Hiriketiya Beach was 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 spent five nights in this lovely bay and totally fell in love with this slice of paradise. In this blog post, we share all our tips about where to stay, our favorite restaurants, and things to do in Hiriketiya.

Where to stay in Hiriketiya Beach

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 reasonable price.

Things to do in Hiriketiya Beach


It was might not hard to guess. You need to take a surfing class while you stay in Hiriketiya Beach. 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 respect that at the best times for surfing the bay was very full of people which can be dangerous too. So we decided to take a surfing class at the bigger beach, which is located right next to Hiriketiya Beach and is called Dikwella, first. We went to the surfing school called WAKA surf and had a great experience with these guys. They first taught us on land and after we went to the water and tried it over and over until we were totally exhausted.

Surfing was a lot of fun and also a great work out for the whole body that we really loved. The next day after our first surfing class, we felt every muscle 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 Beach

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.

Salt House

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

The Grove 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.

garden of a restaurant with palm tree in the middle

Malu Poke Hiriketiya

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 Malu Poke Hiriketiya is your spot. The owners are so cute and 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

Dots Bay House 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.

Verse Collective

Verse Collective was our favorite lunch spot. It is located at Dikwella beach which is right next to Hiriketiya, and they have amazing bowls with coconut yogurt and other amazing plant-based options, as well as the most delicious smoothies.

Would you like to read more about the south of Sri Lanka? Chlick here: The best beaches in Sri Lanka