The Best Things To Do In & Around Unawatuna

Unawatuna is a beach lovers paradise. But there’s much more than just tanning and cocktails to be found in the sun kissed south Sri Lankan town…

Dalawella Beach

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

Tip – Since the ‘instafamous’ swing has become something of a tourist attraction the owner has started charging 500 rupees to untie it. Our advice, with a bit of sweet talk and the purchase of a bottle of water the price can soon be waived.


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 their culture. If you scooter along the coastline of Unawatuna in the morning they’re pretty hard to miss!


Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery

One of the most amazing experiences of our lives, let alone Sri Lanka. 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.


Jungle Beach

More of a locals beach but a cute little bay away from the main road, Jungle Beach is quite the 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!

Day Trip To Galle

Galle is an 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.


Where To Eat

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

SannyPanny – 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 plus the group dinners on the terrace are a great way to meet fellow travellers.
You can read all about our stay here.

7 thoughts on “The Best Things To Do In & Around Unawatuna

  1. 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?

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