Conde Nast Traveler has listed “Hiriketiya, Sri Lanka”, in its list of The 30 Best Beaches in the World.
by Jetwing ·
Hiriketiya is a beautiful bay near the southern town of Dickwella. Although it’s not the secret that it used to be, it’s still unique and untouched.
Hiriketiya is at its peak after the south-west monsoon has passed. This usually occurs in October, but rain may fall as late as early December. The dry weather typically lasts until April, allowing you to enjoy great beach days throughout the European and North American winter months.
Life is all about good vibes and great energy on this stretch of the Sri Lankan coast, but there are also some fun and thrilling things to partake in.
‘Hiri’ is not the widest or most sandiest beach in Sri Lanka, but if there is one reason so many people visit Hiriketiya, it is for the surf! Yes, this is one of the surf spots on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The variety of its waves is well-known. Two separate breaks collide in the bay. There’s a difficult reef that breaks over urchin-infested shallow rocks, which is typical of Sri Lanka. That is something that should only be done by experienced surfers. Beginners can ride the Hiri beach wave. It’s laid-back and easygoing, with a ride that can extend for up to 100 meters across a sandy bottom.
The beach is surrounded by palm trees; rustic cocktails are served by local cafés on the shoreline. Hiriketiya is more than just a surfing destination; it’s popular with yogis & locals. The relaxed atmosphere is difficult to overcome, so if you’re looking for a relaxing life, you can head straight to the Hiriketiya beach in Sri Lanka.
In the shallows, turtles raise their heads like periscopes, a short tuk-tuk ride or a stroll around the headland can get you to the often-deserted Kudawella bay. Keep an eye out for the one-of-a-kind blowhole on the neighboring headland.