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Hiriketiya Beach In Sri Lanka – A Complete Guide

Hiriketiya Beach Sri Lanka, also known as Hiriketiya Bay, is a stunning surf spot located in the South. Here’s all you need to know for visiting.

How To Get To Hiriketiya Beach Sri Lanka

Hiriketiya Beach is located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, just next door to the town of Dikwella.

To reach Dikwella we hopped on the local bus from Mirissa. It’s super cheap and took roughly an hour.

From Dikwella it’s roughly a 20 minute walk to reach Hiriketiya Beach.

The other option is to rent scooters for the day, which cost around 1,000 Rupees per day.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Best Time To Visit + Tips

The best time to visit the west and south coasts, and hill country of Sri Lanka, is from December – March.

While the best time to visit the east coast is from April/May – September.

The best options for visiting Hiriketiya Beach would be either sunrise, or sunset, depending on what you’re looking for.

In the early morning is when you’ll find the majority surfers out catching the best waves.

Whereas in the evenings is when the beach front bars/food shacks come alive. Making for an awesome spot to hang out at and watch the sunset with friends. 


DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 90D

Tripod: Zomei Z666 Tripod

Day Bag: Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50

Sunscreen: Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF-50

Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Rain Jacket: Columbia Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Lauren jumping for joy at Hiriketiya Bay Sri Lanka

What To Expect At Hiriketiya Beach Sri Lanka

Hiriketiya Beach Sri Lanka, also known as Hiriketiya Bay, is a small stretch of beach that curves around the outside of Dikwella.

With the curve forming a bay like shape it causes the waves to come in high, attracting many surfers to the area.

Arugam Bay is one of the most recognisable surf spots in Sri Lanka, although many people head to Hiriketiya Beach Sri Lanka for a quieter scene.

There are a lot less people around and it attracts a much more chilled crowd.

If you’re not into surf then Hiriketiya Beach is still a perfect little spot to chill for the afternoon.

With hipster restaurants and quirky cafes dotted along the beach, you can relax and have a great time watching the surfer in action and enjoy the good vibes.

We almost forgot to mention that Hiriketiya Beach has some of the softest golden sand we saw on the whole island. With palm trees hanging over the bay, Hiriketiya Beach really is a jungle paradise.

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The tropical paradise – Hiriketiya Bay Sri Lanka
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Hiriketiya Bay Sri Lanka is definitely one of the most quiet beaches we visited

Where To Stay In Mirissa

Luxury – Paradise Beach Club Mirissa

Paradise Beach Club features a beach facing outdoor pool with spa pool surrounded by palm trees and sun loungers.

Offering rooms with free WiFi in Mirissa South, the hotel also has a spa and restaurant. 

Paradise Beach Club is 200 yards from a whale watching spot in Mirissa. Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is 51 miles away. 

Offering a terrace or balcony, each room features a satellite TV, seating and dining areas. Private bathroom includes a bath or shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.

Mid-Budget – Peacock Villa Mirissa

Offering a spa and wellness centre, Peacock Villa is located just 650 yards from the famous Whale Watching Mirissa.

Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a seating area and balcony.

Featuring a shower, private bathroom comes with a hairdryer and a bidet. You can enjoy garden view from the room. 

At Peacock Villa you will find a 24-hour front desk, barbecue facilities and shared kitchen. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, a tour desk and dry cleaning.

Budget – JJ’s Hostel

Showcasing an expansive rooftop terrace with day-beds and barbeque, JJ’s Hostel Mirissa is a boutique hostel and guesthouse located in Mirissa North, only a few minutes walk from the beach. 

All private rooms include a patio/sitting area with a day-bed where you can relax.

All rooms feature luxury mattresses, linen and private modern bathrooms.

Dormitories feature air-conditioning and personal lockers with attached modern bathrooms. 

There is luggage storage space at the property. The hostel has large communal areas, a garden and kitchenette.

For more places to stay in Mirissa, you can check the latest prices on

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Monday 25th of October 2021

Looks beautiful! Curious, when you take picture together like in this post, do you use a tripod? I'm always so nervous to set on up in case someone tries to steal it lol

Charlie Pauly

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

Haha yes I always take my photos on a tripod and haven't had any issues yet in 5 years.