Hikkaduwa and the south coast of Sri Lanka offer a variety of day excursions from the resort. You can go whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa, visit the sea turtle hatchery in Kosgoda, get views of colonial life style at the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum in Koggala, photograph the stilt Fishermen In Ahangama, or explore the Kanneliya Rainforest.
The UNESCO World Heritage City of Galle is about 25 minutes away. A visit to the 400 year old fort is a must, with interesting shopping and lots of pleasant places to have a drink and eat lunch. The Fort was first built by the Portuguese in 1588 before being extensively fortified by the Dutch in the mid-1600s. The fort area is a unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries." Whether on a guided walk or strolling along the narrow streets, today you will see clear and well maintained evidence of the Dutch influence. Today a museum occupies the stables; jewelry shops abound; cafes emerge from behind restored columns; interior design shops mingle with book stores and fashion outlets. The newly restored Galle Dutch Hospital has been transformed into a striking new shopping complex. The union of old world charm and modern sophistication houses 20 exclusive stores featuring that offer handicrafts, paintings, spices and jewelry coupled with a wide offering of restaurants and cafes.
Whale and dolphin watching
When you embark on a whale/dolphin watching excursion off the Southern coast of Sri Lanka, the ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the blue whales, will nonchalantly glide past you, The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point and Mirissa harbor – both very accessible from Hikkaduwa. The best time is during the months of December to April but you can really go at any time, all you need to take is a boat to take you few kilometers from the shore, which can easily be arranged. Pods of Dolphins, incuding; spinner, bottle nosed, stripped, and Risso's dolphin can frequently be seen accompanying boats. Blue and Sperm Whales in large numbers frequent the coastline of Sri Lanka during this migration period and can be viewed near Mirissa beach