Hiriketiya Beach: The Surf Spot of Sri Lanka (Dikwella) Hiriketiya Beach: The Surf Spot of Sri Lanka (Dikwella)

Hiriketiya Beach: The Surf Spot of Sri Lanka (Dikwella)

Dikwella is a small town in the southern part of Sri Lanka. Dikwella (officially Dickwella) is popular for its great surf spots on Hiriketiya Beach and its Yoga retreats. Trendy restaurants and hotels are popping up the recent years so it is becoming a destination to add on a Sri Lanka Route. It’s so small that you can get to all the spots within a 20-min walk. Don’t worry, there are plenty of tuk-tuks around. Plan to spend a day or two doing one of these things to do in Dikwella.

Surf & Chill at Hiriketiya Beach

Hiriketiya Beach (also called Hiri) is a great small bay to chill out or surf. The water is beautifully clear, and there are a few good bars located near the beach.

dikwella sri lanka surf lessons

Waves at Hiriketiya Beach are getting famous, so more and more surfers find Hiri as a place to hang out for a while. Rent a board and maybe get a lesson directly from the guys on the beach.

Dots is the most popular place at Hiri Beach; they throw parties in the evening with live music.

things to do dikwella

Visit the Most Southern Tip of Sri Lanka

Dondra Lighthouse is a small 15-minute drive from Hiriketiya (Dikwella) and is known as the most southern tip of Sri Lanka. The massive lighthouse is a beautiful white and yellow-colored building surrounded by palms. Definitely worth a visit.

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Hiriketiya Beach: The Surf Spot of Sri Lanka (Dikwella)

After Dikwella, go explore one of the things to do in Mirissa or stay in Yala National Park.

Hiriketiya Dikwella Dondra Lighthouse

Yoga in Hiriketiya (Dikwella)

Salt House is the place to be to follow a Yoga retreat in Dikwella. Their classes are in the open jungle in a beautiful location. Don’t forget to have a great bite at their restaurant as well.

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Visit the World’s 2nd Biggest Blowhole

Just outside of Dikwella is a well-known attraction, the Hummanaya blowhole. The water power builds up and forces itself into the narrow opening of a rock. Once the water hits, you will almost hear a thunderstorm sound followed by a spray of water that can reach up to 36 meters in the air!

Hiriketiya Dikwella beach blowhole

Take a swing on the beach

Swings are awesome, and Sri Lanka has many around the country. There is one swing located on the beach next to Dickwella Beach Resort. The other one is at Mahi Mahi Restaurant in the next bay.

Note: We have been updated that the tree swing in the photo below, unfortunately, doesn’t exist anymore.

Hiriketiya Dikwella palm swing sunset

Work, Eat, Skate & Chill at Verse Collective

Yes, work! Verse Collective is one of the first co-working spaces in Sri Lanka. They opened up in November 2017 and created a very good name for themselves. As Hiriketiya Beach is getting more popular, Verse Collective chose to start at the next quiet bay. They serve great food, have hostel rooms, and are the go-to place for every Digital Nomad.

Where to Stay in Hiriketiya

There are plenty of beautiful accommodation options located around Hiriketiya Beach, from upscale resorts to more budget coastal cabins.

Restaurants in Hiriketiya

Restaurants in Dikwella are good, very trendy, and definitely one of the most expensive you will have in Sri Lanka. We’ve rated them by yummy (♥️) rating.

  • Malu Poke – ♥️♥️♥️♥️
  • Verse Collective – ♥️♥️♥️
  • Dots Beach House – ♥️♥️♥️
  • Salt House – ♥️♥️
  • The Grove Lanka – ♥️
Hiriketiya Dikwella Dots Beach House

22/08/2023 https://www.saltinourhair.com/sri-lanka/hiriketiya-dikwella/
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  • Shane Joyce

    Myself and my wife (to be very soon) will be going to Sri Lanka on our honeymoon next Febuary. I have a pretty good route done so far (with great help from you guys). I wonder if you could help me just a little bit more. I’m torn between two spots: Arugam Bay and Dickwella. If you had to choose a few days in one which would you choose. I know it may be difficult. Going the Dickwella route cuts out a little bit of extra travel (coming from Ella via Cinamon Yala) but at the moment I might be slightly leaning towards Arugam Bay which is giving my Bali vibes.
    Any help would be wondeful and takes also for all the help you have been so far.
    Kind regards,

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Shane, both locations are amazing, and you won’t be disappointed either way. But if you’re planning to visit Yala, Arugam Bay is worth stopping by for a few days, especially if you’re after Bali vibes. Congrats & have an incredible honeymoon!

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