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Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“Sri Lanka isa beautiful island surrounded with magnificent beachesall around.The Southern coastal of Hikkaduwa is famousfor its strong surf and beaches,natural coral reefsand turtle colonieswhich are exquisite to the south Asian region.Hikkaduwa isone of the unique placesfor tourists from all over the world for itsnatural beautiesand wonderful warm weather. Visit Hikkaduwa,Sri Lanka to swim with the turtles, discover the coralsand enjoy the warm sea breez”
  • 25 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“There is also an off-licence here for beer, wine, spirits (closed on Full Moon)”
  • 10 locals recommend
Lodging
“Possibly the best party night of the week, frequented by party people of all ages young and a lot less young, but not for children. It attracts late night revellers from Colombo the capital city. Friday is their party night (free entry) with music, live drumming band, open air dance floor & bar. Arrive late & leave well after midnight (we have been there until sunrise!). Located road side on the main beach Galle Road. Expect crowds in high season, fire eaters, laser lights. Kebab stall & a table tennis area if you need a short break from dancing & drinking. Friendly atmosphere with tourists happy to chat and get to know one another. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Well , what can I say ... as lovely as ever ... staff as good and helpful as ever .. good food and chilled atmosphere.. good priced rooms etc. .. but the Mambo's party bar next door kept us awake all night with thumping headbanging "music" and didn't stop until 5.30 in the morning .. so unless you join the party or don't mind staying awake alt night I suggest you don't stay there for the night ... but although it's gone a bit busier in day time it's still a good spot to hang out and enjoy ... good chilled music generally ... if you want a bit more quiet beach walk a hundred yards further south ... Lovely and quiet there”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Right on the beach, best for sundowners whilst watching amazing sun set and incredible surfers - whilst chilling with cool music!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Excellent fish restaurant on the beach. The service is excellent and the menu also caters for western foods like pizzas and burgers.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“I think this is one of the best restaurents in Hikkaduwa, is has good atmosphere, service and food. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Stylish beach bar day and night. A lovely beach spot and great for sunset cocktails. Cool chilled out vibe and staff! Good music and a it's own party night, reminiscent of Ibiza in its infancy.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“outside guests can pay to use the pool, and you can see large sea turtles at the beach in front”
  • 4 locals recommend
Beach
“In the high-season (October-April) this is the place to surf, bodyboard and relax.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lodging
“This is also a popular spot for sunset beers and the place you are most likely to meet Western expats living in Hikkaduwa all year round!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 3 locals recommend
Bus Station
  • 2 locals recommend
Lodging
“Refresh is a long time favorite with an amazing ocean view. They have a huge variety of foods, from curries to pizza or a burger, they are consistently good. The local seafood is amazing and the staff is top notch. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Gorgeous location on the lagoon-arrive before sunset for drinks and stay on to enjoy the handmade authentic Italian food. Very romantic!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The oldest beach bar in Hikkaduwa, catering to the inner Hippy in us all! It always plays great music, and is frequented year on year by an eclectic group of traveling dreamers, musicians and "philosophers" from all walks of life and different part of the world. Graffiti artwork painted walls, and a character building toilet - get loo roll from behind the bar! Busy from sunset until around midnight, or the last customer drinks up. Occasional live bands or someone painting a poem on the wall. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Well , what can I say ... as lovely as ever ... staff as good and helpful as ever .. good food and chilled atmosphere.. good priced rooms etc. .. but the Mambo's party bar next door kept us awake all night with thumping headbanging "music" and didn't stop until 5.30 in the morning .. so unless you join the party or don't mind staying awake alt night I suggest you don't stay there for the night ... but although it's gone a bit busier in day time it's still a good spot to hang out and enjoy ... good chilled music generally ... if you want a bit more quiet beach walk a hundred yards further south ... Lovely and quiet there”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Excellent fish restaurant on the beach. The service is excellent and the menu also caters for western foods like pizzas and burgers.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Stylish beach bar day and night. A lovely beach spot and great for sunset cocktails. Cool chilled out vibe and staff! Good music and a it's own party night, reminiscent of Ibiza in its infancy.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Gorgeous location on the lagoon-arrive before sunset for drinks and stay on to enjoy the handmade authentic Italian food. Very romantic!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“The oldest beach bar in Hikkaduwa, catering to the inner Hippy in us all! It always plays great music, and is frequented year on year by an eclectic group of traveling dreamers, musicians and "philosophers" from all walks of life and different part of the world. Graffiti artwork painted walls, and a character building toilet - get loo roll from behind the bar! Busy from sunset until around midnight, or the last customer drinks up. Occasional live bands or someone painting a poem on the wall. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A popular beachside bar and nightclub. Saturday night is their party night with international and local DJs. It is the focus of a lot of daytime surfer activity.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of our favourite, great, established Italian - very good food - charming location - not beachside ”
  • 6 locals recommend

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