There’s much more than just tanning and cocktails to be found in the sun kissed south Sri Lankan town. So here are our top 7 things to do in Unawatuna.
7 Awesome Things To Do In Unawatuna
1. 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.
Click HERE for our full Dalawella Beach Rope Swing Sri Lanka – A Bucket List Tick blog.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. 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!
5. 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.
7. Eat At The Unawatuna Beachfront Restaurants
How could we not recommend a good old fashioned British jacket potato.
The owner of Koco’s Beach Grill has brought a piece of the UK to Unawatuna with his traditional Fish & Chips as well as some awesome cheese and bean topped jacket potatoes.
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.
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.
For other places to stay in Unawatuna you can check the latest prices here.
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