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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  • September 25, 2017
    This was worth visit, the amount of devastation caused by the tidal wave was enormous. The photos were grafic and saddening.  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    This museum will leave you speechless at what the people here had to go through. Please visit, an incredible couple run this and it being a small humble house makes it all the more worth going to.  more »
  • September 18, 2017
    Certainly just going along to take a look and listen to the stories of a lady! Particular to all photos to see and to reflect what is happening.
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  • December 17, 2016
    It gives you a very sad feeling but also a good reminder of how nature can become devastating. There was plenty of information and lots of pics about the fatal 2004 Tsunami.
  • May 11, 2016
    This is a an excellent little stop. Take half an hour between towns and see amazing collection of photos, some of them very graphic and upsetting, and get better understanding of the tsunami. Simple donation only and the curator gave excellent tour and explanations of photos.
  • January 11, 2017
    Can't take photos inside but a nice low budget museum. They'll ask you for tips when you leave though.
  • April 12, 2017
    wow. it is dangeres place bro
  • May 14, 2017
    Must visit place in hikkaduwa

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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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