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Top Choice Sri Lankan in Hikkaduwa & Around

Home Grown Rice & Curry Restaurant

Half-buried under palm trees and flowering plants, this is a sweet little garden-terrace restaurant on a quiet (at least compared to the main road) side street. The family who run it are as lovely as the setting, an…
Seafood in Hikkaduwa & Around

Cool Spot

This family-run place has been serving up fresh seafood from a vintage roadside house at the northern end of the strip since 1972. There’s a cool veranda where you can peruse the blackboard menu that details the mor…
Sri Lankan in Hikkaduwa & Around


For some of the best home-cooked curries in town order dinner in this family-run place a couple of hours in advance. Dinner is upstairs; downstairs the family lends books (Rs 300) and rents out motorbikes (Rs 800 to…
Italian in Hikkaduwa & Around

Spaghetti & Co

The lush gardens that surround this colonial-style villa go some way to hiding busy Galle Rd, which helps enhance the enjoyment of the ultra-thin-crust pizzas and creamy pastas this spot serves.
Buddhist Temple in Hikkaduwa & Around

Seenigama Vihara

About 2km north of Hikkaduwa is the Seenigama Vihara, perched on its own island. It’s one of only two temples in the country where victims of theft can seek retribution. People who have been robbed visit the temple …
Museum in Hikkaduwa & Around

Tsunami Photo Museum

This ramshackle, private museum 3.5km north of Hikkaduwa tells the story through photographs and newspaper features of that dreadful day in 2004 when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck Hikkaduwa and Sri Lanka. Everythi…
Memorial in Hikkaduwa & Around

Tsunami Memorial

This small monument remembers the 35,000 people who lost their lives just in Sri Lanka during the 2004 tsunami and the hundreds of thousands of others whose lives were changed profoundly. It was around here that the…
Buddhist Monument in Hikkaduwa & Around

Tsunami Honganji Vihara

Right on the coast north of Hikkaduwa is this statue of a standing Buddha facing the waves with his hands in the abhaya mudra (Buddha pose conveying fearlessness and protection). The statue is a replica of Afghanist…
Sri Lankan in Hikkaduwa & Around

No 1 Roti Restaurant

Away from the beach restaurant scene, this local roadside joint sells over 60 kinds of rotti (folded crepe-like pancake), ranging from garlic chicken to banana and honey. Two make a decent meal. There are also fresh…
Bar in Hikkaduwa & Around

Sam’s Bar

A laid-back and spacious bar with pool tables (Rs 250 for 30 minutes) that broadcasts major sports events and serves good value food (mains Rs 400 to 700). It's about as far removed from a typical Sri Lankan bar as …