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Unawatuna beach

Unawatuna is a small beach resort village in Southern Sri Lanka.

Get in

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.

Public transport from BIA to Colombo is available just outside the airport. Unawatuna can be reached by Trains, Air-con buses and CTB State run buses plying regularly to Galle and Matara.

Get around

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

  • Turtle Hatchery, Matara Road, Habaraduwa (About 3 km south of Unawatuna). Day time. A Hatchery run by individuals just off the Beach to conserve Turtle eggs laid on the wide long beach stretching all the way to the Hotels in Koggala. Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Green Turtles nestle here. 300 rps.
  • Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, Yatagala Unawatuna (Turn off at Eramudugaha Junction), 091 2222199. Day&Night. Ancient Buddhist Temple built by Sri Lankan Royalty dating back to 2300 years when a sapling of the Sri Maha Bo Tree in Anuradapura was planted here during the reign of His Majesty Devanam Piyatissa. Donations accepted.


Scuba Diving

Sea Horse Divers, Address, +94 77-6277622 (), [1]. 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.



  • Riddim, Matara Road, +94 9112242015 (+94 776959490, ). Restaurant and Bar located at the east end of the beach. A very good bar for the fans of world and reggae music. Parties organized the Wednesday and Sundays.


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.


  • Ocean Hill, K.A.Arjuna, +94 912224827 (). Cheap guest house located 100m from the beach. The rooms are clean and the breakfast is very good. There is no hot water. 1500 LKR (breakfast included).
  • Sadhana Birdhouse, 212/A, Yaddehimulla Road (5 minutes along Yaddehimulla Road.), +94-912224953 (). checkout: 12 Noon. The Bird House is a beautiful guest house set back from the Unawatuna beach offering a warm welcome from a friendly Sri Lankan family. Located 3 minutes walk from the beach. It is the perfect place to relax and un wind from every day life. The rooms are spacious and clean with an attached bath room, a balcony to sit and watch the world go by. $10-25.
  • Surfcity Guesthouse, Unawatuna beach (close to Unawatuna beach resort), (). checkout: 12 Noon. Cheap rates, clean, friendly staff. Three types of spacey rooms, 1. basic double rooms, 2. double rooms with a.c. and hot water, 3. luxury suites. Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at extra cost. Set on the beach. Free internet service.

Mid Range

Celltantao Resort, (One-minute walk from the beach), +94-149318974 (), [2]. Nice clean private rooms with attached bathrooms in a garden setting. Backpacker budget friendly(<US$10). Friendly and helpful owner.

Sea View, Devala Road, +94-912224376 (), [3]. Hot water, restaurant and internet. from 15$ to 55$.

STRAND HOMESTAY, 218, Yaddehimulla Road (800 Meters along Yaddehimulla Road.), +94-912224358 (), [4]. 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.


Get out

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