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14 Incredible Things To Do In Hiriketiya, Sri Lanka

Nestled on a small, leafy green bay in southern Sri Lanka, lies the magical surf town of Hiriketiya. Hiriketiya is one of the south coast’s best-kept secrets, but not for long, the town is becoming increasingly popular, and for very good reason. 

Whether you want to unwind with some yoga and meditation, learn how to surf or simply want to party the night away, there are lots of wonderful things to do in Hiriketiya for you to choose from. 

I found out about Hiritkeya through an Instagram post, and thankfully it was one of those situations where Instagram truly did match up to reality.

When I first laid my eyes on Hiriketiya Beach, I instantly felt relaxed and at home, and knew that there was something special about this town

The chilled-out and relaxed vibes that you can find in Hiriketiya will draw you in, so much so, you’ll never want to leave.

Take it from me I loved Hiriketiya so much that I went back twice in the space of a month, and very nearly went again for a 3rd time. 

So, what are the best things to do in Hiriketiya? Read on below to find out.

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Sign up to a surf camp

Keen to throw yourself into the world of surfing?  One of the best things to do in Hiriketiya is to sign up for a surf camp. Kima Surf Camp is one of the best camps to sign up for in Hiriketiya.

During your stay, you will get to surf twice a day with some of the best instructors in the area. It’s also a great opportunity to explore all of the different surfing spots in the region.

Surf Lesson

If you’re not ready to commit to a surf camp and just want to test out whether you’ll actually enjoy surfing, then booking a one-off surf lesson is a great idea.

Along the shore of Hiriketiya Bay, you’ll be able to find an abundance of stalls offering surf lessons and board rentals.

Most surf lessons take place in the early morning, around 8 am and start from around £12.

Get a massage

Feeling a bit battered and bruised after all the surfing, or simply just want to chill out? One of the best things to do in Hiriketiya is to get a massage.

There are quite a few massage parlours in the area. If you are looking for a cheap, no-thrills option then “The Massage Shed” is a good one to choose.

However, if you are after a more luxurious option then “Tonic Spa” is the best option.

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Try all the amazing food

For a beach town so small there are a tonne of incredible restaurants to try. One of my favourite things to do in Hiriketiya was to try out all the delicious local eateries from the cheap local eats to the boujee western bites.

Some of the best places to try are: 

  • Garlic Cafe 
  • Smoke and Bitters 
  • Mond 
  • Dots 
  • Dunis Hoppers 

There are so many more restaurants to try in Hiriketiya and you can read my full list of favourites here.

Visit the Dondra Lighthouse

Situated just 15km away from Hiriketiya, Dondra Head marks Sri Lanka’s southernmost point.

It dominates the landscape, standing at 160 feet tall lighthouse.

It’s the tallest lighthouse in southern Asia and is surrounded by some of Sri Lanka’s best natural beauty.

Swim with Turtles at Batheegama

Hop in a tuk-tuk for 6 minutes and head to Batheegama beach. Here you’ll be able to swim with some of Sri Lanka’s famous turtles.

If you are struggling to spot them, there are a couple of beach bars on the shore and the staff here will happily help you try to find them free of charge (maybe just buy a drink from the bar to say thank you). 

The best time to come is in the morning around 8 or 9 am.

Watch the sunset at Dickwella Pehebiya Beach

Just a short walk from Hiriketiya bay lies the beautiful Dickwella Beach. This is the best place in the area to watch the sunset.

You’ll find a lot of people tend to stay around Hiriketiya Bay to watch the sunset but they are missing a trick!

Grab a drink from one of the local beach bars and watch the sun go down with a nice cold beer (or watermelon juice).

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Pool day at La Playa

My favourite place in Hiriketiya to spend a chilled day was La Playa.

This is a boutique bar and hotel and one of the only places in Hiriketiya with an accessible pool (as long as you buy some food and drink) that overlooks the beautiful Hiriketiya Bay.

Not only is the location and decor amazing, but the music is incredible and it’s one of the best places in Hiriketiya to get a cold glass of wine!

Unwind with some Yoga

After surfing, one of the most popular things to do in Hiriketiya is yoga. There are lots of places in town that will offer yoga and meditation sessions, however, you’ll find some of the best classes and the following places: 

Head to one of these for some much-needed R&R.

Visit Silent Beach in Tangalle

Just a 20-minute tuk-tuk ride from Hiriketiya lies the stunning Silent Beach. Silent Beach is a large stretch of bright golden sand next to a long line of lush green palm trees. 

Silent Beach, is well and truly silent with just a handful of small beach bars spread out across the shore.

You can spend the day here at one of the local bars, soaking up the sun and drinking fresh coconuts, and truly embracing the silence. 

The waves at silent beach can get quite strong, so just be mindful of this if you’re planning on going for a swim. 


