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- Small but incredibly fascinating museum!
Sincere and kind people with detailed stories in an accessible variation.
Definitely worth a visit for a deeper understanding of the current culture of the locals and their history.Written 27 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The turtles are wonderful and very close to the shore... Clean and clear water with pretty fish visable right off the shore... We visited in November so outside of the main season with lots of places still closed and the sea was a little rough for swimmingWritten 18 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Hikkaduwa-Peraliya area was severely affected by Tsunami in 2004. This temple was built with Japanese funds to commemorate the people died from Tsunami. The standing Buddha statue is replica of Barmian Buddha statue destroyed in Afghanistan, This is a road side attraction.Written 18 July 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- One of the finest stretches of sand on Sri Lanka's south-west coast much-loved by surfers. Take care swimming because currents can be strong and waves attract surfers.Written 23 November 2022
- This is a conservatory for turtles: the primary objective seems to be caring for wounded turtles and providing a safe environment for birth. The manager told us that they pay fishermen if they find any wounded/in-distress turtle and also if they bring eggs.
All the eggs received are placed under sand with a tentative date of birth. We were told that the probability of birth goes from 5% to 80% under their care as the eggs are shielded from nature and predators.
They have three/four types of turtles that they care for, and ultimately release into the sea. They also have several wounded turtles, some that will stay with them forever either because of permanent injury/disability or being endangered (there's a albino turtle).
Overall, they are doing a terrific job at conserving turtles and it makes for a very enriching visit.Written 24 November 2021
- Having seen so many bad reviews about this I wasn’t expecting much but was gladly surprised.
Yes most of the coral is broken or smashed due to the past tsunami 🌊 but it is on the mend and fresh coral is starting to bloom and grow.
What is most surprising is the large variety of fish. We seen even seen a puffer fish 🐡 or two. Loads of angel fish, moray eels, sea cucumbers, an octopus 🐙 and even two very large brightly colored parrot fish.
It’s not the Great Barrier Reef but then it’s never going to be that.Written 8 January 2019
- Obviously not a whole day out but a great place to visit.. You can smash coconuts chilli and garlic and have someone to chant your revenge against someone that has done you wrong. What i found more fascinating is that this small chapel was unaffected by the tsunami.Written 3 June 2022
- I buy there masks, luxury paintings, can use visa/mc. Very friendly stuff and music... 4 floors, with terrase with sea view.Written 12 March 2020
- It was great please, you must visit here, when your see the picture of this place you can see and understand howIt was great please, you must visit here, when your see the picture of this place you can see and understand how was look like tsunami and what kind of situation happened to hikkaduwaWritten 12 June 2022
- This part of beach where you can feed the turtles and swim with them . They are there every day and it’s freeWritten 17 February 2022
- This temple is mostly visited by locals. Its walkable distance from the bus stand. The main vihara has the reclining Buddha in it and there are severa smaller temples surrounding it. Very quite and serene.Written 2 October 2017
- 300 metres walk along the beach from my hotel "Coral Sands" took me to the Hikkaduwa Fishing Harbour complex. The entrance fee for foreigners is Rs 100.
I was there early morning on 26th December 2019 to see the incoming fishing boats and wholesale bulk fish sales. It was interesting to see the fisherfolk carry out their chores. I had a glimpse into part of their life.
It was smelly with so much of fish lying around and on sale. It was noisy too. I spoke to several fishermen who very friendly. They permitted me to photograph their fish and themselves. It was an interesting half-hour that I spent within the harbour market area.
The harbour is manmade and is enclosed within two large rock-filled embankments. There were many colourful boats some large, some small. I was told that the larger boats do their fishing farther away while the smaller ones fish close to the land.
I walked along the Left side embankment taking a few photographs as I went along. There is a beacon atop a post about 20 metres tall to guide the night-time fishermen at sea.
Interesting and informative hour spent before retracing my path back to the hotel.Written 13 January 2020
- Dean who is the owned and the masseur is just unbelievable with all his professionalism, personality, energy! Best massage in my life, no kidding. Really want to come back as many times as possible to Sri Lanka and to Hikkaduwa for this experienceWritten 14 January 2022
- Anjou is unforgettable. My friend and I took a very long trip with him, even in the dark, and we felt as protected and safe as possible. His care and concern is so beyond self-evident! Anjou is an amazing person. Recommend to everyone!Written 22 October 2022
- Best Massage since a long time. Makes you 10 years junger.
The doctor has a very fine felling vor the bodyWritten 27 November 2022
Frequently Asked Questions about Hikkaduwa
- The best day trips from Hikkaduwa according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Udawalawe Safari Day Trip from Bentota/Kalutara/Wadduwa/Ahungalla-All Inclusive
- Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour - Private & Customize Tour
- Sinharaja Rain forest tours
- Galle Day Tour from Colombo or Negombo by Private Car , Van with Driver
- One Day Tour to Galle from Colombo