|Hikka ‘Scintillate 2010’ kicks
By Ananda Seneviratne, our Hikkaduwa Corr.
The grand annual “Hikka” beach carnival at
Hikkaduwa was kicked off on Friday night under the
theme ‘Scintillate 2010’ at Hotel Amaya. It
The event organiser, Ifham Ariss said that the
festival consisted of a variety of events like
traditional music, western music, cultural shows,
beauty pageants, dancing and many more to entertain
both foreign and local tourists.
Sri Gunawardana, the previous event organiser and
the president of the Hikkaduwa Hoteliers
Association, said that this time the event was their
personal effort and there was no involvement by the
Tourist Board due to the adverse publicity given to
last year’s Carnival “Hikka 2009”.
In light of the event all hotels were fully booked
this weekend. Amaya alone is hosting 750 locals and
The main pageant organised by the Hoteliers
Association with the help of Tourists Providers
Association, Hikkaduwa Urban Council and the Ruhunu
Tourism Organisation comprised three elephants and
24 dance items. To entertain the villagers and
attract the youth in the area a musical show has
also been specially organised at the beach near
Though there is no involvement by the Tourists Board
in this year’s carnival, it is expected to be no
less vibrant as in past years.
In view of the massive crowd expected Hikkaduwa
Police has been strengthened with additional
personnel from other divisions.