If your idea of a perfect vacation includes the seas and getting some beach tan, the happening resort town of Hikkaduwa offers the best of such experiences. Right from witnessing the perfect sunrise to engaging in water-sports and nature activities, you will be surprised with the number of options you have that would make for the perfect island holiday. Powdery sands, vibrant seashells, a hammock gently swaying between two palm trees as the azure sea laps at the shore; Hikkaduwa is a haven to relax and enjoy a laidback atmosphere. Hikkaduwa is the ideal place for surfing during the months of November to April.There are some interesting offshore reefs and historic shipwrecks in Hikkaduwa that are definitely worth a dive.The beach town has a happening night life that won’t leave the nocturnal youngsters disappointed. The Hikka fest, an annual music festival sees the presence of thousands of enthusiasts while featuring some of the best international artistes from world over.

When in Hikkaduwa, make sure to visit a turtle hatchery, which is home to baby turtles that are either rescued or handed over by the villagers. It will be interesting to learn about sea turtles and hold a baby turtle to pose for a picture. You can see the eggs buried in natural sand enclosures. Once hatched, the baby turtles are raised in concrete ponds until they are old enough to be released to their natural habitat. Shailabimbaramaya, a quaint temple tracing its roots back to the colonial era stands silently just a few kilometers away from the town.

Photo Credit (Corals) – Sunday Observer  

Turtle Sanctuary Centre, Hikkaduwa
Corals - Hikkaduwa
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