The Tsunami Photo Museum located in Telawatta - a few kilometres towards the North of Hikkaduwa - was established in memory of the victims of the disastrous Indian Ocean Tsunami which struck in 2004. The museum features a collection of photographs, newspaper reports and personal stories that offer a glimpse into the aftermath of the tsunami. A separate section also contains a series of hand-written accounts of tsunami experiences, poetry as well as paintings. A local guide is available to provide assistance to visitors and to show them around the museum. The museum is frequented by quite a few visitors throughout the year – both locals and foreigners – and is worth a visit if you have enough time.
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Around 1-2 hours
Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children
The photographs and paintings
Though designated prayer areas at the Tsunami Photo Museum will not be available, it is possible to request for a private area to make use of during prayer times. Muslim travellers may also visit some of the mosques in Gintota – which is located about 12 kilometres away – such as the Avalmale Mosque, Welipitimodara Mosque and Meeram Mosque.
There are a few Halal restaurants in the area for Muslim travellers who require Halal food in Hikkaduwa. Most of the Halal restaurants in Hikkaduwa can be found along the Hikkaduwa - Galle Road. It is also possible to visit some of the more prominent and expensive restaurants at well-known hotels in the area such as the Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa which are capable of arranging Halal meals upon prior notice.