Dikwella is a charming scenic village on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. It is located 22 km (14 miles) east of the city of Matara. Beaches are shallow, calm and beautiful and safe for swimming. The village itself is inhabited by unsophisticated people who live a quiet tropical life. The area is yet unaffected by mass tourism. Dikwella is the place for tourists who wish to witness and enjoy authentic southern Sri Lankan village life. Shady coconut plantations, picturesque stilt fishermen and white, deserted beaches make a perfect background for a relaxed holiday in Sri Lanka.
A great event which one can watch or even participate is the traditional Devil Dance typical of this area. Devil Dancers who are really traditional healers seek good health for sick people from mystical powers that are invited to help speed up the recovery process of illness.
Dikwella is the location of Sri Lanka's largest seated Buddha Statue (Wewurukannala Vihara), which is 50 meters (160 feet) tall. Walls in the rooms of the building behind the statue are decorated with a 'library' of colourful pictures depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha and punishments of miscreants.
From Airport : Take the Katunayake Colombo Expressway (E03) / Outer Circular Highway (E02) / Southern Expressway (E01) to Mirissa (Exit from the 11th interchange Godagama)
From Airport : Take the Puttalam - Colombo main road (A003) / Colombo – Hambantota main Road (A002). (However the drive on the A003/A 002 will be more time consuming than other option)
From Colombo : Take the Southern Railway (Colombo/Matara) disembark at Matara Station and take public transport or hire a Taxi to Dikwella (20 Kms /12.5 Miles). Please log in to : Sri Lanka Railway Official Website For train timings
If you are travelling by Air you can either charter an Air Taxi or a Helicopter from the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) or from Colombo and land in Koggala Aerodrome which is approx. 22 Kms (14 Miles) to Mirissa.