Unawatuna Beach

Posted on July 29, 2018
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Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna is a coastal town in Galle district of Sri Lanka. It’s a popular place for tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. It’s mainly famous for its glamorous beaches and its stunning colorful corals. Unawatuna is about 5 meters above sea level and it’s known as one of the most breath taking and mind blowing beaches in Asia. The Unawatuna beach stretches almost 4km along the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. Unawatuna Beach is a place where there is, sandy and palm trees which shade the calm blue waters.

Moreover Unawatuna Beach is a good place for people who like to listen to the silent calm waves and explore the blue waters. Besides swimming in the beach it’s famous for a range of water sports like; snorkeling, surfing, sailing, water-skiing and wind surfing. The wreck of the sunken ships in Unawatuna makes the beach more popular especially for the scuba divers. If interested in diving you can take a boat ride to a location of wreck dives which will take 20 – 30 minutes. You can find 3 wrecked British ships called the Rangoon, Tango and lord Nelson which were sunken 10 – 100 years ago. However if you are lucky you could find 14 more wrecked ships. You can find all these ships in the same area, and it’s a popular area which attracts both local and foreign. For beginners or starters there are diving schools in Unawatuna which equips and guide tourists in diving activities and learn some extra skills. Unawatuna is one of the best and safest places for snorkeling and bathing for adults and kids as the beach is protected and surrounded by huge reefs.

Unawatuna is rich in biodiversity. Over 60 species of birds such as Kingfisher, Herons, Sandpipers etc. could be found. Additionally beautiful turtles could be sighted swimming through the blue shimmering calm waters. If tourists are lucky they could spot turtles laying eggs on the shore and be able to swim and feed them. Moreover you can take a nice walk to the pagoda statue enjoying the glazing view.

The best days to go to Unawatuna Beach are during the winter season which is from November-April. In these few months the beaches have fine weather and calm seas. Which are best mainly for families who would want to have a calm and peaceful vacation. However in the in the summer season also known as the offseason which is on May-October it’s more quieter but still popular during the weekends as local crowds from Colombo come to spend the day there.

Charges when travelling to Unawatuna Beach

Airport to Unawatuna {in Uber} Rs: 8000-8500lkr

Airport to Kadawatha {in Uber, TATA NANO} Rs: 1200lkr

Kadawatha to Galle {from bus} Rs: 490lkr

Distance From

Bandaranaike International Airport to Unawatuna-(via Southern Expy/E01) – About 151.3km (About 2hr 13mins)

Colombo to Unawatuna-(via Southern Expy/E01) – About 128.7km (About 2hr 3mins)

Mirissa to Unawatuna-(via-Colombo-Galle-Hambantota-Wellawaya-Rd/Matara Rd/A2) – About 30.3 km (About 48min)

Other Details

Type: Beach

Built: 2300 years ago

Surface Elevation: 5 meters (16ft) above sea level


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