Surfing and more in Hiriketiya

Our Hiriketiya camp is located a quick 10 minutes Tuk Tuk drive away from Hiriketiya beach where we will be taking you most of the time for surfing. It is one of the most stunning surf beaches on Sri Lanka’s south coast. So let’s have a closer look at what awaits you in and around Hiriketiya Beach.

Where the jungle meets the ocean - Hiriketiya Beach

Where the jungle meets the ocean - Hiriketiya Beach

Hiriketiya is called “Hiri” among expats and Sri Lankans and is a horseshoe-bay that was once a sleepy fishing town, neighbouring the southern town of Dickwella.

Around 180kms from Colombo it is a jungle oasis with a palm-fringed golden sand beach and clear water where you can spot turtles. It is a beautiful and peaceful slice of heaven that still has that raw, untouched feel to it, although it has become one of the most popular beaches in southern Sri Lanka with cool cafes and co-working spaces.

Surfing in Hiriketiya

With its two breaks and waves rolling in almost all year (10 months), Hiriketiya beach is a surfer paradise and suits surfers of all levels but mostly beginners and intermediate surfers. One break being a mellow beach break on the west side of the bay for beginners and the other one being a reef break on the east side for intermediate surfers.

During the peak season (December - February) the ocean provides smaller swell which is great for beginners, while the waves are at their best during August until December when intermediate surfers can take on the left-handers rolling off the reef break. Beginners’ can still surf during this time on the sandier beach break but can also take on the reef break on smaller days.

It can get very busy from mid-morning to sunset, so surfing just after the sunrise is the best way to go.

Surfing in Hiriketiya Surfing in Hiriketiya

Staying at Our Surf Camp

Staying at Our Surf Camp

The Kima Surf yoga & fitness resort Hiriketiya is conveniently positioned in the lush, tropical jungle, a 10 min drive away from Hiriketiya beach itself. As it is very secluded it is the most peaceful place with a beautiful and empty beach in walking distance.

We coordinate surf trips daily, seven days a week, for all levels, to various breaks around southern Sri Lanka.
Our guides have many years of experience in this remote south coast of Sri Lanka to make your experience enjoyable whilst avoiding the crowded areas to get the most out of your water time.

You can join two guided sessions every day. Smaller groups are divided into skill levels and go to surf spots taking current tide, swell and wind conditions into account. For beginners we recommend booking our five-day Learn-to-Surf Sri Lanka package.

When to visit South Sri Lanka

The best time to visit Hiriketiya is considered to be November to April. This time of the year comes with low rainfall and calmer seas which provide the perfect weather to explore and learn to surf. However, the weather is actually fabulous throughout

October to April so don’t let the “rainy season” stop you from visiting in the other months, because the shoulder seasons tend to be far less crowded and hectic.

Things to do in and around THE CAMP

There is so much more to do in and around the camp than surfing. Swim and relax at Hiriketiya Beach itself or discover the following surrounding beaches: Dickwella Beach, Talalla Beach, Goyambokka and Silent Beach.

Looking to explore something more than the beaches and breaks of Hiriketiya head to Dickwella town itself. It is home to one of the most colourful local markets. If you want to explore Sri Lanka further here are some more recommendations.

Yes, you will be able to see elephants! Book a safari to the Udawalawe National Park where elephants are a guaranteed sight with an estimated population of around 600 living in their natural habitat. Or you can visit the Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

If you visit the Yala National Park you might get lucky seeing a leopard. The park is the second largest in Sri Lanka with the highest concentration of leopards in the world.

Did you know you can even watch whales in Sri Lanka? Between November and April you can spot blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins during a whale watching tour off the coast of Mirissa.

You can book all these activities when booking your stay at our Sri Lankan camps.

Yala National Park Udawalawe National Park

Other things to do around the camp and Hiriketiya are:

  • · visit Wewrukannala Viharaya Buddhist temple, 1.5kms outside of Dikwella with the tallest Buddah statue in Sri Lanka.
  • · check out Dondra Head Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Sri Lanka
  • · visit the Japanese Peace Pagoda near Unawatuna
  • · explore the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort


Tuk Tuk

he state of emergency decreed by the government was lifted on August 18, 2022.

Things are getting back to normal and tourists have started coming back. The nightlife in Colombo is back again and people are out and about. Sri Lanka is still the beautiful country it was before the crisis, with its nice and welcoming people and its delicious food.

It will still be more quiet than usual in the beginning of this high season, but tourism is expected to pick up again. But less tourists also means more waves for you.

There can still be some supply shortages but only in individual cases the shortage of energy and fuel has also affected tourist activities - e.g. safaris and excursions. Our camp in Weligama is running smoothly and so will our camp in Hiriketiya. We are already in the camp preparing everything for you. You will have everything you need for a perfect surf vacation.

We do recommend not to start political discussions and not to go to protests in Colombo. You will also be on the safe side getting adequate travel insurance. We can't wait to welcome you back to beautiful Sri Lanka!