Hiriketiya Beach
Hiriketiya Beach
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,975 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Five of us, three adults and two kids stayed in a hotel from 22nd to 25th December 2019, close to the Hiriketya Beach with its lovely turquoise waters.
The beach is in an oval shaped cove or a bay, sheltered on either side with two hillocks that protect the bay from strong winds. The calm shallow waters invite you with its appealing and turquois blue. There is no current and the waves are gentle.
There were many surfers too, some closer to the beach, others further away closer to bay entrance. Surfing boards are available at Rs 500 per hour or Rs 1500 for the whole day. Three of us had surfing lessons from one of the many available instructors and the cost was Rs 9000 for two hours. Though surfing is available throughout the year, non-monsoonal months October to April are calm and preferable.
All along this 500-metre-long beach are many cafes, restaurants and surfing board hires. Beach chairs are dotted all along with many guests enjoying the sun and this marvellous little beach at a rustic village in a hidden corner of Sri Lanka.
Expect the beach to be crowded and full of tourists, surfers and swimmers during the season November to March.
Written January 11, 2020
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Harry Gato
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
Between 10am and 5pm you can walk from one end of this beach to the other across the loungers and then back again over the surf on top of the boards without getting any sand or sea in-between your toes.

Despite this it’s a beautiful bay that we had more or less to ourselves at sunrise every morning. You can also find a nice spot under a tree to read your book away from the bars that play non-stop reggae.

Businesses have grown organically along the beach and it’s just a matter of time before more established hotels take over. C’est La Vie!

There are some great places to eat and sleep near Hiri beach. If you’re looking for a quiet, chilled-out, deserted spot then head to Dikwella beach and the guys at Machan’s hut will sort you out with a magical g&t.
Written January 14, 2022
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Alfredo R
Olhao, Portugal151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Absolutely loved this beach, the vibe, and the views. If you want to chill, swim, snorkeling or surf - this place is the right one. Away from crowds with a few places to eat, drink and get a sunbed. You can rent surfboards (very cheap) in here . There are 2 surfing areas: the main beach break (perfect for beginners) and a fast left wave in the Eastern side of the beach. I was surfing when green turtles popped up right under me! That was so unique. The vibe in the water is also incredible - people surfing here are very cheering and happy. No screaming or unnecessary competition for waves. It's just perfect. So far my favorite beach in Sri Lanka ! The western side of the beach is very calm and no waves if you want to swim and snorkel.
Upon consuming something at the beach bar you can use the sunbeds without any extra charge (opposite to most places in Unawatuna, Dalawella or Mirissa).
Written February 12, 2022
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James D
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you’re reading this then you are about 2 years too late to visit what used to be Sri Lankas most beautiful beach.
What was once a postcard is now covered with foam board rental shops and bob marley playing tiki bars, with rubbish strewn everywhere, plastic bottles and straws lapping in the water, and beginner surfers dropping in on anybody catching a wave.
Go at sunrise to catch a glimpse at what once was, get your instagram shot, and be gone elsewhere after 5 minutes before it’s descended on by the mob.
Written January 17, 2020
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Chamath Fernando
Colombo, Sri Lanka226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This beach is known to be a recently developed destination in Sri Lanka. The tourist area is concentrated around lovely beach of a small bay that is surrounded by a green thicket. The area is full of budget accommodation, restaurants facing the beach and a range of water sports. The water sports equipment are available to hire at reasonable costs. Local community is extremely hospitable towards the tourists. I must visit if you love serene beaches.
Written January 19, 2020
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Susan S
New York City, NY7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Hiriketiya really is a lovely little beach and my friends and I had a nice 3 days of relaxation here at the end of our 3 week trip, but I did not love it. It is quite a small beach and most of it is taken up by surf board rentals, restaurant/cafe tables and sun loungers for rent, leaving almost no sand free. You really do need to rent sun loungers as there is little space to spread out your towels on the sand and if you have children there isn't much room for them to play. It may be a good spot to learn to surf, but if that is not your aim there may be better options.
Written January 26, 2020
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Richard j
Markham, Canada419 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We had stopped en route from Yala to Matara for what we hoped would be a quick swim in a quiet cove...

Instead, the area around the beach was disappointingly chaotic, clogged with traffic, and virtually inaccessible.

The rapidly developing area adjacent is too cramped to accommodate all the surfers and Instagram tourists.

The beach is small, over-crowded, and consequently uninviting. Even our overheated kids were discouraged and didn’t want to stay.

A far cry from the “most beautiful beach in the world” we’d read about.
Written January 11, 2020
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Yeoubi Hiriketiya
Nilwella, Sri Lanka5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Hiriketiya Beach is one of the places we had heard least about when we were planning our 3 week trip around Sri Lanka. I wouldn’t quite call it the hidden gem of the south coast, as it is growing in popularity, but it’s not too far off it.
The neighboring town, Dikwella (known locally as Dickwella), has become a huge draw to people visiting Sri Lanka’s south coast. The laid-back lifestyle and surf vibes at Hiriketiya Beach and Dikwella have created those amazing coastal towns we absolutely love. The result is this magnetic draw similar to other trendy surf towns worldwide, whether it is Siargao in the Philippines, Tofino in Canada or Margaret River in Australia – people love the environment it creates. The fun atmosphere and dreamy setting make it an incredible place to spend a few days. There are loads of awesome things to do, cheap places to eat and endless waves to surf.
Written September 30, 2023
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John M
Chichester, England, United Kingdom8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
You're five years too late. This place used to be great: the surf is phenomenal for beginners/ intermediates and the beach is stunning. My family was here in 2019 and it was wonderful. It's now awful; full of private stone & glass villas called things like 'M@NG' and 'Sponge' that are full of people with daddy's Centurion card pretending they're roughing it. Don't go in the sea if the lagoon has burst, either, or you'll get sick.
Written April 3, 2024
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Steven S
Pattaya, Thailand778 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
One of the more popular beaches for tourists along the SL coastline. The beach is not all that long and is lined all along wirh beach vendors selling food, drink & sunbeds (free if you buy something). With all the sunbeds it doesn't leave much open sand to enjoy.
Very safe for swimming though you do have to keep an eye on the beginner surfers taking advantage of the smaller waves in the centre of the beach. Experienced surfers head out to the eastern pount where the waves are bigger.
Food & drinks are not cheap but that's the trade off for a slice of paradise.
Written March 12, 2024
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