Hikkaduwa // Sri Lanka
As I’ve been drooling for the sea and some underwater excitement, I quickly escaped noisy Colombo – the capital city of Sri Lanka – and made my way to Hikkaduwa. The train ride from Maradana train station to Hikkaduwa is only 160 rupees (for 2nd class) and it takes about 2.5 hours. I was so focused on getting onto the right train, that I didn’t even realize that I was sitting in 3rd class, which was quite an adventure itself! tongue I advise you to do so at least once!
Luckily I got to know a girl on the train who took me to her father’s guesthouse. I woke up by the sound of waves crashing and had breakfast with sea view. Perfection! heart
The Sea Shine Guest House was a short tuk-tuk ride (200 rupees) outside of town, therefore a very calm area with not too many tourists around. The hosts were truly caring and helpful. For two nights I had to switch to their friend’s place, the Palm Growe Villa. This beautiful red brick wall house surrounded by tall palm trees had such a cinematic vibe to it, it kept me mesmerized. It was built with parts of their old family home, which had been destroyed in the tsunami 2004. I enjoyed talking to the hosts, who were also truly genuine and warm-hearted people. In case you choose to stay there, please do say „Hi from Julie“! smile
The town is more active, but still not too busy. Hikkaduwa Beach is surrounded by a coral reef and therefore a good spot for diving and snorkeling, surfing lessons, or simply for swimming.
I was going on two dives (for 70 dollars) with Blue Deep Dive, which Sunil from the Sea Shine Guest House recommended. These dives had been the first two after the Open Water Diver course, so I felt a bit insecure. But Dilantha explained everything in detail and took good care of me. He even showed me some nice places around town and they shared their super-delicious rice and curry with me! smile
These five days had been very relaxing and Hikkaduwa left a very good impression on me. I’m looking forward to go there again and meet all those lovely people once more! smile