Hikkaduwa or Bentota: what to choose

Хиккадува, Шри-Ланка On the wave of Hikkaduwa

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.

  • Seasons

    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.

  • Hotels

    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 Bentota is considered a "package" destination, Hikkaduwa attracts more independent travelers and young people.

  • Beaches

    Пляж Бентоты, Шри-Ланка The Bentota Beach

    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.

    Хиккадува, Шри-Ланка Evening Hikkaduwa beach

    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. 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.

🕒 October 16, 2018

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Christin 1 December, 2016
Guys, urgently looking for roommates in a large, two-storey house in Hikkaduwa, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one per floor). The 4th Dec is released the room. House in European style (in the lobby leather sofa and armchairs, large dining table, large LCD TV, fridge, washing machine, gas stove, all necessary utensils, marble flooring, garden with Parking and a well, natural ventilation, lots of Windows and light). Photos sent on email/facebook. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013905120544 E-mail: FillatovaKV@yandex.ru Local number: 0718239966 (mobile from Russia - 8 10 94 8239966, +7 10 94 8239966) ...
Algeta 9 January, 2017
Good afternoon. In March we want to go to the beach. I think to rent a Villa Pathum tourists inn. According to the map, it is on Pinkand road. The owner says it's a 3-minute walk from the beach))). I hope so) Tell me if this street to go to the beach if there's a café on the beach where you can eat and relax on the sun loungers? If see map Google, on photo you can see that many cafes NAP Ratiu street Narigama Patan. How far these two streets from each other? ...
admin 10 January, 2017
Hello Algeta! Looked at the situation of your Villa on aibnb, and if there's all without cheating, the place is great. Just opposite the beach, everything is there. Cafes everywhere along the road there, so no problem. If you really want a lot of cafes, you'll walk a little closer to the conditional center is to the North, i.e. above the map. ...
Algeta 10 January, 2017
I was just there and found her.))) I've never booked anything. How do you think this is a reliable website? And another question: are cafes along the road is good, but we're going with a 2-year old child and we would like to know if there's a café on the beach? Last year we were in GOA and we loved our time together: we lay on the beds, which belonged to Sheki, ate, drank when I wanted, as two children and mode they and we are different)))) is it Possible to find in Hikkaduwa? ...
Algeta 10 January, 2017
Thanks for the reply. I have this Villa there and watched. Tell me if there is enough reliable website? Mind the fact, that the money should be paid now, not on the spot. And still a question: and on the beach there are many cafes near this place? Going with a small child and assume the day hanging out at the beach.)))) Ideally, we need a place to 3 minutes and we're at the beach, and there lay under the canopy and the whole day swimming, eating and drinking. We have and child is different mode and to pack up and go somewhere to eat and then back to the beach uncomfortable))). Or is it just my dreams?))))) ...
admin 11 January, 2017
AirBnB reliable long current site, with regard to the safety of your money. Otherwise personally I have when working with AirBnB more negative experience. One evening came with a 5-year-old son to Sochi, and the owner of the booked apartment out of reach. Support by phone, the work involved, but offered simply to return the money, and then type to understand myself. Knowing the rules, I pressed and they agreed with the suggestion that I book this hotel not more expensive than 50 bucks, and they compensate me the cost. All has worked out well, but time and nerves I spent the car. Also twice was that the trip was canceled for 1-2 before the arrival, several times pulled with confirmation and also at the last moment canceled. Well the prices are certainly higher than directly from the owners to remove. ...
Algeta 11 January, 2017
Then where better to book? ...
Watch 21 October, 2017
Good day! The first time we fly to Sri Lanka . Mid Jan-mid Feb. Want to combine sightseeing with a beach holiday, I'm afraid to get on the wave. Advise something in my experience? Thank You, Natalia ...
admin October 22, 2017
Hello Natalia! You just go in a good season, when the wind is not strong, the waves too small, there is nothing to advise. If the waves are really afraid, then go to Unawatuna, where the waves almost the whole year low. ...
Axsi 3 February, 2018
Where you want to shoot? can the information. We want February to March. Thank you ...

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