I went to Hikkaduwa last year with my husband and stayed 2 weeks in the area. I stayed at the hotel called Mother’s Place in Thiranagama. We chose the hotel because we saw it had 4 out of 5 stars in trip adviser.
The room was clean and comfortable with air conditioning. It was cleaned every day. It was literally right on the beach, you walk out of the back door and the beach was right in front of you.
At the weekends there were beach parties in the area with a local DJ but during the week it quiet and peaceful – idyllic.
Whilst we were there, we saw some of the local sights. There’s an old Dutch fort about twenty minutes down the coast which is worth seeing. The place is full of old temples and statues and there’s an island up towards the hotel where the locals go to curse people they don’t like!
All in all we thought Hikkaduwa is a great place to unwind. We had a very relaxing holiday surrounded by blue skies, sea, sand, surfing and being well looked after. The place is about 2 hours drive on the expressway from the capital Colombo. A taxi from the airport cost US $28. The temperature was around 28-30 degrees all the time we were there.
It’s definitely a famous spot for yoga, we saw lots of retreats on our way up there and we went to a lovely Ayurveda massage centre with hot steam baths and hot oil massage. I bought some herbal cures to make me lose weight but they didn’t’ work so watch out!!
Otherwise the usual advice – drink bottled water, don’t get over exposed in the sun. Have fun!!