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Best Time: October - April Read More

Ideal duration: 2 - 3 Days

Nearest Airport: Koggala Airport, Sri Lanka Check Flights

"Thailand equivalent"

Unawatuna Tourism

When in Sri Lanka be sure to pay a visit to Unawatuna which is in the southern part of Sri Lanka, 6 km from Galle. Known for its beautiful beaches, hip cafes, trendy restaurants and plenty of sightseeing make Unawatuna an attraction for tourists as well as the locals who are looking for a weekend getaway. 

There are many different places which you may choose to stay at while at Unawatuna and there is something available for every budget. However, the main attraction of the place is the famous banana-shaped, golden beach. You can relax, unwind or have a relaxing time at the beach or take a dip in the cold water.

The vibe of the place is quite similar to being in Thailand or Cambodia, and if you are fond of a happening nightlife, Unawatuna is the place to be. During the day you can have a chill time at the beach or indulge in some guilty pleasure by going on a shopping spree or pampering yourself in the delicious food of Sri Lanka. Make sure to visit the turquoise waters of the hidden Jungle Beach for a beautiful sunset.

Unfortunately, the place has been rebuilt quickly after being affected by the devastating Tsunami in the year 2004, which might be a negative for some of the visitors. However, barring the negative side, there is still a lot to do and explore and make some beautiful memories at Unawatuna.

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History and Mythology of Unawatuna

The description of the place has its roots in the famous epic Ramayana. In the epic, Hanuman was sent back to India to obtain some special herbs to heal Lord Lakshman. Unable to identify the individual herbs, Hanuman lifted the whole mountain bringing it back to the Lord. However, on doing so, a part of the hill fell in the location of the present day Unawatuna. The village is thus called 'Unawatuna' meaning 'fell off'.

Three Day Itinerary to Unawatuna

Day 1: Pay a visit to the Unawatuna Beach which is a great place to relax and unwind on the sunbed after a long day or to cool off by taking a swim in the ocean, or a walk up the beach. On the other hand, if you are looking to spend alone or quiet time, visit the Jungle Beach, which is located at a 15 minutes drive from the Unawatuna beach. On the walk to the Unawatuna beach, you will also find some local shops and boutiques to buy some local trinkets and clothes. Finish off the day by grabbing something delicious from the nearby restaurants and cafes. Day 2: Get your adventure pumping at the beach swing at Dalawella beach, which is one of the most exciting places in the city and totally Instagram worthy. You can also go to the small turtle sanctuary which saves the turtles from the plastic and nurses them back to normalcy and swims with the turtles at the famous Dalawella Beach. Day 3: Get mesmerized with the unique architecture at Galle Fort, which is designed in the Dutch, Portuguese and British styles, also take back a memoir/souvenir from the souvenir shop. Relax and take a swim in the Infinity Pool, which is near Galle Fort. The infinity pool is the perfect place for an afternoon swim or to relax with a drink by soaking in the breathtaking view.

Food in Unawatuna

Sri Lanka is a paradise for every non-vegetarian who loves seafood, and Unawatuna is nothing short of that paradise. It offers many great options for seafood as well as delicious pancakes and eggs for breakfast. But that does not mean that the vegetarians go empty handed. There are also plenty of restaurants offering vegetarian options. Skinny Tom's Deli- Famous for brunch and coffee Kingfisher Hotel- Known for its happening nightlife Galle fruit market- Bite into some delicious fruit Bed space: A tad expensive but offers excellent food Happy spice: Cheap and local place for some yummy snacks

Shopping in Unawatuna

There are a lot of great places to shop at Unawatuna. Familiar and famous shopping places include the road which leads to the beach where there are many small boutiques and local shops where you are sure to find some authentic stuff. You may also find yourself getting a tattoo or some henna.

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