The 26th of December 2004, dawned on the island of Sri Lanka just like any other day. The Christians were getting back to their homes after celebrating Christmas with their loved ones. Many others were traveling to and from the exotic down south of the country after delightful holidays. And then tragedy struck. The faithful seas that failed not to stay within their boundaries for centuries suddenly rushed forth, furiously and powerfully destroying everyone and everything in the path in an instant. The Tsunami of 2004 claimed the lives of 40,000 people in the little island of Sri Lanka. The angry waters of the sea swept inland as far as 5 kilometers that fateful day.
The tragedy was one that shook the entire nation. Indeed, number of people in the country lost their lives as they had no clue about the devastation that a tsunami could cause. A number of people in the country were not even aware of the word ‘tsunami’ back then.
The Tsunami Education Centre & Museum, Hikkaduwa was established with the noble intention of educating the locals about the tsunamis and what causes this natural phenomenon. A tour in the Tsunami Education Centre & Museum, Hikkaduwa will take about 30 minutes. It starts with geological explanations that give details about the way in which tsunamis occur. There are also many photos that show the extent to which damages were caused to lives as well as properties on the December 2004 tsunami.
As you are traveling in the area with Green Holiday Centre, you can visit the Tsunami Education Centre & Museum, Hikkaduwa and learn about the tragedy that terrified the region on that day many years ago. It is open every day between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.