West Coast

The surfing centre of Sri Lanka's west coast is Hikkaduwa, a small town towards the southern tip only 17 km from Galle. Located on the famous Galle Road, it is primarily a tourist destination famous for its beach, surfing, coral and nightlife.

Hikkaduwa portrays a fun vibe with lots of different bars, cafes and hotels arranged in a strip around the main road. There are many affordable hotels and guesthouses along a beautiful stretch of beach that overlook the surf. At night you can wander between cafes enjoying the sunset and surrounding nightlife.

Hikkaduwa offers some great options for both surfing and snorkelling, with a few different peaks and reefs to choose from. There are also a lot of lesser known spots hidden in bays and coves. We've listed a few but there are still many to discover for yourself.

If you're searching for a watery escape, then aim to travel between November and April. The monsoon during the off season can make it quite unpleasant. Otherwise, head over to Arugam Bay on the east coast. Hikkaduwa is the perfect place to base yourself for an adventure on Sri Lanka's west coast.

Weather in West Coast

27°C

Sri Lanka is another one of those tropical destinations with distinct a dry and wet season. This gets slightly complicated as the change of seasons also brings a monsoon to each respective of the island. From May to October, it is the dry season on the east coast or the Arugam Bay side of Sri Lanka, with the west coast is being lashed by the monsoon. During the other time of the year, November to April, the opposite applies with the wet season coming to the east coast.

Generally the best time to travel to Sri Lanka is between November to March for the west coast, south coast and the hill country. For the east coast the best time is between April and September. This will keep you nice and dry and out of those monsoons. Coincidently this coincides with the surfing seasons as well.

Both the ocean and coastal lying regions of Sri Lanka have an average temperature of 27°C all year.

West Coast

Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right/Left
Surf Type:
  • Funboarders
  • Longboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jan - Apr, Nov - Dec
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Hikkaduwa is a fun A frame peak, a high performance wave with lefts and rights breaking over sand filled reefs. The Inside Reef is 200m south of Main Reef and across the channel and is faster and hollower than Main Reef. Other reefs breaks nearby are also good with the right conditions.

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West Coast

Matara

Matara
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right
Surf Type:
  • Funboarders
  • Longboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jan - Apr, Nov - Dec
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Matara is a classic beach set up. The wave is suited for all surfers, often regarded as a secret spot this fun righthand wave breaks over a sand and reef bottom and produce rides over 200m long.

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West Coast

Unawatuna Bay

Unawatuna Bay
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right
Surf Type:
  • Funboarders
  • Longboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jan - Apr, Nov - Dec
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Unawatuna Bay or Wella Devalaya is 5kms from Galle towards Midigama. It is a powerful righthand reef break for experienced surfers. User friendly beach breaks are found closer in the bay.

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West Coast

Weligama

Weligama
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right/left
Surf Type:
  • Funboarders
  • Longboarders
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Jan - Apr, Nov - Dec
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Weligama is a beginners wave that breaks frequently over sand and can have fun playful left and right hand waves around the beach. It can produce some long rides with the right conditions.

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