Hikkaduwa's moonstone mines are a popular attraction in the area and offer a fascinating glimpse into the process of filtering, cutting and polishing the precious stones and making them ready for sale. Known in Sri Lanka as chandrakanthi stones, moonstones take on beautiful whitish-blue shade and local villagers believe that those who wear moonstones will experience a brightness in their lives. These mines are found a short distance away from Mitiyagoda; to reach them, travellers will need to head towards Kahawa and then turn to Mititagoda and travel about 7 kilometres inland. Sign boards are clearly marked and finding your way should not be too difficult. Though entrance is free, once at the on-site shops, sellers will try to convince travellers to purchase some of the precious stones.
At around 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Around 1 hour
Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children
The filtering, cutting and polishing process
Plenty of private area will be available for Muslim travellers who require prayer facilities near Hikkaduwa's moonstone mines. Muslim travellers may also visit some of the mosques in Gintota – which is located about 12 kilometres away from Hikkaduwa – 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.