Hikkaduwa is a seaside tourist town in Sri Lanka’s southwest. It’s noted for its strong surf and beaches, especially Hikkaduwa Beach, which is lined with restaurants and cafes and has palm trees. The Hikkaduwa National Park, which is a coral sanctuary and home to marine turtles and rare species, is located in the shallow waters opposite Hikkaduwa Beach. Inland, the Buddhist shrine Gangarama Maha Vihara is embellished with hand-painted murals.