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Unawatuna Beaches Sri Lanka Post Tsunami

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Unawatuna is just four kilometer further south down Route A2 from the dutch fortress city of Galle. Over 200 kilometres of sun drenched tropical beaches and misty mountain ranges situated over 2000m above sea level are on offer to tempt the connoisseurs of adventure & good living. To top it all off, the people are friendly and the food is delicious. The land sits beside a small river, hence the name Punci Ganga, meaning small or little river. It is situated approximately two kilometers from the main area of Unawatuna beach.

Stilt fishermen near Unawatuna

While I stood there several tuk-tuk drivers came by to offer their services. Finally, I found a guy I liked and decided to go with him. I settled the bill and my Tuk-Tuk driver arrived at 13.30pm to begin the journey north up to Deniyaya. Southern Sri Lanka had provided me with real variety in terms of food, guesthouses and the people I had met and I am hoping for more to come in the next few weeks.

Unawatuna beach - strongly recommended

That’s why the village name means “fell down.” Another chunk is said to have been dropped by Hanuman to form the Ritigala Mountain, in the North Central Province. Our Sri Lankan holiday experts have reviewed over 100 traditional Sri Lanka hotels from luxury colonial villas to boutique bungalows. Online booking for holidays that experience the real Sri Lanka. Designed as a Sri Lankan fishing village, this hotel is a great place to stay, nestled on the south coast bay, just off the beach. Outside the resort, the historic city of Kandy is a short taxi ride as well is the turtle hatchery.


It is a haven for those who crave a beautiful beach and entertaining evenings. This small bay is graced with golden sands and a calm turquoise sea. Enjoy dining at the simple, open beach restaurant which overlooks the ocean. The Unawatuna Beach Resort is small and unfussy with comfortable rooms that are decorated with rattan furniture and have adequate facilities and services. Although no rooms actually have views of the beach, the beautiful golden sands and turquoise sea is a short walk away. There are also PADI certification classes and dives arranged from the resort itself.

unawatuna beach

One of the hardest-hit beach towns on the East Coast was Unawatuna, just south of the city of Galle. There on a curving stretch of beach was a bar and restaurant named The Happy Banana. You can enjoy the sound of the ocean and get a great view of the Unawatuna Bay from the Rendezvous Restaurant located right on the beach. You can spend many hours in this colourful, well furnished restaurant and be pampered by a unique, friendly service by a smiling staff. Now the sea has eaten into YADDEHIMULLA area, where there is virtually NO sandy beach anymore, as the beach area is housing unauthorized buildings put up by political henchmen of Government party politicians of the area. Most restaurants are above 10 feet from waters edge that is lapping up on granite boulders dumped by the Restaurant owners to save their buildings most of which are cracking up on the sea side.

unawatuna beach

Open air bar adjacent to the restaurant and the beach bar provide a range of drinks including wide variety of cocktails Conference and banqueting facilities up to 400 guests. The location of Norlanka is not right on the beach, which is a great advantage if you want to avoid the noise from bars or the sea. The 200 meters walk is not a problem.

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  • Asoka Weerasinghe September 24, 2009, 8:52 am

    Yeah! Unawatuna is the best beach in Sri Lanka!
    It’s the best place for Frequent independent travelers to chill out in.
    Life is easy going, food fantastic, great places to stay in,and friendly people to boot.

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