In the early 1960’s Hikkaduwa started its change from a small fishing village into one of Sri Lanka’s international holiday destinations. Today backpackers, travelers and package tourists alike favour the beach party atmosphere of Hikkaduwa created by the diving and surfing scene. Beautiful white sand beaches, colourful coral reefs and an excellent surf are attracting people from all over the world. The surfing in the Hikkaduwa region is quite well known and gets the best surf during its dry season, November to March. Even apart from the beaches Hikkaduwa has a lot to offer : picturesque temples, a scenic fresh water lake where you still can see outrigger fishermen, tranquilled village life just a few meters down the road and much, much more. Accommodation offers in Hikkaduwa range from small guest houses and hotels to international hotel chains, providing for every tase and budget. Beach restaurants and bars, shops and night clubs provide the background for a carefree stay.