Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest approaches to medicine. This is an ancient healing system is based on 5000 years of tradition. Also this healing system has been use for more than 5000 years in India & Sri Lanka. Still today in Sri Lanka approximately 60% of the populations are treated with healing system. Ayurveda an approach to healing that has been proven and tested over thousands of years and that only uses medicines that are found in nature. A qualified Ayurveda Doctor will visit on request and he will determine the client’s body type and indicate the diet and also recommend an individual program of Ayurveda treatments. Consultation assessment helps to understand the imbalance that may be causing problems and how the right herbs, food, exercise, thinking, body Care contributes well-being.
The visitors can enjoy the beauty of south coastal area with all the ancient places by using motor bike or foot bike rides. And it is another opportunity to enhance the visitors’ cultural experience about Sri Lankan. Scooter and three wheel tours (Tuk-Tuk) also another touring pattern can see in Hikkaduwa. Three wheel tours are very popular with the foreign visitors who want to spend their vacation over here. The Tuk Tuk tours offer the opportunity to mingle with the local people that can offer a unique experience of this island nation.
Ceylon Cinnamon is grown and harvested very differently to the common and cheaper Cassia you get in the United States. The Ceylon Cinnamon tree takes about 3-4 years to grow. First the tree is planted. After two years it is coppiced, meaning the tree is repeatedly cut at the trunk or ground level, out of which many numerous other branches will shoot up. After the tree has grown for another 2 years the branches are cut and made into Cinnamon quills. It is a very labor intensive process and needs extremely skilled craftsmen and women with delicate hands to harvest.
The diving at Hikkaduwa is diverse and there is an abundance of marine life and dive sites to suit all levels of experience. Big groupers, barracudas, moray eels, dogtooth tunas, manta rays, lobsters & turtles are often to be seen just off the coast at Hikkaduwa. A large number of wrecks have floundered off the coast in this area over the years, adding to the range of dive sites available. The main diving season in the south west runs from November to April.
Hikkaduwa is a very well-known surfing destination on the international circuit and annually attracts surfers from all over the world. There are plenty of good surfing points and although most of them are reef breaks, none of them is risky since they all have a flat deep bottom. The wave size ranges up to 3 meters during the season.
In the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, 20 Km away from the Garcuinia Leaf. And it was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.The fort has a colorful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Madu Ganga (Madu River) is also a remarkable place to visit. Bordering to the coastal village Balaptiya 19Kms away from the Garcinia Leaf, Madu Ganga flows by adding an incomparable beauty to the surrounding. It’s unique in its beauty, hundreds of islands, mangroves, indigenous aquatic birds & fish creates a green heave in-front of the eyes.These enchanting landscapes make people breathless by creating a paradise for their own dreams. This green heritage is a kind of lab for the researches, local & foreign university students & journalists who are discovering the secrets of this treasure. This wonderland you can try delicious traditional meals with “Kirala” juice
Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is 0ne of the most exciting water activities in Sri Lanka. And it needs 60Kms (40 Minutes) drive from Garcinia Leaf. In warm Indian Ocean can see Blue whales, Bride’s whales, Sperm whales. Fin whales. And sometimes, Killer whales, Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, spanner dolphins, Rizzo’s dolphins, and striped dolphins. Sometimes visitors can see turtles and various fish species, for example Bluefin tuna and flying fish.
The Coral sanctuary is one of the most popular and respected coral reef destinations in the Country visited by tourists from all over the world. Coral Sanctuary is spread out a couple of hundred meters offshore from Hikkaduwa beach. The Coral sanctuary has approximately seventy varieties of multi colored corals. Visitors can either swim or hire a guide with a glass bottomed boats to view the corals. The coral reefs are the best place to see and admire corals and water is never more than three or four meters deep. Some of the coral reefs are real close to the beach and can hire snorkels, masks and fins and ventured into the calm crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean to be amazed with the wonderful & colorful corals and tropical fish with various colors and sizes.
The Mitiyagoda moonstones mine is very popular for genuine moonstones. And 7 Km’s away from Garcinia Leaf. The visitors can drop away into the mucky world of mining – 18th-century style. Moonstone’s are in the semi-precious category and are an important component of the Sri Lankan gem industry. The finest are bluish in color and are found in high concentrations in heading inland. Moonstone has been mined in these sweltering forests forever and the moonstone mines, little more than muddy rabbit holes, 6m or 7m long, are fascinating as is the process of filtering out the precious stones, cutting them up and polishing them up ready for sale. At the Moonstone Factory you can see or even go down into a narrow shaft where the stones are mined
The swimming with turtles at Hikkaduwa beach is very popular activity and there is an abundance of marine life and variety of different species of exotic fish and turtles can see due to crystal clear water.
Hikkaduwa National Park is one of the two marine national parks in Sri Lanka. The national park contains a fringing coral reef of high degree of biodiversity. The area was declared a wildlife sanctuary on May 18, 1979, and then on August 14, 1988, upgraded to a nature reserve with extended land area. The growth of the number of visitors in the next 25 years increased the degradation of the coral reef. To reduce the effects to the ecosystem, the reef was declared a national park on September 19, 2002.