It is a great place to explore the beaches of Southern Sri Lanka The beaches are superb all the way down the coast but Unawatuna probably offers the best selection of restaurants Plus you can swim in the sea at these beaches and further down the coast you can't It is worth at least 5 nights of any trip to the South and it is about a 2 hour trip to Mirissa beach which is also fantastic and also safe after this down to Tangalle has some of the best beaches but it is a small town but you can't swim
It's a relaxed place really friendly, a bit like Thailand beach places but much smaller, price friendly so good for the budget traveller as well as everyone else there are plenty of upmarket options for everything, shop here it's less expensive and competitive than a lot of other places
The towns around are small and nice people and if need a better place for shopping its the Galle town in which you get all in there with loads of things to see and loads of restaurants, Its 15 minutes away
Unawatuna is a good place to stay for its beach and nature.It is a good place for relaxation. There is one anoying thing that there are lots of local people who tried to sell you something on the beach.
This will give you a trouble after a while. Instead you can choose to go to the Jungle Beach which is definitely the best beach in Unawatuna. There is a lot to visit around and also plenty of restaurants that you can eat.
Lovely beach with lots of restaurants opening onto the beach. Water clear and warm. Took Tuk Tuk ride to Jungle Beach - a small beach with only one restaurant serving great fresh seafood.
Only a Tuk Tuk ride away from Galle Fort - well worth a visit.
Unawatuna is a lovely village on the South coast. The village where all the bars and restaurants are in very vibrant and good to take a walk down to stop and admire all it has to offer.
There is also a friendly atmosphere around the who village which makes you feel safe and welcome.
Main street has plenty of small shops and the beach is lined with bars and restaurants. A beautiful temple overlooks the white sand beach and the local people could not be friendlier.
On the downside, local coastal management has meant that bars and sand on the east of the beach have seen swallowed by the sea and to the west, the bars are starting claim what beach is left with plastic chairs. Plans are apparently in place for the goverment to limit this but as yet it reamins a little - cluttered.
Quiet place. Though the hotels at Unawatuna beach are small and have very limited capacities, you can find a large number of hotels most of them having opening to the beach.
At night you can walk by the beach and choose your cuisine at any restaurants. During our stay we did not find much of music or activities, but heard that in specific dates there are beach parties and musics around.
Really sad to see that the beach has all but gone now. About time that the Sri Lanka government did something to save what was once one of the top ten beaches in the world.
What they fail to realise is no beach = no tourists. You can head down the road to Thalpe beach which retains its beauty and has a fair amount of sand.
Walk along the beach and one can visit different bars and taste the food they offer. If a traveler prefers to surf, one could do so at the Unawatuna beach.
Not much to do. No bars or nightclubs at all, only some in hotels. No ATM in unawatuna. Very nice beach only during the right time of year which is winter.
Bad restaurants aswell. Expect to pay $100 a person to go on day tours.
Relaxing beach bay. Interesting restaurants and much more chilled vibe than Hikkaduwa. Wijeya Beach is a highlight for good food and relaxation.
also quite close to GAlle Fort for a change of scene if you need it. Access from Colombo is superb s its just at the end of the scenic new high way.
Unwatuna is an amazing city. There a lot of afforable and nice places to stay, different types of restaurants to keep your taste buds satisfied.
Perfect for relaxation if you choose the right place to stay. Ideal for those who crave some fun as the beach strip comes alive in the night.
Crowdy beach not far from Galle, you can enjoy Galle fort site (easy and unexpensive acces by local bus) and spend some time in the beach.
Some interesting restaurants and bars on the sand at night time.
Watch out! The half of the beach simply disappeared. The city is very crowded, full of 1-star hotels and cheap tourists, mainly Russian.
Its a small town, all full of lovely small private villas so you feel very homely. the feeling is great as the sea is at your door step.
you feel a king staying at these places as there is total isolation
I prefer the highland like Ella and Kandy, very cooling, we are there in Dec already quite hot, I believe the mid year will be worst.
I wouldn´t really call it a town. It´s just a long street with tons of guesthouses and restaurants and turistshops.
Very good food at the places we tried. Friendly staff everywhere and most locals also friendly. Easy to get a tuk tuk or vehicle to go to other places. The city of Galle close by. Many places offer different tours to other attractions. Overall I think Unawatuna is an overprices turisttown with no attractions on its own since the beach has been drastically minimized but on the other hand if all you want to do is relax it´s a good place to do so because of the overall friendly atmosphere.
either love or hate. if you are looking for night life like pataya thailand and this place is not at all for you.
not many places to go.
Unawatuna is great with the night life and central point of all vacationers to get together at one location.
The most fun is when day turns to night and the whole beach lights up.
Great beach side restaurants. We recommend Kingfisher. Cool little shops to go in and out of on the streets.
Beautiful beach. Close to Galle for history and shopping, Mirissa for surf and beaches. Temple at Dickwella not too far away. Uda Walawe National Park not too far away by car. Has a nice relaxed vibe about the place, like all of Sri Lanka.
Beaches - private resort beaches or Unawatuna beach with shacks, night party places (rare in SL otherwise).
Water activities also available during the right season. Galle Dutch fort - a small enclosed city of sorts with a good walk along the wall on shore, small souvenir shops and restaurant. Lot of food outlets and good homestays/hotels near the beach as well as the Galle road. Some more nearby attractions like Peace Pagoda, forest beach and Madhuganga. Great tourist destination!
April-May is the low season. sea is a bit weavy. no crab & very hot. but you may get cheap accommodation.
High waves - but toward the temple at the far end of the beach is more quiet and better for children.
Watch the restaurants - we got by far the worst food we've had in Sri Lanka here on this beach!