Hiriketiya has become one of the most sought-after beach destinations in Sri Lanka due to its spectacular bay, fantastic surfing opportunities and lively atmosphere. This part of Sri Lanka’s south coast is often overlooked, with many travelers heading instead to the beaches surrounding Galle Fort, but the stretch between Mirissa and Tangalle is set to become the new must-visit spot for tourists looking to escape the crowds. Hiriketiya is a fantastic choice for surfers, particularly during the peak season months of December to March, with waves suited to both beginners and those with more experience. Surf lessons are readily available for anyone who wants a bit of extra guidance, or you may simply prefer to sit back and admire the perfect horse-shoe shape of this gloriously beautiful bay. Anyone seeking to spend their evenings in a characterful beach restaurant with live music and a buzzy atmosphere will also feel exhilarated here. Our opinion? A lively area more suited to the young (or the young at heart!) which is sandwiched between the quieter beaches of Dikwella and Tangalle that will satisfy those seeking a more peaceful beach escape.