Unawatuna is one of the most famous areas of Sri Lanka. Nowadays, you can see many tourists in this area spending their vacations there, but relax you can still enjoy this area without the craziness of the tourism. This happen because the south has the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka.
On this guide we will explain, how to spend a few days in this paradise.
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1. UNAWATUNA BEACH
Is the main beach of Unawatuna. Here we can see locals and also tourists, some areas of the beach are nice for a swimming others are occupied with sunbeds, which, by the way you can rent them for a reasonable price.
The beach has direct access from the street so there are several choices of cafes and restaurants!
2. DALAWELLA BEACH
If you are looking for the famous instagrammable place, you arrive to the right place.
Dalawella is known by his beautiful sunset rock. However in the morning the light is also good to take some photos and the beach is not so crowed as the sunset time!
In this place you will find plenty of restaurants by the beach, one that we highly recommend is the Wijaya Beach. Awesome cocktails and food! Yummy!!
Just before arriving to the Wijaya Beach Restaurant, you will see a small restaurant calls “Dream Cabana”. In this small place is located the famous palm tree swing! To try this you have to pay, since the owner of the restaurant take some advantage and charge for the rides. The price is 500 LKR (approx. €2.50) per person, and you can swing 3 times or maybe more, just try to convince the owner for more couple of rides!
3. KOGGALA BEACH
Koggala Beach is only 15 minutes away by motorbike from Unawatuna Beach! In this case, we rent a motorbike for only 10.000 LKR (approx €5.00) a day, which give us more flexibility to explore the area!
So far, Koggala Beach is on our Top 3 beaches of Sri Lanka! The beach is enormous, with white sand, a great coastline and basically we had it for our self’s, isn’t that nice??
We park our motorbike in front of Catalina Restaurant. From there you have access for the beach; besides in front of the restaurant is “parked” an oldest airplane of Sri Lanka Air force. The restaurants sells tickets if you want to see inside of the aircraft.
4. SEA TURTLE HATCHERY
This hatchery is located just right next to Koggala Beach! You will see plenty of hatcheries along the coast. We did a lot of research on these hatcheries, we didn’t know if it would be more tourist attraction or really institutions concerned with these beings. We decided to clarify our doubts. The ticket fee is 500 LKR (approx € 2.50) per person. One person from the hatchery guides you during the visit and explains the work they do there.
In the end, we left there with some doubts. They really do have turtles that need care before they go to the ocean, others they just want to protect the species from extinction or from hunters. But the conditions there are in need of improvement. The water tanks where the turtles are are a bit small for their size. Super positive point on these hatcheries, they protect the eggs from the hunters and when they know that these eggs are almost to be born they prepare the way for them to the ocean. Those who are born more fragile, they keep them and when they see that they are strong enough they return them to the sea.
5. STILT FISHERMAN
Well, as you probably know, Stilt Fishing is one of the most interesting traditional fishing methods of Sri Lanka. You can see them along the southern coast, such as Koggala.
When we were making our plans to visit Sri Lanka, and after we had also seen influencers on the instagram taking pictures with these fishermen, we thought “we want it to! What a tradition so unique!” But we have to say that unfortunately everything is FAKE!! This fishing tradition no longer exists in Sri Lanka. Nowadays it is only a tourist attraction. When we got to the beach we saw a group of men in the shade, and when they saw us coming they were running to the wooden stands and one approached us and told us “if they want photo you have to pay” So he asked us 500 LKR to take photos! But we were smarter and we managed to take photos before he asked for the money so we left without paying!
Conclusion, it is a point to visit in Koggala, but don´t expect to see something natural and traditional because unfortunately it is not!
6. KOGGALA LAKE
It’s a beautiful lake right just a few minutes driving from Koggala Beach. Here if they are lucky you can see several species of animals. From crocodiles to several types of birds … A true landmark of nature. You can take a boat tour, where you cross the lake from one side to the another. The price varies according to the haggling you can do with the locals. As we traveled with low-budget we didn’t do the tour, but we saw the lake in several points:
1) Hotel Tri Lanka – The motorcycle access is a bit complicated but not impossible. We politely asked if we could go see the lake views from the pool area and they said yes. Lucky us!!
2) Bridge to Talatuduwa Temple – Before reaching this temple there is a small bridge where the view of the lake is amazing.
3) Talatuduwa Buddhist Temple – After crossing the bridge you will find a small Buddhist community. There you can go to see the temple and also the lake from another perspective.
5) Spice and Herbal Garden – Here you can see the spice garden and aromatic herbs and still see the lake; in this place there is a person to offer the boat tour.
7. GETAWAY TO GALLE
Some people prefer to spend the night in Galle, and then the next day go to Unawatuna. We make our hostel reservation for 2 nights. We arrive early morning to Unawatuna, put our backpacks in the hostel and them we had the full day to visit the Galle Fort.
If you want to know more about our full day in Galle just read more our post ⇒ ONE DAY AT GALLE, SRI LANKA.
8. WHERE TO STAY?
IT’S BED TIME!! 💤 WHERE TO STAY IN UNAWATUNA?
Luxury – Sisikirana Villa (Luxury Villa in Galle) – This 5 stars hotel is the perfect place if you want to stay in front of the beach with all the luxury.
Mid-Budget – Villa Gaetano Unawatuna – A cheap and cheerful hotel.
Backpacker – The Rockstel – Unawatuna – Perfect place for backpackers, right in the city center, cheap and very friendly place.
If you don’t know what kind of accommodation that you prefer, just click here, where you have a lot of excellent options!
Safe and Happy Travels Everyone ✈
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