Sunset painting the sky pink and orange on the beach in Unawatuna

Unawatuna Tours and Travels

About Unawatuna

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 as "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 has numerous restaurants serving many Sri Lankan delights and there are also several boutiques selling handcrafted trinkets for you to take home as souvenirs.

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Unawatuna is a major tourist destination and famous for its beautiful beaches and corals. The shoreline takes the shape of a semicircle 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 is a great location for hiking.

Given its status as a beach town, Unawatuna is a fantastic place to sample some of Sri Lanka's finest seafood. Fresh fish, prawns, crabs and more can be ordered from the plethora of eateries that fill this quaint town, each dish cooked to perfection and mouth-wateringly good. Unawatuna is also a fantastic place to observe the world's largest creature - the blue whale. Dozens of operators take boats of visitors to seek out and observe these majestic creatures. For wildlife enthusiasts, this is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Unawatuna Hotels

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:

Coco Bay Unawatuna Unawatuna

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid-range Boutique Hotel

The boutique Coco Bay offers a quiet and serene atmosphere with its own private beach and magnificent views of the Galle fort overlooking the swaying palm trees and stunning sunsets. Each room is uniquely designed with an amazing sea view from several angles even while enjoying a bath in the jacuzzi. The spacious balconies are ideal for sipping your evening cocktails while watching the magical sun sets, furnished with comfortable day beds and other designer furniture .

Unawatuna Beach Unawatuna

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The stunning Unawatuna Beach Resort offers spacious, bright and clean rooms that come complete with a range of modern amenities. There is a friendly bar onsite as well as a picturesque outdoor restaurant. The resort offers exciting water sports activities including a PADI diving Club, snorkelling, fishing and boating. The accommodation is perfectly located on the shores of Unawatuna. With sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, it really is a beach lovers' paradise.

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.

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