Hikkaduwa or Bentota: what to choose
Bentota and Hikkaduwa are some of the most popular beaches on the West coast of Sri Lanka, are close to each other, are susceptible to the same seasons, so very often the question arises, which one to choose to stay. To make it easier to deal with this issue, read our comparison of these resorts.
As already mentioned, the resorts are close to each other (they are separated by slightly more than 30 kilometers), and so the weather and the seasons here are the same. High season lasts from October to April, low from may to September.
At both resorts hotels abound, but in Ways much more choice of budget accommodation, budget guesthouses. In Bentota, on the contrary, more expensive luxury hotels for the package holiday. It is because of Bentota is more "batch" place, and Hikkaduwa attracts more independent travelers and young people.
Hard to say with certainty where the beaches are better, they're just here, in principle, different. What unites them is that they are not perfect.
The Hikkaduwa beach has a length of about 6 miles, suitable for bathing and recreation, the strip just 3 km away. The closer to the center of Hikkaduwa you will move along the beach, the narrower it becomes, and sometimes just stops.
In Bentota there are several areas and beaches: the beach of Bentota, Induruwa, Bentota, Aluthgama. In General these beaches are wider, longer and more beautiful than Hikkaduwa.
Entertainment and amenities on the beach just like in Hikkaduwa and Bentota, unless you are too far from the center.
Infrastructure: travel agencies, car transport, restaurants, etc.
In Hikkaduwa everything is fairly compact, and if you stay along the main road
Galle Road not too far from the center (we mean - near the bus station), you'll have access to everything you need on foot. Along the way you'll everything you need: many travel agencies, retail shops, supermarkets, liquor stores, rent motorbikes and bicycles, cafes and restaurants, currency exchange.
In Bentota also has a center, but the resort area is so stretched that your hotel can be very far from the centre and any infrastructure. So, the beaches of Induruwa and Kosgoda to Bentota are very far away from the city center, so even that expensive to eat outside the hotel, they'll have to go into town by taxi or tuk-tuk. Large number of tourist agencies, exchange offices and other tourist infrastructure is concentrated in one place, there is also no. To find a rental motorbike, you would probably have to pay for help from someone local or do it through the hotel.
Overall, in our assessment, Hikkaduwa somewhat more comfortable and stronger in terms of tourism infrastructure.
Party and night life
Nightlife is not in the same or in a different place, but still Hikkaduwa looks much more advanced and explore than Bentota. There are several bars with modern music, right on the beaches with occasional small parties, and on Fridays the hotel Vibration Hotel is very progressive disco night.
Tours and attractions
There are almost no attractions in Hikkaduwa and Bentota, but there is a huge choice of excursions all around Sri Lanka. And in Hikkaduwa proposals of the city more objectively, there are cheap group tours, and even English-speaking guides and the travel Agency. In Unawatuna there is nothing like this, there are only an individual tours by tuk-tuk or car.
If you rent a bike or hire a tuk-tuk with a driver, you can see several interesting places in the vicinity of both resorts.