The Best Things To Do In Unawatuna

The Best Things To Do In Unawatuna

Unawatuna Beach is a sun lovers paradise. But there’s much more than just tanning and cocktails to be found in the sun kissed south Sri Lankan town. Which is why we’ve put together this things to do in Unawatuna guide.

Things To Do In Unawatuna

Dalawella Rope Swing – Dalawella Beach

Famous for its rope swing and low bending palm trees, Dalawella Beach is a beautiful strip of sand just down the road from Unawatuna. It has a few picture perfect spots and with water that’s perfect for swimming, we highly recommend a stroll along one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka.

The famous Sri Lanka rope swing is one of the top things to do in Unawatuna and can be found directly in front of Dreams Cabana guesthouse.

In the last couple of years the instafamous swing has become a huge tourist attraction! The owners of the guesthouse charge 500 rupees to access it, although they are more than happy to climb up and untie the swing if you purchase of a bottle of water or two.

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Lauren having fun of the Dalawella rope swing in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Stilt Fisherman

The traditional fisherman of Sri Lanka are a must see. Sitting for hours on nothing but a large stick with a line and pole fishing approach, it’s a way for the poorer men to earn a living and a huge part of Sri Lankan culture. If you scooter along the coastline of Unawatuna in the morning they’re pretty hard to miss!

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Blending in the with the local stilt fisherman in Unawatuna

Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery

One of the most amazing experiences of our lives, let alone Sri Lanka! In our opinion the best of the things to do in Unawatuna!

Releasing baby turtles into the ocean was extremely high on Lauren’s bucket list and we finally were able to tick it off thanks to Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

The guys here are doing an amazing job of rescuing and rehabilitating injured turtles. As well as buying local eggs from poachers and nurturing them until they hatch.

For another awesome turtle spot check out Wild Hikkaduwa Turtles & Where To Find Them.

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Lauren’s dream finally came true thanks to Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery

Jungle Beach Unawatuna

Jungle Beach is Unawatuna’s beach haven. It has crystal blue waters and is somewhere you can fully switch off and listen to the sound of the sea or if you’re lucky enough the sound of a local playing the guitar!

Unawatuna To Galle Day Trip

Galle is a historic old town just 15 minutes up the coast from Unawatuna. If you’re really into Dutch history it might be worth staying over but we recommend renting a scooter for the day and exploring the fort and old town all in an afternoon.


There’s always the shopping option. You’ll see when you arrive in Unawatuna that there is one way in and one way out so the street joining it all is packed full of gifts. From hand picked Ceylon tea to unique hand crafted ornaments, you’ll find everything you need to take a piece of Sri Lanka home with you.

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Ready for a ride in a Sri Lankan tuk tuk

Unawatuna Restaurants

Koco’s Beach Grill – How could we not recommend a good old fashioned British jacket potato. The owner of Coco’s has brought a piece of the UK to Unawatuna with his traditional chip shop Fish & Chips as well as some awesome cheese and bean topped jackets.

Where To Stay – Unawatuna Hotels

Luxury – Cocobay Unawatuna – One of the most popular hotels in Sri Lanka. Cocobay is a popular holiday destination for all travellers of all ages!

Mid-Budget – Beach Grove Villas – For a more luxurious stay in the jungle. Beach Grove is a beautiful spot to hide away from the town and relax in the peaceful silence. You can read about our stay here.

Backpacker – SannyPanny Hostel – Opened by a Dutch/Sri Lankan couple not so long ago, SannyPanny has nailed the hostel vibe! The family feeling and evening ambience really makes you feel at home.

You can also check out the prices of other places to stay in Unawatuna here.

More Sri Lanka

For more things to do in Sri Lanka and which route to take, make sure to check out our break down – The Best Of Sri Lanka – A Route & Trip Guide

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  1. September 14, 2017 / 8:32 am

    Awesome 🙂 Unawatuna was on my list before, but having read your post, I’m even more exited to go there! And I will definitely meet the turtles, too! Thanks for you tips!

    • September 14, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Ahhh it’s a must! 🙂 Hope you enjoy the turtles as much as we did and I’m glad we could be of help to your travels. Have an amazing time!

      • September 14, 2017 / 8:53 am

        Have an amazing time, too ❤️

  2. September 24, 2017 / 9:22 am

    These photos and advice are perfect! We’re hoping to visit Unawatuna for a couple of days in November -short on time but Dalawella sounds like our kind of place! If we got going early one morning with a scooter would we see stilt fishermen and get chance to hang out there do you think?

    • September 24, 2017 / 11:53 am

      Hey Sara! Thanks so much. You will love it!! Definitely…everybody says the stilt fisherman are only out in the morning but you can easily see them until midday!

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