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Dickwella Sri Lanka

Location Type

: Beach

Distance From Airport

: 200 Km (5.15 hour drive)

Distance From Colombo

: 170 Km (4.30 hour drive)

Attractions

: 200 Km (5.15 hour drive)

Dikwella, which means long beach, is an unprepossessing coastal town 2 1/2 hours drive from Galle and 1 1/2 hours drive from Mirissa. It is not mentioned in any of the old guide books, because it only started to attract foreign visitors in recent decades after guesthouses and a hotel sprung up along the beach. Buddhist pilgrims have also started to frequent Dikwella in the last thirty years, for about 2km from the town on the road towards Beliatte is their real destination, the Wewurukannala Vihara, the location of the tallest Buddha statue in Sri Lanka. This is a seated image 50 metres high, which was completed in 1970. There is an eight-storey building behind that emphasizes the size of the statue. Inside is a staircase from which can be viewed comic strip paintings of the Buddha's life.


6km east of Dikwella at Kudawella there is a turning to the right that leads to a cliff where the only known blow-hole in Sri Lanka -and only one of a small number worldwide - is located. This  spectacular natural phenomenon is known as Hoo-maniya, which is a rendering of the sound that it makes just before the water shoots up into the air. Water in a cave at sea level below the cliff is forced upwards through a fissure in the rock in high seas, especially during the southwest monsoon in June and July. After traveling several meters through the fissure to the top of the cliff, the water is then propelled into the air, sometimes to a height of 20 metres or more.


Dickwella Beach is ideal for people who are looking at a very relaxing holiday by the beach. The beach not crowded and very touristic. locals are very friendly, great local delicacies and seafood. The beach is very stretchy and sandy. Visiting local Temples, Snorkeling off the beach of Dickwella, Whale watching off the coast of Mirissa, Visiting Mulkirigala ancient temple are some of the excursions you can do in Dickwella. Popular seaside village of Tangalle is 30 minutes drive. With the opening of new Colombo - Galle highway, Dickwella can be reached in 3 1/2 hours as opposed to 6 hours drive previously. Thalassa Villa, Dickwella Beach Resort and Mahara Beach Cottagesare interesting places for accommodation.

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