Things To Do In Unawatuna 0 205

Things To Do In Unawatuna 0 206

Turtle Hatchery Habaraduwa

Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundance of nature where one can transcend from one experience to another. However, among them, a canvas of collaged beaches are what most visitors to the Serendib isle long for. If the all-night rave parties of Hikkaduwa is not the ideal tonic to indulge then Unawatuna is the perfect vibe. Here, one can hibernate a few days, experiencing the nonchalant pleasures of the destination enveloped around palm-fringed beaches. Certainly, there is more to see than turtles in Unawatuna as it is one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka.

For those in Colombo, Unawatuna is only a Southbound train away. This Southern line runs from Colombo Fort Railway Station to Matara via Galle. If you opt to travel via the E01 Southern Expressway, your journey shouldn’t take more than two hours.

There are many budget hotels in Unawatuna sufficient to meet the needs of most visitors to the town looking for a sunny holiday. Yoho Sun Guest House, Unawatuna offers comfortable standardised accommodation at an attractive price for those who want to indulge in the sites of the Unawatuna.

Among the many Sri Lanka attractions, a visit to the Southern beach town of Unawatuna is mandatory. This will definitely bring to light many memories to linger for years to come.

Here are some of our favourite things to do in Unawatuna. 

Unawatuna Beach

Following the 2004 tsunami, the beach is not as wide as one would expect it to be. Still however, the beach looks great with plenty of sun, sea and sand surrounded by leafy fringes of coconut trees. Interestingly enough, the beach resembles a horseshoe. Home to many small inexpensive restaurants, bars and budget guesthouses, one can literally live by the beach here.

Wella Dewala Road and Other Tourist Streets

Running out of time to shop in Colombo? The little tourist streets in Unawatuna have ample beach attire, handmade costume jewellery and must-have local souvenirs. You can attempt to strike a bargain in order to pay for your money’s worth. 

Turtle Hatchery

Many tourists visit the hatchery to have a glimpse of these little sea creatures. But few know that at the hatchery one can release baby turtles into the ocean. The hatchery was completely washed ashore by the tsunami but has since being rebuilt with the help of donors and well wishers. All it takes is a 15-minute tuk-tuk ride from Unawatuna to hatchery in Habaraduwa.

Japanese Peace Pagoda

The pagoda was built in the 2005 in remembrance of the 15 Japanese students who perished due to the tsunami. It’s all white simplicity make it a place of interlude and contemplation. We do suggest that you visit the place just before sunset for stunning views mixed soulfully with the chanting of prayers in the backdrop. Anybody in Unawatuna will know where it is. Just make sure to bring a long dress or a scarf to cover around legs in order to enter.

Jungle Beach

The jungle beach could be hiked from the main Unawatuna beach without much of a challenge. After a trail, a small shrub hill and then you will find yourself in this secluded beach. As in other beaches, it can get crowded over the weekend. The beach is surrounded by a small forest which offers plenty of shade. There are sufficient amount of sun lounges to while away the time to soak in the sun.

Unawatuna Lagoon

Explore the natural landscape and diverse array of fauna and flora while one navigates the surrounding mangrove forest. Your guide will also help you learn more about the ecosystems and birdlife during the excursion.  

Featured image by Chris Kendall.

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