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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  • I wanted to do this when I heard about it, but do not go in thinking that you will be happy afterwards. Hearing about the history of the devastation and how it still affects Sri Lankans today was sobe...  more »
  • Small place with three or four rooms. The first one had lots of interesting info about the earth, plate tectonics and how the tsunami happened, the others are photos of the aftermath. There are very i...  more »
  • a little museum with a lot of pictures of the destruction in Tsunami. place is quiet and calm. no photos allowed inside.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Can't take photos inside but a nice low budget museum. They'll ask you for tips when you leave though.
  • wow. it is dangeres place bro
  • 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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