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Our newly anointed guide for all things Hikkaduwa, Siri arrived this morning, full of smiles and idle banter - what did he really want!?
As we sat down for breakfast, he seized his opportunity, and from a position of elevated authority began to reel off ideas of what we could do during our stay in Hikkaduwa; Whale watching (via Galle), …
... earlier. The guys who run the place are very cool and just sit around smoking joints. When I asked about hiring snorkeling equipment they just said I could use their kit. Very generous as everyone else is hassling you an the beach to rent masks and flippers at crazy prices.
When I get into the sea I cant believe how warm it is and also how clean it is. From the moment that you put on your mask and submerged I was surrounded by ...
... was taking. I can't deny it was brilliant fun though. The others stopped off at a town called Unawatuna to head to the touristy beach, and me and Dad carried on to another town a few miles down called Koggala. The beaches there were *empty*. The whole stretch, from one end to another as far as the eye could see - not a person in site. It was incredible. Dad wanted to get a picture of ...
... language and the feeling of journeying into the unknown without restriction (well apart from money!).
The train arrived a few minutes before it’s schedule and, although it’s outward appearance was similar to that of trains in India, had none of the organised chaos associated with public transport in the sub-continent. There were two classes available on this train, 2nd and 3rd – the differences being, size of seat, ...
... and into town before we decided that it was high time we headed back to our base and sat around eating fresh fruit salads, catching some sun (as we were both blindingly white), and taking naps before enjoying our last night on the island. A perfect morning I must say - got some great photos along the way :)
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We arrived at this guesthouse as recommended by a dependable local, hoping to get a reasonably priced room during the off season in Hikkaduwa. We managed to bargain the price down for a fairly modern looking room that sits on the ground floor - however no air con, just a fan. The first night was pretty uncomfortable as although it's close to the sea, our room gets none of the cooling air. The fan is placed right over the bed, meaning that the displacement of the fanned air doesn't get to you if you are directly below it!
So we ask for the air con remote for the next night, first they try to charge us double for what we paid, we refuse, find a better priced room with air con for a lot less a few doors down, it's also cleaner, larger and has a sea front balcony.
we return to this hotel to pick up our stuff and move to the other accommodation, the owner/manager asks us why, we tell her what we've found so she matches the price for a road facing room - no chance!
The room we got was OK, it has a very clean and modern bathroom, but the bed takes up most of the space in the room and there are very little fixtures and/or fittings in which to keep your stuff. Without aircon the room gets extremely humid and as you get no breeze, and very little privacy, there's no point opening the windows. It's almost double the price for the same room with air con, which is a rip off.
Location wise it's good if you want to be in a quieter part of the beach where the waves are calmer and the beach has less coarseness and debris.
I would have given this place 3/5 initially but for the unfriendly, money grabbing owner(s) - Prefer the owners at Neela's Guesthouse, much more friendly and reasonable when it comes to negotiating price
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.