Just 17km from Galle is the most popular beach spot in the Southern Coast. Hikkaduwa is dotted with surf shops, cafes, tropical bars, souvenir shops, curious eating joints and colourful beach wear painting the streets. From the dull ride along the highway, as you enter the town you are immediately captured by its busy allure and impulsive vibe. Ideal to perfect your tan, surf the waves, scuba dive into the deep blue, party all night long, indulge in scrumptious street food, or simply relax. Once a sleepy fishing village, traces of its laid back personality has been transformed into an exciting holiday destination. Hikkaduwa attracts many tourists and offers a wide range of accommodation, surf shops and diving centers. It is mostly popular amongst youngsters and backpackers.