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Hikkaduwa Bay Beach

  Province Suthern Province
  District Galle District
  Nearest Town Hikkaduwa
  Season November to April

Hikkaduwa beach in Sri Lanka is one of the beautiful destinations and is the place for underwater delight Site of the famed coral gardens; hire a glass bottomed boat or goggles and flippers and explore the fantasies under your feet. The famous coral reef and scuba diving gets tourist's more pleasure there.

The beach

The season runs from November to April Hikkaduwa, 100km from Colombo, one of the liveliest of the southwest coast is close to Beruwala Bay Beach & Bentota Bay Beach Resort of beautiful beaches & large resort hotels. There's a varied choice of beach & sea - coral for snorkelers, waves for board & body surfers, & good wide strips of sand, backed by cafes for sun bathing & relaxation.

Snorkeling, Coral Gardens & Wrecks

Hikkaduwa has excellent snorkeling just offshore. Only 200m offshore, in shallow water no more than 4m deep, a reef protects an expanse of brilliant coral populated by vividly colourful reef fish. It is a perfect snorkeling territory. Compared with glass bottomed boats that operate from the beach, snorkeling herein is an eco friendly means of enjoyment.

Turtle Research Center at Dodanduwa

On the beach opposite the Kumarakanda Vihara is a very small private Turtle Research Center, which works to protect this endangered species. Turtle eggs selected for hatching & progressive stages of the development of turtle can be seen here.

Ratgama lagoon at Dodanduwa

Inland from Kumarakanda Vihara is a sylvan county lane that runs to the picturesque Ratgama Lagoon, which has abundant bird life & a large population of water monitors. There are three islands in the lagoon. One of the islands, Polgasduwa (Coconut Island) is home to a forest hermitage founded by a German monk. Lagoon trips are by primitive wooden catamarans. Late afternoon is the best time to see birds & other wildlife, including monkeys.

Telwatta Bird Sanctuary

Just inland from the main coastal highway, 2km south of Hikkaduwa, this small lakeside bird sanctuary is especially rich in waterfowl & shore-birds such as the green sandpiper.