Discover why Hikkuduwa, Sri Lanka is the perfect location for Digital Nomads
Sri Lanka is rapidly recovering from economic collabs, with more tourists arriving than ever, especially a large group of long-term staying Russian speakers. As a result, the country is becoming an increasingly popular destination for digital nomads and remote workers. One of the best places to experience this trend is in the southern coastal town of Hikkuduwa, the entry point to the beach communities in the South of Sri Lanka, about 2.30 hours south of the Capital City of Colombo. Previously known for budget tourists, a more extended period younger crowd is moving in, breathing new life into the community with lots of little cafes and restaurants.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, digital nomads are individuals who can work remotely, often through technology. They can live and work from anywhere worldwide as long as they have a stable internet connection. Hikkuduwa offers just that, with fast and reliable internet and a vibrant and welcoming community of other digital nomads.
The cost of living in Hikkuduwa is also relatively low compared to other popular destinations for digital nomads. The local currency, the Sri Lankan rupee, currently has a purchasing power of about one-third that of the US dollar. This difference in value means that digital nomads can stretch their budget further in Hikkuduwa than elsewhere. You can still have a great dinner for 5 USD.
One of the best things about Hikkuduwa is the food, with seafood being a specialty. Two highly recommended dishes are "Lamprais" and "Kottu Roti." The Lamprais is a traditional Sri Lankan dish made from rice, meat, and vegetables cooked together in a banana leaf. The Kottu Roti is a modern dish made from shredded roti bread mixed with vegetables and meat.
The climate in Hikkuduwa is tropical, with warm weather year-round. The best time to visit is between November and April when the weather is dry and sunny.
Two popular places to visit in and from Hikkuduwa are the Hikkuduwa National Park and the Unawatuna Beach. The Hikkuduwa National Park is home to various wildlife, including monkeys, crocodiles, and different birds. Unawatuna Beach is a beautiful spot for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.
"Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with a rich culture, delicious food, and friendly people. It's the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and focus on your work," says digital nomad and travel blogger John Doe.
If you're considering visiting Hikkuduwa, here are a few things to do: Visit the local temples, take a cooking class to learn how to make traditional Sri Lankan dishes, go on a safari to see the wildlife, and take a yoga class to relax and rejuvenate.
I decided to visit Hikkuduwa because it's a great spot for digital nomads and remote workers, and I wanted to see if it's as great as people say it is. I also wanted to experience the culture, the food, and the people of Sri Lanka. After my visit, it has the potential to become a top destination, competing with other places further South like Wagame or Mirissa.