Plucked straight out of a Sri Lankan travel guide, Hiriketiya has everything a dream beach should have – white soft sand, crystal blue waters, palm trees, surf, deckchairs, the list goes on. But one of the best things about this nestled cove? There’s hardly anyone there!
Shockingly this small stretch of beach on Sri Lanka’s south coast is barely discovered, with most tourists/backpackers travelling straight past it to get to the country’s more well-known beach destinations. This is not to say that the beach is a ghost-town, as Hiriketiya has clearly been whispered around the surfing community, with a handful of surfers in the water morning till evening, giving the beach an almost Hawaiian feel.
Interested? I don’t blame you. Keep reading to find out more about why this beach paradise is a must-see.
The Best Place to Relax
Let’s be honest, travelling is great and all but it can really take it out of you. Moving from place to place every few days on some dodgy transport is tiring and uncomfortable. For me, I felt like we couldn’t have found this place at a better time. We had just done inland Sri Lanka and were coming straight from Arugam Bay, the party town, so Hiriketiya was the perfect place to unwind and forget about the rest of the world for a bit. For 3 whole days I did nothing but surf, sunbathe, read, eat and sleep. It was the perfect detox, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more relaxed in my life.
Cosy and Secluded
The main reason it was so easy to forget the rest of the world is because Hiriketiya beach is so tucked away! The road leading to the beach is only really accessible by tuk tuk, it’s that small. Zero traffic or commotion can be heard from the nearby town, leaving your ears to be filled with the soft sound of crashing waves and the conversations of those around you, who have also been lucky enough to find this safe haven. Plus with fewer tourists comes fewer people trying to hassle you to buy their goods. Trust me, a few hours on this beach and the stresses of everyday life melt away…
Excellent Surf Conditions
After spending my first day reading and snoozing, I couldn’t ignore the call of the waves. Crisp and clean, whilst still being a good size, the surfing conditions at Hiriketiya made me feel like a pro. Shaped like a horseshoe, the bay offered protection against the elements whilst still offering regular, decent waves. The more experienced surfers went towards the reef break, whilst others stayed central but further out, leaving the perfect space for beginner’s and intermediates to have their fair share. Just about able to stand, Hiritetiya gave me excellent practice in picking my wave, paddling, and popping-up. I could feel my own progress even just after a day, allowing me to challenge myself and move up to a smaller and faster board. The conditions would get a little rocky from midday until around 3pm, but for me the break was usually welcomed as it gave us time to recover and have lunch before heading out for an evening session where we could watch the sunset floating on our boards.
Salt House in Hiritketiya is a yoga enthusiast’s dream, and the perfect place to try yoga if you haven’t before. Set up amongst the trees, Salt House offers a unique yoga experience in their elevated open air jungle view room. With classes running daily, head down to Salt House after a day or surfing to relax your muscles, or for a morning stretch, and take your zen to a whole other level.
Plenty of Food and Accommodation Options
Locals and non-locals alike have clearly caught onto the fact that Hiriketiya is a complete treasure, giving you plenty to choose from when it comes to where to stay and what to eat. To airbnb’s, villas and resorts, the variety of accommodation is just as tucked away as the beach itself, so you can feel like a local as you wander down the sandy jungle paths to paradise. Whilst we were there we stayed at a place called Ocean Villa, a 5 minute walk from the beach. The rooms were simple, but clean and a decent size, with your own private bathroom. Breakfast was included and consisted off eggs, toast and fruit as well as tea or coffee, which was served in their beautiful garden area. It was lovely to start the day sitting outside amongst nature, and each morning brought with it a new wildlife encounter. One day I saw a peacock showing off its feathers on a nearby roof, another time I saw monkeys swinging from the palm trees next to us. All of this for £22 a night! It doesn’t get much better.
As you can probably tell, Hiriketiay was an unforgettable stay for me, and I feel very privileged to have experienced it at a time when it remains undiscovered and safe from tourism. Saying that, I feel a duty as a travel blogger to share this wonderful place with other globetrotters, and remind people of this beautiful world we live in.
As always if you want to find out more, or you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me a quick message via social media or my contact page. All the best for now!