Hikkaduwa appears to
have been an early tourist destination in Ceylon, for J. W.
Bennett reported in 1843 that it “is most pleasantly situated, and
a great resort of picnic parties from Galle”. Traditionally
associated with the cultivation of coconuts, rice and cinnamon,
plumbago mining, and the manufacture of lace and drum frames,
Hikkaduwa has emerged as a modern destination for sun-seekers and
Lying 98km south of Colombo on the west coast, Hikkaduwa comprises
a number of different areas stretching from north to south. The
main town of Hikkaduwa is the most ‘Sri Lankan’ of all areas and
features the bus stand, train station and police station at one
end, and the dive stations and big hotels at the other end,
further south. Next is the Wewala area packed full of guesthouses
and small restaurants, internet cafés and bars. Finally, a little
further to the south is Narigama, which is a little quieter but
has numerous guesthouses.