Coral Gardens of Sri Lanka
Hikkaduwa is a popular tourist destination in the Galle District is renowned for its beach and the corals. The Coral Garden here is considered to be the best out of all such coral gardens found in Asia. These corals are found in various forms and shapes and colors. They are a very fascinating sight when there is bright sunlight which gives a clear view of the corals. You can see corals in the shape of cabbage leaves and some are like lady’s fan. Since there is no silt, corals can grow in their natural form and color.
The beach of Hikkaduwa coastal town is situated 98 km from Colombo Capital city of Sri Lanka. It is towards the south of Sri Lanka. This fun coastal town is 14 km from the city of Galle which is the main city of the southern part of the island. Hikkaduwa is one of the most beautiful beaches visited by tourists. Diving in the clear waters is a major sport and pastime along this stretch and it is most environmentally friendly way to see colorful fish that dart around. There is a reef of lime stones running parallel to the coast. The corals are in between this line of lime stones and the coast. The sea up to about 200 m from the coast is very shallow. The reef of lime stones protects the corals from high tide.
The coral sanctuary found on the coast of Hikkaduwa is a large shallow body of water enclosed by a reef, decorated with layers of multi colored corals, which is home to countless number of colorful fish. Off the beach there is a collection of tiny islets surrounded by beautiful formations. Many species of fish and turtles are found here. There are more than four ship wrecks for diving enthusiasts to explore along with dive shops offering courses and equipment. Plenty of beachfront accommodation and a reputation as the second best surf spots in Sri Lanka by the international board-riding set and the reason so many tourists visit Hikkaduwa.
The resort area has now engulfed two or three villages south of it, and is now 4 km strip of hotels, shops, bars, restaurants and guesthouses. The beaches are nice and wide and swimming is safe here, though the currents are stronger to the south of Hikkaduwa.
The impressive coral reef runs just offshore and is populated by exotic fish and sea turtles. Glass bottomed boats are available for visitors wanting to see the wonders of the deep while keeping their feet dry.
After a short distance southwards from the center of the reef, it diminishes given rise to a wider sandy bottomed beach with good waves ideal for board surfs and body surfing. You can always rent the necessary equipment needed for snorkeling and surfing. Hikkaduwa is an established tourist destination and surfing there is quite well known. But there is no overcrowding here though. The reef is corral and so first aid kit will also become handy. There are many shops selling Masks, Gems, Jewelry, Batik clothes, antiques and local crafts. There are also Buddhist temples which is also an attraction to the tourists. Sri Lanka welcomes tourists from all parts of the world to enjoy the sunny beaches and other attractions.
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