Why You Absolutely MUST Visit Hiriketiya Beach In Sri Lanka
Looking to find the best beach in Sri Lanka? Well, well, well… we can confirm we found Sri Lanka’s best beach called Hiriketiya Beach in Dikwella. Originally we had booked a few nights to stay in Dikwella, but as soon as we found Hiriketiya Beach next door, we decided to stay much longer.
To be honest, we didn’t think we would find a great beach in Sri Lanka because we had just come from Maldives BUT Hiriketiya Beach literally pulled out all of the stops. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the best beach in Sri Lanka!
We paid for a tuk tuk to drive us from Rekawa to Dikwella (50 minute drive) and paid 1800R. You can get a bus from Tangalle that would take about an hour and probably wouldn’t cost more than 100R each.
After spending time in hospital in Tangelle, we decided to splash out on some decent Dikwella accommodation and booked ourselves into Crystal Resort & Spa for two nights (AU$80 a night). We didn’t realise when we booked it but it actually only opened two days before we arrived.
The staff were super friendly and professional and our room was beautiful. With views out to the outdoor pool and onto the ocean, it was perfect for us.
What I loved about our room was being able to have a bath for the first time in a long time (we never had one in Australia whilst we lived there) and the bed was so comfy, it was a nice change to actually have a duvet to keep us cool from the aircon rather than a sheet.
There's another Western looking could be in Bali restaurant called The Grove, owned by Australians and they actually had an Aussie menu but only served it until 1pm. After then, it was just expensive tacos on the menu until their dinner menu started. It was nice to see the brunch menu and have a smoothie bowl again 🙂
We did however find a roti shop just off the beach next Jesmi guesthouse. This place was awesome, a great little restaurant outside a family home and we loved it not only for the pricing, but because the food was good and it felt right to support a local family.
There's quite a few Hiriketiya Beach yoga classes twice a day at 8am and 4pm at Dots (a great hostel btw too), Salt and Jasper House.
Because our homestay was opposite Jasper House (it's also a brilliant place to stay if you're looking for Dikwella luxury accommodation. Check for rates here.) we went there on the two mornings we spent in Hirikitiya. It cost 1200R (about AU$10) but we absolutely loved it. The class was led by another Westerner and from what I could see, the other classes were too around the island.
I felt so inspired seeing all the fit surfers that I also went running early in the mornings before yoga and it felt awesome. There's loads of little lanes to run around and it was fascinating that running just 15 minutes down the road from our guest house was a surprise for all of the locals. Everyone came out to say hi to me and it was lovely.
After four days in Hiriketiya Beach, I had a really emotional goodbye with a place I had truly loved so much I hadn't felt like this since we left Fulidhoo in Maldives. There's not many places in the world that make me cry when I have to leave them and Hiriketiya Beach was one of them.
Now knowing what the other beaches are like up the coast like Mirissa, I would have happily stayed in Hiriketiya Beach until we had to catch our flight out of Sri Lanka.
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