Unawatuna is located 140 km south of Colombo in the Southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka, close to the seaport of Galle.
Unawatuna can be reached by Colombo-Galle (A2) main Motor road as well as by southern railway line running from Colombo to Matara via Galle.
The picturesque semi circular bay beach running no more than kilometer, fringed by groves of palm is terminated by rocky headlands at either end. The splendid stupa on the summit of northern headland makes Unawatuna unique among the other beaches of Sri Lanka.
Diving, Snorkeling and Surfing at Unawatuna
Diving schools at Unawatuna assist the tourists to engage in diving at the beach. Among the wreck dives are Lord Nelsom, a cargo ship that was wrecked about a decade ago and 33m-long Rangoon. Snorkeling and surfing too are done at Unawatuna though not extensively as nearby Hikkaduwa beach.
Accommodation at Unawatuna
Unawatuna offers accommodation option ranging from Budget to mid-range.
Galle is a city situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. Galle is a sizeable town, by Sri Lankan standards, and has a population of 91,000, the majority of whom are of Sinhalese ethnicity. There is also a large Sri Lankan Moor minority, particularly in the fort area, which descend from Arab merchants that settled in the ancient port of Galle.
The Southern Province of Sri Lanka is a small geographic area consisting of the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Subsistence farming and fishing is the main source of income for the vast majority of the people of this region. Important landmarks of the Southern Province include the wildlife sanctuaries of the Yala and Udawalawe National Parks, the holy city of Kataragama, and the ancient cities of Tissamaharama, Kirinda and Galle. (Although Galle is an ancient city, almost nothing survives from before the Portuguese invasion.) During the Portuguese period there were two famous Sinhalese poets called Andare who was from Dickwella and Gajaman Nona who was from Denipitiya in Matara District, composing poems on common man.