Hikkaduwa or Unawatuna
Southern resorts Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna are very close, separated by only 25 kilometers. They are both worthy of a visit, and ideally you should visit here and there. But not everyone is perfect option of changing resorts, especially if you stay on the reservation. In this case, you have to tie yourself to one of them, and it is very important not to be mistaken with a choice, otherwise the holiday experience can be a little spoiled. Here is our comparison of resorts Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna, which I hope will help you make the right choice:
The beaches at both resorts are good, but far from ideal. And although the Discovery channel once turned on the Unawatuna beach in top ten beaches on the planet, it makes us (the authors) true bewilderment.
So, the unextended Unawatuna beach, on the strength of 1 kilometer. The rest of the beach for bathing and relaxing is not suitable, as close to the water built up with hotels and restaurants. Beautiful palm trees stretching to the water, there is no trace. Water activities and sunbeds on the beaches abound. But the main advantage of Unawatuna the beach is protected from waves by a coral reef, and why it is considered one of the most suitable for swimming beaches in the South. On the Western edge of the beach there is a pool, perfect for swimming with children. There is another in Unawatuna beach, Jungle Beach. He is a 20-minute walk from the centre through the forest. This is a very tiny beach, but much more beautiful and cozy. Unfortunately, today it is so filled with tourists that sometimes there is simply no place where to sit or where to swim.The Unawatuna Beach
In Hikkaduwa beach is just huge compared to Unawatuna. Its length is at least 4 kilometers, and, for a while pervasis, he then again proceeds in both directions from the resort on many more miles. Entertainment abound here, too, the sunbeds are. But especially good local waters for surfers, because there is almost always on the shore rolled waves. Not to say that swimmers don't belong here, but in the low season to swim here is dangerous because of the waves.The beach just North of Hikkaduwa
Both year-round resort, and as usual, stands out for high and low season. However, if in Unawatuna low season passes almost unnoticed, in the Ways they created problems for travelers. From may to October in Hikkaduwa constantly blowing wind creates strong waves, sometimes even a storm. At this time, some hotels close for renovations or vacations.
The tourist seasons in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna months*
Resort/month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Hikkaduwa Unawatuna
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visitOn the wave of Hikkaduwa
Unawatuna is very compact, and the entire infrastructure it is concentrated along one of the tiny streets Welle Dewalaya. Hikkaduwa stretched for several kilometers along the busiest road Gale Road, which is not very nice.
At the same time in Unawatuna there is a liquor store, a normal supermarket, there is no official currency exchange and even ATM. If you want to buy something big, find a pharmacy, you have to go to Galle, where shops abound. In Hikkaduwa with it is much better, and there are at least a few alcohol shops and some large supermarkets. Overall, Unawatuna compared with the Golden Sands looks like a village, and at the same time peaceful tourist Paradise. But if you need to find a travel Agency, Shuttle service, motorbike rental, all this can be found in Unawatuna, just have a little longer to look.The main street in Hikkaduwa
How to get
Hikkaduwa is a little closer to the international airport of Colombo, and to get there a little easier and cheaper than to Unawatuna.
Prices in both places are almost the same, but Unawatuna is considered a more backpacker place, i.e. more orientated towards budget backpackers willing to settle for a room with private facilities on the street and with cold water for mere rupees. Hikkaduwa, on the contrary rather a place for package tourists, though if you want you can find plenty of budget guesthouses, especially quantitatively, the choice of accommodation here is much broader than in Unawatuna.
By the way, due to the fact that Hikkaduwa is a popular destination for package holidays, it is much more Russian-speaking tourists from Ukraine and Russia.
Attractions & sightseeing
Hi there, there are no major interesting places and attractions to be enjoyed on their own or with a guided tour in the centre of the island, where you can see the rock of Sigiriya, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the cultural capital of Kandy, national parks, etc.
By bus from both resorts you can visit the city of Galle and its Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site. Also by bus you can visit the turtle farm in Habaraduwa. From Hikkaduwa can be rolled up on the bus along the coast to the North to Hikkaduwaand on the way to visit some interesting places.
As for the attractions that you can visit while Hiking resorts in Hikkaduwa to see nothing at all, while in Unawatuna you can at least visit a couple of temples and pagodas, take a walk in the forest jungle of Rumassala.Yatagala temple near Unawatuna