Exploring from Tangalle Part II: Dikwela Blowhole & Goyambokka Beach

Hi friends, here is the second part of my half day trip exploring from Tangalle that I promised you on Monday. If you haven’t seen Part I yet, read it first here: Exploring from Tangalle Part I: Big Buddha Temple (but make sure you come back to check out the second part afterwards).

On this half day tuk tuk trip from Tangalle we went with our driver Dilantha to the Big Buddha Temple, Dikwela Blowhole and Goyambokka Beach. It was I who put the itinerary together and we just hired Dilantha to take us.

dikwela blowhole goyambokka beach

In Part I, we had just finished visiting the Big Buddha Temple in Dikwela. Dilantha was waiting for us and we climbed into his tuk tuk to drive just out of town to the famous Dikwela Blowhole…

Dikwela Blowhole

From the Big Buddha Temple we were just a short tuk tuk ride away from the Dikwela Blowhole. Neither Toni nor I had ever seen a blowhole and we wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

If you don’t know what a blowhole is, this article from Wikipedia is really informative.

Turned out that all the fuss was about NOTHING. If I’ve ever wasted 500rs (for both of us) it was here.

We spent about half an hour there in total. And yes, we did see a few spurts of water fly up into the air from between the rocks, but seriously, they charge for this? What a let-down.

Dikwela Blowhole, Sri Lanka

If you were thinking of visiting the Dikwela Blowhole, take my advice: don’t. Save yourself 250rs and find yourself a perfect little spot on the beach where you can watch the waves crashing against the rocks. It’s about as exciting.

How to get to the Dikwela Blowhole

If you are really determined to see the blowhole, it’s quite easy to get to. If you are finding your own way there, it’s well sign-posted and all the locals know where it is and will be happy to help, as always in Sri Lanka. Of course, downloading a Google map before you set off is also a great help.

Note: if you are asking locals for directions, just say “blowhole”, don’t bother trying to pronounce Hoo-man-iya, as it’s known locally just as “blowhole”. If you are tuk tuk-ing to to the Dikwela Blowhole, your driver will certainly know the place.

You’ll be dropped off in a dusty car park where you’ve to bung the old lady 20rs for parking and then you walk the couple of hundred metres up a good few steps following the sign posts.

Goyambokka Beach

Goyambokka Beach, Sri Lanka

After our two sightseeing sites we hopped back in Dilantha’s tuk tuk and went for a much needed dip in the sea. It must have been 40 degrees, it was one of the hottest days yet.

I had decided to include Goyambokka Beach on this homemade itinerary for two reasons:

  1. It was on our way.
  2. I had originally planned for us to stay at Goyambokka for a couple of nights but our itinerary changed a bit and we decided not to bother. I still wanted to see Goyambokka Beach but I also wanted to confirm that we had made the right decision not to actually stay there.

Dilantha dropped us right at the entrance to the narrow passageway that led to Goyambokka Beach and it took us just a couple of minutes to walk through.

Goyambokka Beach, Sri Lanka

When we emerged onto the beach I could see immediately why another blogger had called it Paradise’s Paradise. And I could also see why the decision we had taken not to stay there was the correct one.

The beach was picture perfect: a gorgeous cove with attractive coconut palms and the soft powdery sand like we get at home rather than the coarse, scratchy sand which covers most of Tangalle’s beaches.

I was so glad I was going to have an hour or so to enjoy this beach.

Goyambokka Beach, Sri Lanka

That said, our short visit would be quite enough: it was just too exclusive for two backpackers on a budget. There was a string of guest houses on the dusty track where we’d left the tuk tuk, plus one exclusive resort and a mere two bars on the beach itself. The drinks we had on the beach cost more than in Tangalle and the food prices were astronomical. 1,100rs for an egg roti at one place. Needless to say we didn’t eat!

So if we’d stayed at Goyambokka we’d have been watching the prices all the time and feeling ripped off.

Also, after our couple of days relaxing at Marakolliya we knew we didn’t need more isolation. Tangalle was a much better balance: very low-key, and chilled out but with plenty of options for eating, drinking and things to do.

On the other hand, this visit to Goyambokka Beach rounded off our half day trip perfectly.

Goyambokka Beach, Sri Lanka

Useful info for those planning to recreate this trip:

Time: 4 hours / tuk tuk: 2,500rs / driver: Dilantha / Big Buddha Temple: 200rs pp / Blowhole: 250rs pp / drinks on Goyambokka Beach 350rs / Take: suncream, hat, water, clothes to cover shoulders and legs, swimsuit and towel.

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