The beautiful beach town of Unawatuna lies in a bay just below Galle, located a few kilometres south of Hikkaduwa. Fringed with swaying green palms facing a clear blue bay protected by beautiful coral reefs, it is the ideal place for travelers in search of a quiet, authentic Sri Lankan beach resort. Unawatuna traces its roots to the great epic Ramayana. In the mythological epic, the great monkey king Hanuman was sent back to India to fetch the four medicinal herbs from the Himalayas in order to heal a fellow worrier who was wounded while trying to save the abducted Princess Sita from the demon king Ravana. Hanuman failed to identify these herbs, so he lifted the entire mountain and carried it to the battlefield to try to save the worrier, but in the process, a chunk of it “fell-down” in the location of the present day Unawatuna, the name of the village derives from “Una-watuna” meaning fell down. The bay is remarkably calm so swimming and snorkeling are very safe activities for tourists to enjoy. It is also a renowned location for scuba diving.
Things to do in Unawatuna
- Visit the Japanese Peace Pagoda
- Visit the Jungle Beach
- Visit the Unawatuna Beach
- Surf the waves
- Take a dolphin and whale watching tour