Hiriketiya Beach, or what some call “Hiri Beach,” is an upcoming popular tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. If you are seeking the best places for surfing in Sri Lanka, then you should not miss this beautiful spot. It is popular for its calm nature, yoga activities, delicious foods, and golden sands. This is certainly a marvelous place for those who love beach life.

Location

Hiriketiya Beach is situated in the Matara District of the Southern Province. It’s a narrow bay. The area and surroundings are comprised of many palm trees. The distance from Colombo is 193km and from Galle is 64km. However, it’s not far away from Matara City and it’s about 21km. You can easily come to Matara via the Southern Expressway from Colombo. Unfortunately, there are no train roads nearby. Dickwella is the closest town to the beach, and it is 2km away. Busses are available from Matara to Dickwella. You can then easily access the location by tuk tuk.

More Facts About Hiri Beach

Hiriketiya Beach is a surfing paradise. It is the main attraction of this marvelous destination. This is a more suitable place for beginner surfers. The waves are superb all year round. You can rent surf boards from many places out there on the beach. The experts and guides will help you with the matter of ‘how to do surfing’.

The place is also nice for swimming. It’s less deep and you can walk a long distance towards the sea. As well, the place is awesome for other beach activities like snorkeling.

The surrounding palm tree forest has added additional beauty. Anyhow, Hiri Beach is a relatively small spot. But there are many restaurants and cafes nearby. Accommodation is also available nearby for those who are searching for budget, mid-range, and luxury stays.

Climate

The average annual rainfall of the Dickwella area is around 1500mm. From October to December, the area receive more rainfall than other times of the year. The Average Annual Temperature is about 28 ’C. The wind speed is high in the May to September months, and the wave speed is high in this season. Hiriketiya Beach is the best place to visit from October to March. You can experience a hot and humid climate in almost all coastal areas of the island.

Other Places to Visit in the Matara Area

  • Tangalle Beach
  • Weligama Bay
  • Talalla Beach
  • Hummanaya Blowhole
  • Dickwella Beach

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(Featured Photo Credit: Villa Roy Hiriketiya Dikwella Sri Lanka )

Nilaveli Beach is another popular and beautiful coastal area in Sri Lanka. It is situated in Nilaveli village in the Trincomalee District of Eastern Province. The distance from Tricomalee to Nilaveli is 16km. It takes around 25 minutes to reach there. The distance from Colombo to Nilaveli Beach is 280km.

Trincomalee is a major city in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. It is very popular due to its natural harbour. The majority of the people in this area are Tamil. You need to turn your vehicle on to Pulmoddai road in Tincomalee to reach the Nilaveli beach. Google Maps will direct you to the final location.

Nilaveli is a beach with white sands and moderate waves. It is much wider than other beaches in Sri Lanka. A suitable place for surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, boat tours, and sunbathing. That has attracted many local and international tourists to the place. But it is less crowded than the other beaches in the south of Sri Lanka.

From the beach, you can see an island around 2 kilometers away. It is called Pigeon Island National Park” and is a rich place for bio-diversity. It is further considered as one of the two marine national parks in the region. A boat safari to Pigeon Island is another awesome activity that you can experience in Nilaveli. You can see many species of plants, different fish types, and corals around the island.

October–February is the rainy season in the Eastern Province. Average annual rainfall is around 1250mm–1500mm, and the average annual temperature is around 27°C–34°C. Wind speeds are much higher in the June and December months.

There are a few vendors, hotels, and restaurants around Nilaveli Beach. A hot and humid climate is ideal for enjoying a fresh coconut. So, don’t forget to visit this beach if you love to travel in eastern Sri Lanka.

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(Cover Image Credit: Vithurshan Photography from Facebook)