As usual, we took an auto-rickshaw (they call it “tuk-tuk“).
… and we filmed the entire walk from the southern to the northern point of Hikkaduwa
It took over two hours to walk the entire beach. If we walked for 5 km/hour it means that it is over 10 km long… 10 km of uninterrupted sand beach. Yummm…
The waves look like nothing in this movie, but usually they were around 1,5 meters high, at most 2,5 meters high waves.
God I love those waves, the water, the warm beach, the atmosphere, the food, and the people of Hikkaduwa.
We took off for a safari, jumped into a boat north of Ambalangoda
I expected to see some big crocodiles, but ended up cuddling with a really small one
And I got father feelings for a little monkey, s/he was sooo tired in the hot sun.
Also, we visited an island with a Buddhist temple
…and another island with “spicy trees”, fresh curry, and fresh cinnamon (see pics below).
The cinnamon smelled fantastic, the best moment of the trip. (Email me if you want to import larger quantities of fresh spices like curry and cinnamon.)
The guide said that 20.000 people in Sri Lanka died because of the Tsunami, and the waves that hit in over the country were around three meters high.
Then we headed back to the Hikkaduwa haven, of course. Sunbathing, surfing, visiting a moon dance party, and generally acting like average stupid tourists…
The surfing is much more hard-core than what it looks like. First, keeping the balance, then getting up on the board without falling, and when a 2 m wave hits you the wrong way, you fall into the water, not knowing what is up or down, you tumble around, the surfing board sometimes hits you, my head hit the bottom of the ocean once (ouch!), and the safety rope may be twitched around the body or leg as the surfing board rushes away in the very powerful waves, tightening the rope around you (ouch again). But I like the hard-core, the touch of danger 🙂
Next day: Blue whale watching!
Did we see any blue whales? Well, just signs of them.
I wonder why travel books claim that Unawatuna beach is a “paradise beach” when the Hikkaduwa beach is so superior in comparison?
Of course some shady men would offer us “smoke” and massage, and one even “offered” us cocaine, Moroccan, and heroine. “Thanks, but no thanks.”
Suddenly it rained, the tuk-tuk back to Galle and Hikkaduwa screwed up, I experienced the worst car pollution in my life, a lost dog following us, well, a typical day in Sri Lanka.
Almost everything is ridiculously cheap in Sri Lanka. The prices are about 10-20 times lower than in Sweden. They sell fantastic leather bags, spices, surfing boards, etc to amazing prices.