Hikkaduwa is a tourist haven situated 16 km away from Galle. This town is very picturesquely situated on the lovely South Coast and is one of the Island’s best Beach Resorts. It boasts of fantastically beautiful Coral formations and a wealth of coloured tropical fish. This underwater wonderland can be viewed in fair weather from November to April from a glass bottomed boat. Also it is popularly known for its game fish like Marlin and Sail Fish. Hikkaduwa is fantastic for good swimming, diving and underwater exploration. There is also much scope for marine photography. The most excellent tasting seafood can be found here as well as precious Moonstone Jewellery.
Tourists Attractions in Hikkaduwa
The beach of Hikkaduwa is situated 98 km from Colombo towards the south of Sri Lanka. This fun coastal town 14 kms from Galle was the first of Sri Lanka's beautiful sandy beaches to be discovered by tourists in the 1960’s. Snorkeling and diving in the clear waters are the major past-time along this stretch and is the most environmentally friendly way to see the colourful fish that dart around. The coral sanctuary found on the coast of Hikkaduwa is a large shallow body of water enclosed by a reef, decorated with layers of multi coloured corals, which is home to countless number of colourful fish. Off the beach, there is a collection of tiny islets surrounded by beautiful coral formations. Many species of fish and large turtles are found here.
Coral Gardens – Boat Safari
Hikkaduwa, a popular tourist destination in the Galle District is renowned for its beach and the corals. It is ideal for glass boat safaris to explore the beautiful corals on the sea bed. The Coral Garden here is considered to be the best out of all such coral gardens found in Asia. There is a reef of lime stones running parallel to the coast. The corals are in-between this line of lime stones and the coast. The sea up to about 200 m from the coast is very shallow. The reef of lime stones protects the corals from high tide. The coral type found mostly here is the type locally called "Gampara". These corals are found in various forms, shapes and colours. They are a very fascinating sight especially when there is bright sunlight which gives a very clearer view of the corals. Since there is no silt, corals can grow in their natural form and colour.
A moonstone is grey in colour and feels cool and smooth to the touch. When polished it has a glow like of the moon. Moonstones are in the semi-precious category and are an important component of the Sri Lankan gem industry. The finest are bluish in colour and are found in high concentrations in heading inland 7 km to Mitiyagoda, between Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa. Moonstones have been mined in these sweltering forests forever and the moonstone mines, little more than muddy rabbit holes, 6 m or 7 m long, are fascinating as is the process of filtering out the precious stones, cutting them up and polishing them up, ready for sale. At the Moonstone Factory you can see or even go down into a narrow shaft where the stones are mined.