A Three-Day Budget Guide to Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

I felt the urge to suddenly pack my bags and go somewhere for a while. Coincidentally, a good friend from Dubai was traveling indefinitely to Sri Lanka for a visa change and I haven’t seen him for a year so… Next thing I know, I’m flying from Philippines- Kuala Lumpur- Sri Lanka.

Six hours and ten thousand years later, I arrived in Hikkaduwa. One of Sri Lanka’s notorious tourist destination for surfing and parties.


How to get to Hikkaduwa from Colombo Airport

By Bus:

There’s “free airport shuttle” available that will take you to the bus terminal. It may not have a sign so asking around will help you get there. This shuttle bus will take you to the main bus terminal where you can take an air-conditioned bus No. 187 which will take you to downtown Colombo. It costs 200 rupees ($1.37) for foreigners and the trip takes about one hour or more depending on traffic.

From Colombo, take a bus going to Galle-Hikkaduwa. It will take four hours and will cost around 350 rupees ($2.43).

By Train:

Take a bus going to Colombo train station (same instructions aforementioned on how to get to Colombo). Get a 2nd class (160 rupees = $1.09) or 1st class (300 rupees=$2.05) ticket going to Hikkaduwa. You’ll most likely end up taking a tuktuk to get to your hotel when you arrive at Hikkaduwa train station. Expect to pay 200- 250 rupees ($ 1.74) for this.

By Taxi:

You can either choose to call your hotel for an airport shuttle and pay $55- $80 or take a taxi at the airport itself. The ones who will charge you $55 will most likely be an outdated vehicle but still with air-conditioning so I guess it’ll do if you’re looking to spend less. The drive takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic.

Where to stay in Hikkaduwa

There’s a slew of lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts’, hotels, hostels you can choose from depending on your budget and preferences (breakfast, hot water, beach front, etc.).

In our case, we stayed in one of the highest rated hotels/lodges in Hikkaduwa on booking.com, L & D Lodge, for 3 nights. It’s 100 meters away from the beach and it didn’t disappoint.

Best time to visit

Planning a trip to the Southwest part of Sri Lanka is quite easy if you know your priorities. For surfers looking to get stoked in the months of November- April, Hikkaduwa is your place. It’s also the best time if you want to see how lively their nightlife could get.

But for people looking for some down time, try visiting during off-peak season so you can have the beach all to yourself!

General Weather: Tropical weather that’s hot and humid throughout the year with sporadic rainfall during May- October

Best Months: January- March

Low Season: May – October

Peak Season: November- March

What Hikkaduwa is perfect for

Surfing and Nightlife – this part of Sri Lanka is well-known for its long pristine coast, lined with bars brimming with life during the peak season. Board rentals range from $8 – $15 per day.

It’s worth noting that you’re not allowed to wear your bikini and board shorts out in the streets.

What to do in Hikkaduwa for three (3) days

Day 1

My flight arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo around 9:30 a.m.. From there, I hopped on a cab that took me all the way to Hikkaduwa.

Naturally, I try to do minimal stuff on my first day to nurse a jet-lag but the weather and the sea breeze was too beautiful to pass up on. So me and my friends hired a tuktuk for 500 rupees ($3.42) to take us around. Check out the photos:

Places we saw:

  1. Peraliya Buddha Statue
  2. Tsunami Monument
  3. Tsunami Photo Museum
  4. Turtle Hatchery

Day 2

We took a bus to Galle and walked our way around the Fort built during the arrival of the Portuguese

Places we saw:

  1. Galle Fort
  2. Jungle Beach
  3. Dutch Market
  4. Unawatuna

Tuktuk from Galle Fort to Jungle Beach took 500 rupees ($3.41) for 3 of us but I felt like you can try to negotiate it to 300 rupees ($2.05).

Bus fare from Hikkaduwa to Galle – 35-50 rupees ($ 0.25 – $0.34)

Day 3

We went a bit grand on our third day and decided to experience the ultimate package offered by our friends from Sanka Tours.

Package includes:

  1. Entrance fees in all destinations
  2. Transfers
  3. Fish Spa
  4. Massage (Spice Garden)

Places we visited:

  1. Cruise around the lagoon
  2. Fish Spa
  3. Balapitiya Temple
  4. Spice Garden
  5. Turtle Farm
  6. Moonstone Mine

Sri Lanka is a beautiful tropical country that can charm your pants off. Just,… try to be careful when dealing with locals.

I will be posting about Kandy, Sri Lanka in my next post so stay tuned!

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Hi, I’m Sofia! A restless soul traipsing through life one (mis)adventure at a time or sometimes… well, multiple.

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