Another southern town, Hikkaduwa was one of the most popular tourist beaches. Unfortunately, it overcrowded which led to the depletion of the rich coral belt surrounding it. It is now fairly crowded with locals on weekend holidays, and is not as much of a key tourist destination anymore, although various water activities such as snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving and glass-bottomed boat rides are still common. Apart from the beach and the coral gardens, the tropical marine life and the Turtle Hatchery are also great places to visit.
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About 114 km south of Colombo, Hikkaduwa is also accessible via the Southern Expressway, and you should be able to reach it within 1hr 40 minutes.