Community Tsunami Museum, Hikkaduwa

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Take an emotional journey through the history of the 2004 tsunami at Community Tsunami Museum. This museum educates communities about the dangers of tsunamis, while commemorating the 2004 tragedy that claimed so many lives. The tour starts with geological explanations, describing how tsunamis occur, how they are measured, and what warning systems can do to minimize the damage when one does strike. You'll continue on to see photographs of the area after the tsunami, giving you a sense of how the disaster affected Sri Lanka, and how people banded together to repair the damage across the island. Read the stories of people who survived and get a sense of the true horrors of this tragedy. Plan your visit to Community Tsunami Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planner .
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  • Scary to see, you got tears in my eyes but it was nice to see that there were volunteers, they did a great job in helping the toll after the devastation.
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  • The tsunami caused major damage both in house and many families whose relatives disappeared. I had tears in my eyes, what job all volunteers did to help.
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  • The Museum was not large but very worth seeing. You had to learn about what a tsunami is, and how it occurs, and see pictures of the devastation after the tsunami in 2004. The Museum also had a section where there was info and pictures, and work after the tsunami had taken place, something that was very nice. I would, however, caution that there may be images inside the Museum that can be perceived as very unpleasant, something that those who work at the Museum were very sympathetic with. That being said, I think absolutely you should visit the Museum. The Museum was free but you could donate any amount of money.
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  • Our family visited the museum and the Peraliya Buddha. Good tour about the cause of the tsunami and the impact. It's a small museum but very worthwhile a visit.
  • Small but worth a visit if your nearby. Friendly and informative staff.
  • Don't rush trough it like an idiot but take 30 minutes and read all the text and look at each picture. Then its a fascinating place to go.
  • Hmmm.. not bad..
  • Getting an effort to contemplate what happened

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A popular tourist spot for swimming and surfing, Hikkaduwa offers a good selection of mid-range beach-oriented lodgings. Boutique-style luxury resorts, inexpensive guesthouses, and even beach huts will put you close to the water. A number of diving centers offer their own basic accommodations. For those wanting more privacy and tranquility, a number of hotels cluster around nearby Hikkaduwa Lake, with scenic views and serene balconies.
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