Best MonthsDecember - May
Traveller TypesCouples, Families
Rank3 out of 18 attractions in Unawatuna
Places to stay near Unawatuna Beach
Reviews of Unawatuna Beach • 8
With the irresistible magnetism of sun, sea and sand, Unawatuna Beach is Sri Lanka's most famous beach. The beach was formerly renowned worldwide for its beauty, but post the tsunami disaster in 2004, the restructuring of Unawatuna was carried out in a haphazard manner. Its popularity for after-dark action however, remains undiminished.Things to do: Diving and snorkelling; Visit Ancient Galle Fort; Seek blessings at the Temple Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya; Relax at the Thaproban Beach House and eat some authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.
Things to do: The stunning beach is the centre of attraction for travellers reaching this small village in the Galle district. The beautiful coral reef and marine life surrounding this spot has made it a desired location for professional scuba divers as well as for beginners. Wreck dives and coral dives are organised by various operators on the beach, who also provide diving gear if you're up for the adventure.Best time to visit: February to mid March is the best time to enjoy diving and snorkelling in Unawatuna. These are also the months when you can spot whale sharks.
Unawatuna Beach in Southern Sri Lanka, known for it's biodiversity and corals, was once listed among the top ten best beaches in the world; until the recent Tsunami in 2004 destroyed much of the corals and beach side restaurants.
Moving forward, changing two buses, finally got me to my favorite place in Srilanka. This place is a real beauty and will definitely give you the European Vibe. Lively lanes, small cafes surrounded by beach, cycling around, every place is so much accessible. I cycled till Unawatuna beach & back and the experience was Woooow. Galle, has my heart and certainly going to visit again soon.
Unawatuna which is just a few kilometers south of Galle, is comparatively calm water beach and good for snorkeling and diving with abundant corals and fishes.
We stayed at the lovely Nooit Gedatch Heritage Hotel at Unawatuna Beach. It’s a boutique hotel and the best hotel we stayed at during our visit to Sri Lanka. I suggest booking directly through the hotel for a good deal. The staff is extremely friendly and resourceful too. We paid about 60$ for a night inclusive of breakfast back in 2012. The deluxe rooms were about 75$ and they might be worth the upgrade.WHERE TO EAT
Day 7: Its the final day and you don't want to put yourself into any more strain on travelling. Take a relaxed walk around the wall of Galle fortress in the morning hours. Also you can go visit some of the heritage buildings inside the fort like the mosque with its very unique architecture, national maritime museum and the old church.
Get out there and enjoy the sun, sand and beach. !!!