This is certainly one of the best things to do in Hiriketiya, and probably one of the most unique and beautiful beaches I have ever been too.

Do not miss this one.

Go on a safari at Udawalawe National Park 

Ready to escape the beach for the day? Then a trip to Udawalawe National Park is in order. Udawalawe National Park is just a 90-minute drive from Hiriketiya.

It’s the perfect opportunity to see some of Sri Lanka’s finest wildlife, including elephants crocodiles, water buffalos, and if you’re super lucky, even leopards!

If you are planning a day trip from Hiriketiya then you can book your half-day safari tour here

However, if you would prefer to stay in the area for the night then I would recommend getting a taxi to Udawalawe and staying the night at  Lizard Safari Point.

You can book a Safari tour directly through the hotel for just £40 and also get a 3-bed treehouse for just £15 per night (with a huge breakfast included). This is the option I went and it was such an incredible experience.

Book on a cooking class

If you want to learn more about Sri Lankan culture then booking a cooking class is a great option.

Here you will be able to whip up local Sri Lankan delicacies such as dhal, kottu rotti and string hoppers.

If you’re looking for something unique to do in Hiriketiya , then give Rosie’s cooking class a try!

Party and Dots and Zig Zag bar

If you’re up for a party then make to check out Dots and  Zig Zag bar. During the week these bars take turns to host the “official” party night in Hiriketiya.

On a Tuesday and a Saturday, Dots is the place to be. On a Friday night, you’ll find everyone heading to Zig Zag bar. Don’t be surprised if there is a bit of karaoke going on.

Get some work done

The digital nomad scene in Sri Lanka is on the rise and Hiriketiya is a great spot to come if you’re looking to meet fellow digital nomads, and of course, get some work done.

There are 3 dedicated co-working spaces in Hiriketiya. All of which I have tried and tested and can definitely recommend. 

These are: 

My personal favourite was Clics Co-living as it had the best Wi-Fi. However, if you want a space that also provides food then Dots and Verse Collective will be the best options for you.

You can read my complete guide to the best co-working spots in Hiriketiya here.

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Visit Blue Beach Island

Blue Beach Island is a great option if you are looking for a change of scenery from the usual Hiriketiya Beach. You can either catch a 10-minute tuk-tuk or if you prefer to get your legs moving, a 30-minute walk.

Blue Beach Island is attached to the mainland by a small sand bar, giving it that private island feel.

The water here is super clear (and blue) hence the name Blue Beach Island. You can spend the day here chilling, swimming and snorkelling.

If you are after a bit more adventure you can also scuba dive here, as well as book an overnight camping experience.

Hiriketiya FAQ’s

Where is Hiriketiya beach located?

Hiriketiya rests in the southernmost region of Sri Lanka, in close proximity to the Dondra Lighthouse, which is the country’s most southerly point.

What is the difference between Hiriketiya and Dickwella?

Dickwella is a small village in which Hiriketiya Bay is located.

Hiriketiya is the most popular part of Dickwella, simply because this is where you’ll find some of the best restaurants, bars and parties.

If you’re ever confused about the difference between Hiriketiya/Dickwella just know they are pretty much the same place.

Is Hiriketiya worth visiting?

YES x 100! I’ve been to Sri Lanka twice, and out of everywhere I have been, Hiriketiya has to be my favourite place.

It’s a small town but there is something magical about it that will probably see you extending your stay.

Whenever I daydream back to my time in Sri Lanka, It’s always a daydream about Hiriketiya!

When is the best time to visit Hiriketiya?

Hiriketiya experiences its dry season between December and March, providing the best time for a visit if you prefer hot, sunny days without any rain

May to October is when Hiriketiya experiences it’s rainy season. During this period you can expect a hot and humid climate, and lots of torrential downpours.

The best time to visit Hiriketiya is definitely during the dry season. It’s a beach town after all.

How to get to Hiriketiya?

Hiriketiya is easily accessible by private taxi, train and bus.

For a comprehensive guide on the different ways to get to Hiriketiya, you can check out my guide here.

How many days in Hiriketiya?

I would probably say that 3 days in Hiriketiya is enough to see what this town has to offer.

However, as I have mentioned a lot during this blog post, you’ll probably want to extend your stay.

I ended up spending a total of 2 weeks here, and could have spent much longer if my schedule allowed.

Where are the best places to stay in Hiriketiya?

Some of the best hotels and hostels in Hiriketiya include: 

Alternatively, you can read by complete guide to the best hostels and hotels in Hiriketiya here.

When is the best time to surf in Hiriketiya?

The best time to surf in Hiriketiya for beginners is between December – February.

This peak season offers a gentler swell, perfect for those new to the sport.

However, for the more advanced surfers out there, August – December is the best time to visit.

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Happy Exploring

I hope you have a wonderful time exploring all that Hiriketiya has to offer. If you have any more questions about anything discussed in this blog post, please feel free to reach out!

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