Seenigama Muhudu Maha Vihara has located about 2 km away from Hikkaduwa towards Colombo on the Main Galle road. The Vihara is situated on its own island and visited by people from many religions. The Vihara is famous due to the deity in charge of the temple, among those who come to seek retribution for the evil doings of their enemies. Devotees and visitors get to the main temple via boat, where you can buy a special oil made of chilli and pepper to be lit at the altar while reciting a mystic mantra asking for retribution from the wrong done against them. Visitors need to dress in long trousers to cover their legs and wear modestly closed attire when visiting the temple. You are asked to remove headgear and footwear when entering the temple so it is wise to avoid the noon.
The turtles are on the top on the endangered list all around the world. There are seven species of turtles listed up on it altogether, such as green turtle, hawksbill turtle, Oliver twist turtle, leatherback turtle, kemp's ridley, and flatback. Among them, five are present in the Sri Lankan coastal area including the extremely rare Albino turtle. Hikkaduwa started a series of turtle hatcheries in order to protect these adorable little beings from poachers and crowded communities. The Turtle Farms encourage local people to bring eggs or turtles to them by making a payment for them. This helps to conserve turtle stocks and persuade people from selling and eating turtles or their eggs. At the hatcheries, you can feed them, interact with them and even help to release them back into the ocean.
Whale watching, a very popular outdoor activity, is one of the most exciting activities that you can do in Sri Lanka during your stay. In the warm Indian Ocean, you can see Blue Whales, Bryde´s Whales, Sperm Whales, Fin Whales, including Killer Whales sometimes. The Southern water off Sri Lanka is considered the best in the world for whale watching, while the ideal locations to observe these astonishing creation of the Mother Nature would be Dondra Point (accessible from Galle, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa). It is being identified as the world largest mammals habitat in this trait which will bring along a tremendous sight to all viewers that could not be experienced anywhere in the world at times.
The picture perfect spot for the sea, sun and tan; Hikkaduwa offers you the proper glow of holiday to take back with you. Allow the golden sun rays touch you with its warmth while the fresh breeze of the sea blended together on the spectacular background. Pamper yourself to a good rub of sunscreen, and experience the feeling of a grand mental and physical relaxation, that will be something you have never felt before. Furthermore, it is also a great place for swimming and another beach activities.
Surfing and windsurfing are a popular water sport among tourists. The beach at Hikkaduwa is reputed to be the second best-surfing spot in Sri Lanka while being the suitable location for beginners. So fear none, you have a safe and fun spot to tick surfing off your bucket list.
Referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean', Sri Lanka offers world-class scuba diving tours. The Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary; a magnificent garden decorated with layers of colourful corals and is the home to many vibrantly coloured fish. You can dive into the dark beauty of the deep with proper snorkelling gears and guidance provided by us.
Want to see the coral reefs without wetting your feets? Glass bottomed sea boat rides is perfect for you. The beautiful, dark world deep under, is worth all your memorable experience. Varieties of tropical fish, gloriously colourful coral reefs and fascinating shipwrecks can be explored at several locations on the coast. For those, you want to admire the colourful world out under the feet, glass-bottomed boats are available to ensure you had the experience worth your stay.
Away from the beach and a whole world away, enter the world of tasteful delights. The speciality of the coast is the splendid smell of the sea, salt and spices. Several seafood restaurants beautify the coastline with fragrance and taste, so don't miss the opportunity to taste fresh, sea delicacy prepared tastefully just for your buds.
Visit the Tsunami Photo Museum; this private museum halfway between Hikkaduwa and Ambalangoda tells the story of that dreadful day in 2004. The destruction of the 2004 Tsunami can be imagined by visiting the Tsunami museum, told in a story through photographs and newspaper about the dreadful Indian Ocean tsunami which struck Sri Lanka and many other South Asian countries. Close to it is a small memorial to the people who lost their lives in Sri Lanka and the many others whose lives changed forever. Although the entry is free, donations to maintain the museum are accepted, or expected at the entrance counter.