Sun-kissed Unawatuna offers much more than tanning, cocktails and a party beach…


Unawatuna is more than a top Sri Lanka west-coast party beach. As Wanderers and Warriors website points out, “there’s much more than just tanning and cocktails to be found in this sun kissed south Sri Lankan town…”

That’s not to say the beach doesn’t count—far from it. For sand, sea and surf lovers, Jungle Beach “has crystal blue waters, and is somewhere you can fully switch off and listen to the sound of the sea.”

And Dalawella Beach, famous for its rope swing and low bending palm trees, “is a beautiful strip of sand just down the road from Unawatuna’s main beach. With its picture perfect spots and water that’s perfect for swimming, we highly recommend a stroll along one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka”.

One of the best known tourist attractions are the stilt fisherman, a definite must-see. “Sitting for hours on nothing but a large stick with a line and pole fishing approach, it’s a way for the poorer men to earn a living and a huge part of their culture. If you scooter along the coastline of Unawatuna in the morning they’re pretty hard to miss!”

Another is the Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, “one of the most amazing experiences of our lives, let alone Sri Lanka. The guys here are doing an amazing job of rescuing and rehabilitating injured turtles as well as buying local eggs from poachers and nurturing them until they hatch.

And of course there is Galle, “ an historic old town just 15 minutes up the coast from Unawatuna. If you’re really into Dutch history it might be worth staying over but we recommend renting a scooter for the day and exploring the fort and old town all in an afternoon.

Finally, shopping and eating. “From hand picked Ceylon tea to unique hand crafted ornaments, you’ll find everything you need to take a piece of Sri Lanka home with you.”

Foodie-wise, there’s Koco’s Beach Grill: “How could we not recommend a good old fashioned British jacket potato. The owner of Coco’s has brought a piece of the UK to Unawatuna with his traditional fish and chip shop, as well as some awesome cheese and bean topped jackets.”

And to round off a perfect day, “SannyPanny, opened by a Dutch/Sri Lankan couple not so long ago, has nailed the hostel vibe! The family feeling and evening ambience really makes you feel at home plus the group dinners on the terrace are a great way to meet fellow travellers.

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