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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…
Gardens in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Brief Garden

Ten kilometres inland from Bentota is the Brief Garden. A barely controlled riot of a garden out of The Jungle Book, the grounds are a lovely place to get lost. The house, which used to be the home of Bevis Bawa, br…
Buddhist Temple in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Galapata Raja Temple

About 3km inland from Bentota, on the south bank of the Bentota Ganga, this unexpected 12th-century temple has some lovely murals and a 2500-year-old dagoba that is said to hold the canine tooth of Buddha's main dis…
Antiques in Ambalangoda & Around

Southern Antiques & Reproductions

Anyone with a penchant for interior design will enjoy visiting this Aladdin’s Cave of treasures. Most of the pieces are too big to transport (lots of wooden pillars and reclaimed wood), but it's fun to browse and di…
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…
Museum in Ambalangoda & Around

Ariyapala Mask Museum

This museum, with its dioramas and explanations in English, gives an interesting insight into Sri Lankan masks and the meanings behind them. It also sells the booklet The Ambalangoda Mask Museum, a useful publicatio…