly the people of Sri Lanka are. We ate some good food, loved our first guesthouse experience and enjoyed being back by the beach, but would we go back? Probably not. Mirissia and Unawatuna has more choice in the way of great foodie spots and interesting things to explore and to be honest, just felt a little cleaner. The Indian Ocean brings in a great deal of rubbish (plastic!!) and Hikkaduwa really takes the brunt of that. It’s such a shame to see how affected our oceans have become and made us really think about how we can reduce such waste on a personal level.
By Matt and Abbie