UNAWATUNA: THE GOLDEN BEACH
Unawatuna is a coastal town in Galle district of Sri Lanka. Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful beach and corals. It is a suburb of Galle, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) southeast to the city center and approximately 108 kilometres (67 mi) south of Colombo. Unawatuna is situated at an elevation of 5 metres (16 ft) above the sea level.
Unawatuna has a classic mellow traveller vibe and pretty much every bit of development is aimed at the mostly young visitors who flock here. With the coast road a kilometre away, Unawatuna isn't plagued by the same kinds of traffic irritations found at many other beach towns. It's quiet, which only adds to the allure. At night people wander the beach, sipping cold beers at the many simple beachside cafés.
The description of the beach paradises in Valmiki's epic Ramayana sounds like Unawatuna: "a seashore dotted with thousands of trees, coconuts, and palms dominating, strings of houses and hermitages along the coastline, human beings and superior beings such as Gandharvas, Siddhas, and ascetics, living in them and countless bejewelled celestial nymphs thronging the shore, the coast intermittently visited by heavenly beings, Gods and demons."
Unawatuna is rich in its biodiversity. Over sixty species of endemic birds, including Terns, Egrets, Herons, Sandpipers, Kingfishers, as well as rarer species such as the Lesser Whistling Duck, the Asian Palm Swift, the White Breasted Waterhen, the Turnstone Loten's Sunbird, and the Black Bittern have been sighted in the locality by the ornithologist, Clive Byers. These birds are mostly sighted in the remaining marshy area and Rumassala Hillock.
Off the coast of Unawatuna, beneath the Indian Ocean lies a number of coral reefs, shipwrecks, and a great variety of fish and turtles. The turtles still wade onto the shore to lay their nests and eggs, and at times, as if to lay first claim to the sandy shore now invaded by the tourists and dotted by restaurateurs, even go right into the beach front restaurants.
he Rumassala coral reefs at the east end of the Galle Harbor attract divers, but are now endangered due to possible port development. Eco treks in the shrub jungles of Rumassala are also available.
THINGS TO DO IN UNAWATUNA
- Coral reef diving
- A walk to the secret Jungle Beach
- Swin in calm shallow waters in one of the world's best beaches
- Herbal Ayurvedic massage
- Buddhist temple on the top of the hill
- Laze on the beach
- Have a tour by Ctamaran