bus from Galle
I am not sure if it was lkr20 to go from galle to unawatuna but the conductor snatched the note out of my hand without giving me any change or receipt. It was only about 20 minutes to get to unawatuna except that the conductor never told me I should get off at the first stop so I ended up roughly 2km away. So ensure you exit at the first stop for unawatuna on the matara bus.
You catch these regular byses at the main galle bus station.
- Budget Travel
express bus to Galle
I caught the bus today to galle on the southern express highway, the bus is very luxurious with ac & recliner comfortable seating. The only problem is it starts from Maharagama which can take 1-2 hours on the bus from pettah depending on traffic it should be closer to 1 hour.
The cost is lkr500 and it took roughly 1 hour to reach galle. The cost to get to maharagama from pettah is lkr40 so cheap in comparison. I am not too sure if I would have done it this way if I had not been staying the previous night in kottawa.
The first time I came to visit unawatuna we decided to fly as a treat although now I think the prices have escalated. At that time the flight departed from colombo however now it appears from the website they leave from colombo international airport Bandernayake.
The fligt takes around 45minutes & its very scenic & yes if you are a couple a tad romantic. We were the only 2 people to fly that day and were suprised that at least 20 people had turned up to see our departure.
Koggala is about 10-15min drive from unawatuna we were transported & dropped off at our hotel en-route complimentary I think they may do this drop for everyone possibly only to the top of the road en-route to Galle. The flight arrives into a military base.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Luxury Travel
bus and tuk-tuk
for local travel aroun unawatuna,for example to galle, the bus is ok if you travel without big luggage,just give 20 of 25 rps per person.
with the big luggage is more difficult because sometimes the busses are crowded,to mirissa we took a tuk-tuk for about 1000rps,I tell always the drive rthat is must drive slow,safe and defensief
there are some trains a day with a 2° class from colombo to galle for about 250 rps.
2°class is good travelling because you get a seat.
some trains have only 3°class and they can be very crowded
from colombo fort there are trains at 8.35 ,10.30 and 14.05(starts maradana 13.40),15.50
From the Galle bus stand, its a 15 to 20 min ride to Unawatuna. Get down at Yaddehimulla Junction (Vt'er sambawalk has got a pic aswell on the tip) its a small turn frm the main road.
It takes about Rs 12 on a bus ride and there are regular buses back to Galle. I stayed 3 days in Galle and 2 days in Unawatuna and the bus was very convinient to move back n fro.
- Road Trip
Unawatuna is a really small coastal town which can be covered on foot. Though tuk tuk is available, it isnt needed.
You can use tuk tuk after a long day at the beach and feel tired walkin back to the hotel, and dont forget the all powerful Asian rule - ALWAYS BARGAIN.
- Road Trip
Wella Dewala Road entrance to Unawatuna
You'll hardly notice Unawatuna Wella Dewala Road from the main coastal road, so make sure you recognise this entrance if you are coming by bus. The town is only 10-15 mins east from Galle. Taking certain buses for Rs10. Some express buses to east direction do not take you, so ask first if the bus will stop. If travelling from this junction to Galle by bus, flag any bus and get on board as long as they stop. Rs10.
As for tuk tuk, they usually ask for Rs200 at start. My price would be Rs100-130. (Happy bargaining).
Getting there and away
In the past Unawatuna has been referred to in awed terms - one of those mystical beaches that only the lucky and intrepid few will stumble across. In reality it's extremely easy to get to and practically on the main road. From Colombo, take a car/bus/train to Galle. From Galle, if you're on a very low budget then you can get a bus (any going east in the vague direction of Matara) for a few rupees. Best bet is to get a three wheeler from Galle - about 150 rupees and a 15 minute ride.
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