Hiriketiya was definitely one of our favorite places we visited in Sri Lanka. This beautiful, little beach has the perfect surfing vibes and so many amazing spots to hang out.
We stayed at the family-run Surf Homestay which is located directly in the bay of Hiriketiya and also at their newer accommodation the White House which is located on the hill right next to the bay. Both their places are very well located and have a good price.
What to do in Hiriketiya
This is might not hard to guess. You definitely need to take a surfing class while you stay there. It is so much fun and a great experience to try it yourself. Sri Lanka in general has many spots which are very good for surf beginners and there are so many people trying it that you won’t stand out if you fall into the water all the time.
In the bay of Hiriketiya itself are many surfing schools and you can just walk by and ask them for a class. Super easy to find a person.
Since we were beginners and had a bit of a respect that at the best times for surfing the bay was very full of people which can be dangerous too. So we decided that we take a surfing class at the bigger beach, which is located right next to Hiriketiya and is called Dikwella, first. We went to the surfing school called WAKA surf and had a great experience with these guys. They first teached us on land and after we went to the water and tried it over and over until we were totally done.
Surfing was a lot of fun and also a great work out for the whole body what we really loved. The next day after our first surfing class we felt every mussle in our body. It felt so great to relax after it and enjoy a hydrating king coconut.
Our other favorite thing to do in Hiriketiya was to enjoy the sunsets. A lot of surfers go out into the water at sunset time especially the ones that are very good. We loved to chill in the bay during sunset time and watch them surfing the bigger waves while sipping a delicious coconut.
Where to eat in Hiriketiya
We are happy to share here a few amazing spots with very delicious food that we had dinner at. We must say that in this little bay are located so many cool spots.
This place is very cool. We went there once for dinner and once for lunch. They have some great plant based options and a beautiful garden to sit outside. The Salt House is also an acomodation which we think would be amazing too and you can go to yoga classes too.
The Grove Lanka
This place is the perfect dinner spot with a big garden with many beautiful palm trees and lights in the trees. The food was delicious and staff was amazing too.
Malu Poke Bowls
If you look for a place that is more down to earth and where you can have very delicous food for a good price then this is your spot. The owners are so cute and it the space is small but cozy. You can choose what you want to have inside your Poke Bowl what made it very easy to order vegan food. Stefan loved it so much that he eat two of these bowls. Haha you must know he is a good eater so it’s not that the portions wouldn’t be big enough.
Dots Bay House
This place has a lovely garden too and has such a great vibe with music and lovely people working there. They have great vegan options and food was delicious.
This was our favorite lunch spot. It is located at Dikwella beach which is right next to Hiriketiya and they have amazing bowls with coconut jogurt and other amazing plant based options, as well as the most delicious smoothies.