Hikkaduwa is a very popular tourist destination in Sri Lanka. The main attraction here is the golden sandy beach and the perfect warm deep blue ocean waters. Unlike other coastal locales which are mostly fishing villages, Hikkaduwa is a more vibrant little town making it a wonderful holiday destination. The waters here afford the perfect diving experience, especially as the weather conditions are just right throughout the year and as the location provides a lovely reef and an abundance of marine life to explore.
Also the nearby smaller villages afford excellent explorations for those who wish to get to know the local culture. Apart from the mouth watering cuisine, and a vibrant culture, Sri Lanka is also very well known for its precious and semi-precious gem stones and if you are visiting Hikkaduwa you are in luck.
Hikkaduwa and the surrounding areas are well known for the local moonstone – a semi precious glass like gemstone that glows like the moon. The adjacent towns such as Meetiyagoda and Ambalangoda boast a high concentration of these stones and according to folklore this area is blessed by the moon. If you are keen on exploring a moonstone mine head down to Meetiyagoda; here you are even allowed to further explore down the narrow shafts that will take you deeper down to the earth, where these stones are mined. For visitors keen on purchasing these stones there is a shop at the mine itself, but remember to go for the ones which are bluish in colour as they are of better quality.
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