Unawatuna is another great place to be. The beach is serene and has the cleanest water that I have seen in my life. Don't even think about spending couple of hours so as to see the sunset. It is not possible to see the sunset on the western coast.What is life on the beach without a morning walk? Next morning I went for the morning walk and a cup of coffee. Not a single place was open despite the signs suggesting that the place opens at 7 am.
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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.
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! ;)