The beach has crowned as ‘The World’s Best Tropical Beach’ by The Discovery Channel, and ‘Best Beach in the World’ by Mark Ellingham, of the Rough Guides. Valmiki’s epic “Ramayanaya” has described a beach paradise similar to Unawatuna. According to the story, during Rama-Ravana battle Rama sent Hanuman (Monkey king) to Himalaya to bring some medicine in order to heal Lakshman. But Hanuman couldn’t identify the plant so he took the entire mountain and bring it to Sri Lanka. While he was carrying it was fell off near Unawatuna. Hence the name Una-watuna became Unawatuna (means fell off in Sinhala). The mountain in the story called Rumassala which is at the Unawatuna beach.
It is situated in South East of the Sri Lanka in a Galle district 6kms south to Galle town. Not too many beaches in country offers the same combination of golden sand, a protected bay, spectacular sunsets, safe to swim all year round, and conveniently close to a wide variety of shopping, dining and cultural attractions.
Travel could be done by bus, train or a car. If you take Southern highway you can reach Unawatuna with 90 minutes. It is just 5 minutes away from Galle town. It is a lovely beach surrounded by palm trees. Shallow turquoise is ideal for swimming, surfing, diving and snorkeling. A breathtaking view of the bay is amazing especially in the sunset; it is most romantic scene someone could enjoy in their lifetime.
Not only the beach is tourists’ paradise it is very famous among locals as well. People are come in families, take bath, play and enjoy. There are number of tourist resorts along the beach. You may be able to find some cheaper alternative in walkable distance. Same goes with the dining choices. Street food to star class fancy restaurants, food huts, bars, everything is available in a close proximity. Active night life also attracts foreign customers very well.
Unawatuna also one of the best places in Sri Lanka for surfing. Surfing and kite surfing has been practiced here for a while. Unawatuna surf point is also known as Wella Devalaya surf point. There is another reef break a longer paddle away, which is also popular among surfers. It is better in high tides especially in the evening. Long boards are advisable at Unawatuna since the waves rarely exceed 4ft. Unawatuna also more known for scuba diving and snorkeling. Gears can be rented in many convenient places.
Not just a beach, There are fabulous cultural site is in a 15 minutes away. Galle fort, also known as a Dutch Fort or Rampart of Galle is named as a UNESCO heritage site. Built by Portuguese in 1588 and then fortified by Dutch in 17th century. Galle’s historic existence can be traced back to Ptolemy’s world map, when it was a busy port trading with Far East and Middle East countries. Lorenzo de Almeida and his crew landed here in 1505 cause a much change and development in the country. The Galle Fort is a well preserved historical archeological and architectural monument. Still you will be able to see its past glory.
As I have mentioned earlier, Unawatuna is a combination of all type of experiences. It gives you a perfect holiday.
Attractions Places & Activities for Tourists Unawatuna
- Scuba & Snorkeling
- Boat Tours
- Fishing Charters & Tours
- Japanese Peace Pagoda
- Mihiripanna Beach
- Jungle Beach
- Unawatuna Beach
- Galle Fort
- Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
- Dutch Reformed Church
- Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya
- Galle Fort Lighthouse
- Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre Mahamodara
- Gift & Specialty Shops
- Dalawella Beach
- Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex
- Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala)