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The real live Unawatuna lies inside of Route A2 Galle Matara main road. The original village where it all started, Yaddehimulla, you turn off the main road just before 123 km Post. The motorable, tarred road, a kilometer in length brings you to the best area of Unawatuna with all the Guest houses, homestays, Resturants, Hotels, Internet cafes, tuk-tuk stands, boutique hotels etc.
Most of them are on the World Wide Web with their own Websites. If you search on any major search Engine with keywords like Unawatuna, Unawatuna homestays, guesthouses etc. you will find a host of sites offering varied style of accommodation.
Unawatuna is 150 kms from Colombo's Bandaranayaka International Airport in Katunayaka. The journey through busy Colombo roads take over 3 hours by private vehicles. Most hotels and guesthouses offer Airport pick up for hassel free quick get-away.
Easiest way to get around is by TUK TUK or Three Wheelers. Day trips to Dutch Fortress in Galle, Martin Wickremasinghe Museum in Koggala, Hikkaduwa, Mirrissa, Ahangama can be fun on a "Tuk-Tuk". Deal with the driver, make sure there are NO hangers on, or you will be taken for a ride. They can be hired for the whole day, just the trip or to be dropped off some destination. Most of them can be contacted by Mobile phone. Get an idea of their charges before hand.
Longer Trips and round tours can be arranged with car or vans. Sunrise Tours near the Wella Devalaya got well maintained Car and Van
Public Transport Trains and Air-con buses are the cheapest mode of transport.
Jungle Beach, (4 km from Unawatuna). Small beach lost in the the jungle. Acces by boat or by Tuk-Tuk from Unawatuna
Sea Horse Divers, Address, ☎ +94 77-6277622 ([email protected]), . One of the diving centres on the Unawatuna beach, good instructors, possibility to dive for people without license with a discovery dive. 25€ per dive.
The coral reef allows to discover beautiful fishes and seashells. Snorkels and masks can be borrowed in guesthouses or diving centres.
Unawatuna bay is safe for swimmers. From the middle of the beach (Unawatuna Beach Resort area) it is safe to swim to the rock island, however climbing the rock island itself might be dangerous and is not recommended. It will take you one hour or more to go and come back. Giant but friendly sea turtles might pop up close to you.
Climb the pagoda at the West end of the beach and enjoy your time at the rocks. Especially sunrise and sunset offer stunning panoramas.
The streets and beach of Unawatuna offer plenty of places to buy jewels, clothes, paintings and other souvenirs.
You can find many nice guesthouses. Guesthouses on the beach are the most expensive and they become cheaper if you move away from the beach.
Celltantao Resort, (One-minute walk from the beach), ☎ +94-149318974 ([email protected]), . Nice clean private rooms with attached bathrooms in a garden setting. Backpacker budget friendly(<US$10). Friendly and helpful owner.
STRAND HOMESTAY, 218, Yaddehimulla Road (800 Meters along Yaddehimulla Road.), ☎ +94-912224358 ([email protected]), . checkin: Any Hour; checkout: 12 Noon. Home-stay STRAND is not a traditional Hotel or a Guest house, nor a boutique villa. We offer you a stay in the ambiance of a traditional Ancestral Sinhalese Family home. $15-50.