Unawatuna is a coastal village in the Galle district of Sri Lanka, just south of Galle itself. The name Unawatuna derives its name from the Singhalese words, Onna-wetuna, which translates into "there it fell". Unawatuna village was once a suburb where the Dutch living in Galle built their country homes, which are colonial style bungalows.
Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction and famous for its beautiful beaches and corals. Unawatuna is a semi circular bay and the reef reputedly has more species of fish than the Great Barrier Reef. The water is warm and crystal clear so it is not surprising that snorkelling, diving and wind surfing are all popular activities here. There is also lots of relaxing to be done on the pristine white sand. At the end of the beach sits a white Buddhist stupa on top of Rumassala Hill. It is covered in medicinal herbs and it is possible to hike around the area.
Unawatuna also has a good amount of restaurants serving many Sri Lankan delights and there are also a good amount of shops for you to pick up souvenirs.
If you are planning a Unawatuna holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Unawatuna Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Unawatuna.