Day 2 -So, this is my Scuba day. I called the dive master, he told me that I could get there around 11 and with some money to take underwater photos, I took the beginners' Discovery dive. For few minutes, he taught me the rules of underwater diving and gave me some tips if anything goes wrong. After all that, I had put on this tight suit and heavy gear. It is hard to walk with all that. Then we went in for 3 km in and then my heart started to beat. This is for real. I have to swim underwater now. And that too, I have to fall in the ocean on my back. It was one crazy experience, and I would do it anywhere now. (Well No, if there were any Sharks). We saw some rare fishes, Coral, and sunken ships (during the war) and as my Oxygen gas was emptying, I pulled it back up. That was one of the first craziest thing I did.
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It is said that Unawatuna closely resembles the paradise beaches described in Valmiki's Ramayana. According to the epic, when Hanuman was asked to get specific herbs needed to treat Laxman, he carried the whole mountain since he was unable to differentiate between the many herbs growing atop. On his flight back, a small part of the mountain 'dropped' down to earth, and is believed to now lie as a small hill close to the Unawatuna beach, called the Rummasala hill. The beach thus got it's name, Una-watuna, literally meaning "fell down". Rummasala hill now also acts as an excellent vantage point providing excellent views of the beach. It also acts as a crowd filter, since only the few who really crave for a secluded experience, venture out for the hike down to the beach. And aren't we glad for this natural filter! ;)