Starting off as quiet fishing village during the 1960s, Hikkaduwa has gone through a major transformation to be one of the most popular international beach holiday destinations of Sri Lanka. Due to ease of access from the airport, many travelers come to Hikkaduwa directly to start their classic Asian beach holiday. Hikkaduwa has a party vibe created by the prevalent diving and surfing culture.
Many roadside eateries, cheap beachside accommodation options make it the ideal destination for both young and old backpackers who love to soak up the sun. Beach bars and night clubs also provide the background for the carefree atmosphere which is rife on the Hikka stretch. People in search of watery fun will find many choices. There’s a variety of beaches, sea-coral for snorkelers, and good waves for board- and body-surfers