Hikkaduwa or Bentota: what to choose

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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 of Bentota is more "batch" place, and 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. 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.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
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 ...
anutik February 2, 2019
I read an article about comparing the City with the Golden Sands and was very surprised by the phrase about the lack of nightlife in Hikka, there it just is and party season are held each day in different bars. Was not in Bentota but have read that it is very restful there is no activity. Was in Hikkaduwa 3 times, in 2012, in August, was out of season and do little work, and no night life was not. But Konda came in the 2013 14 season and then life in Hike raged. Many tourists from all over the world, bars, discos, surfing. It was very cool. In Hicke very convenient, all the shops, restaurants, bars, hotels and guest houses are close by. In the centre everything in walking distance. Now located in induruwa and a wolf howling sitting in a hotel, because out of nowhere, activity is zero, and the nearest Bentota, which is also nothing special, you need to go 15 mins in tuktuk through the city for $ 16. Rent mopeds there is one local small shop, few cafes on the beach, several hotels and all. Good place to relax for couples,and my friend is already bored, I want to Hikkaduwa. ...
admin February 2, 2019
Anutik how it's written:
Here (in Hikkaduwa) there are several bars with modern music, right on the beach with occasional small parties, and on Fridays the hotel Vibration Hotel is very progressive disco night.
But this is not the center of night entertainment, for this you need to another country to go. ...
Tanya V. 9 February, 2019
In March we fly to Bentota.We live in Panchi Villa 3*.Found on bukanga and independently booked .So I want to know who was there and knows the place.We spoke with one local man is the Lankans who are in contact and arranges tours to visitors,he said that Bentota is different ,but in the place where our hotel is and beach a good place.And by rating and reviews punchy Villa wins and walks us through the budget.Guys,reading the reviews in Bentota tuhlyak my husband already wants to Hiccough😂We did the first time to fly.Don't know what to do now)))to Change the Bentota for Hiccough or leave as is. ...
admin February 9, 2019

It is difficult to answer objectively, in someone else's head because you will not get in. I personally Bentota really thought of "suckage", as you put it, if you compare it with the Golden Sands. In Hikkaduwa's no crowd there, the surfers and hippies of all sorts, a lot of Russian tourists. Ie at least will have someone to talk to. But on the other hand, I don't know what is important to you, quiet beach and a nice hotel, or more a nightlife of Hikkaduwa. You get to decide. While on the other hand what prevents here and there: live a little in Bentota, then move to the beach, there are all nearby. On the bus or train to go absolutely anything for money, well or a taxi is also not expensive at all. ...
Tanya V. 9 February, 2019
What better theme Park to come?Who can that will advise?What are the prices for two? ...