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Hikkaduwa was one of Sri Lanka's first tourist destinations to become famous in the 1970s, owing to its palm-dotted beaches and snorkeling spots. The bustling city hosts the magnificent Hikkaduwa National Park, which is a renowned coral sanctuary with 70 varieties of multi-colored unique corals, exotic fish and marine turtles gracing the area. This is the perfect location for skilled snorkelers to explore the marine sanctuary, as well as for exciting diving lessons with PADI instructors, who are available throughout the season.