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Coral Sanctuary in Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is a popular tourist destination in the South of Sri Lanka. Located under 100 km away from the capital it is now accessible in less than an hour thanks to the Southern express way. Given credit for its beautiful beaches the small town is a host to many hotels. Hikkaduwa streets are filled with street vendors selling colourful beach wear and their are plenty of eateries and cafes to make one’s stay as comfortable as possible.

Among the many places available to stay in while in Hikkaduwa one that gains significant prominence is Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa. The property is designed in order to preserve the surrounding natural habitat and tries to be environment friendly at all times. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation and is located in close proximity to the beach.

One of the key attractions in Hikkaduwa is the natural coral reefs it is blessed with. It is one of the popular places to observe corals in the country. Not too far from the shore or not too deep under the water one can find many varieties of multi colored corals. The identified varieties of corals are approximately 70. The waters are around three to four meters deep and this environment is ideal to go snorkeling in. There are many facilities in the area that rent out fins and masks as well as allow visitors to hire equipment at reasonable rates. These corals are home to a wide variety of fish and make up a vital part of the marine eco system due to their richness in bio diversity. Hence it is the responsibility of the visitors to leave this nature’s blessing unharmed.

One of the popular options to explore the corals is the glass bottom boat rides which is an up close and personal experience for those who do not want to dive in.


Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.