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Reviewed January 19, 2020 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: January 2020
1  Thank chamathf2014
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Reviewed January 17, 2020

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.

Date of experience: January 2020
1  Thank 94jamesd
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Reviewed January 14, 2020

Best is to go early morning around 6:30am or at 5pm to avoid the harsh sun and the crowd. The sea is very calm and you can swim in it. There are no corals so does not make sense trying to snorkel. The sea has small waves so its ideal for those who want to learn how to surf since the sea is not rough. There are many shops by the beach renting out surf boards for Rs. 500/- per hour and giving instructor lessons for Rs. 3,000/- per lesson. They also rent out sun lounge chairs for Rs. 300/- per hour and there are many shops that sell drinks, food and alcohol. There are many restaurants nearby where you can have lunch and dinner from and the rates per person are between Rs. 500/- to Rs. 2,000/- depending on what you order and where you eat from.

What I hated was that it was overcrowded with too many surfers during the day time and local vendors trying to force foreigners to buy things and not giving you privacy.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Evarts123
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Reviewed January 11, 2020

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.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank Seevali D
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Reviewed January 11, 2020 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Nthusiast-RCJ
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