Unawatuna Travel Guide

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    Beach Scene, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka.
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Unawatuna Highlights

  • Pro
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     bustling hive of restuarants and shops 

  • Con
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     Now the walk to the beach is a bit longer 

  • In a nutshell
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     Possibly a good option to top up your tan. 

Unawatuna Things to Do

  • Worth the walk up.

    I have mentioned in my Unawatuna introduction page that the main draw here is the beach and that is undoubtedly what the vast majority of travellers come here for. There is, however, one other thing to do if you are not intent on topping up your tan and that is to visit the Buddhist shrine at the "far" end of the beach from the main road. It sits...

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  • Vamos a la playa.

    I really do hope that I have got the title of this tip right and I have not offended any Spanish speaking members. If I have got it correctly, I believe it translates into, "Let's go to the beach" in English. Frankly, Unawatuna is all about the beach, there is little else to excite the traveller about, if it is a beach you want, well this is a...

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  • Excellent place for a drink.

    I have always tried to be completely objective in my tip writing here on Virtual Tourist and have always declared an interest should there be one. This is the case here. On my daytrip to Unawatuna my good friend and expert on all thing Sri Lankan Jo104 had asked me to drop in and say hell to a friend of hers, a fellow South African who ran a place...

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Unawatuna Restaurants

  • A fine roti hut.

    For those of you who have not been lucky enough to visit Sri Lanka, I should explain the concept of the roti (or rotti) hut. It is basically a place that sells an unleavened bread, either sweet or savoury, and it forms a staple of the Sri Lankan diet, they are everywhere. Roti huts range from the most humble little shacks to quite upmarket places...

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  • Homemade burgers

    I have been craving a beef burger for months and where I am presently living in sri lanka its fairly restricted to rice & curry or chinese so a visit to Koko's on the beach was a real treat. Being a south african we like meat, meat and more meat and the Koko's special burger did not dissapoint with a double homemade patty, bacon and double cheese....

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  • Don't miss tonights special

    This guest house restuarant is open to the public in the evening and evening specials are not to be missed. I have enjoyed chicken briyani on the first night and seer fish with roast potatoes and avocado green salad the next (although not loving fish I had chicken) The food is cooked in an open kitchen and you can choose to eat outside on the...

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Unawatuna Nightlife

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    by mafi_moya Written Nov 2, 2003

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    Visitors expecting 24 hour beach parties, lively bars, and wild full moon raves will be seriously disappointed. Thailand this ain't! The expected rise in younger tourists and backpackers will no doubt liven things up a bit but Unawatuna is a sleepy fishing village and the beach area is only mildly more awake. When the sun goes down things get very quiet - there are still plenty of bars and restaurants open (some even turn the music up!) but by midnight most have closed. There are a couple of places to hang out till the early hours but it's just like being in a normal bar rather than a party. If you want wild nightlife I'm afraid you'll have to go to Thailand.

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Unawatuna Transportation

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • sea plane

    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...

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Unawatuna Shopping

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    by jo104 Updated Feb 15, 2014

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    Chaplon tea shop has won sri lanka best chiice award for 3 years. They offer a range of packaged tea from their tea producing regions. The packaged tea is all nicely presented and priced so there is no doubt about overcharging. The best though was the fresh tea in the cannisters I had a smell of a few wow so fresh and ftagrant. The lovely and handsome shop keeper will asdist you in selecting your tea and vacumn packing it free of charge. The estate delivers fresh on a daily basis.

    What to pay: all prices are clearly marked which I think is a bonus

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Unawatuna Local Customs

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    by Sambawalk Written Feb 12, 2006

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    To ensure the hygiene of drinking water, the red cross has placed this water tank along Wella Dewala Road for local people.

    Hand craft shop is common and I bought a small wooden tortoise for Rs150.

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Unawatuna Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid the vices

    Unlike Hikkaduwa, Tuna isnt a surfers beach though it is possible, but there are hidden rocks. Most surfers gather at the West end of the bay, it would be wise to consult other surfers before venturing out.Beach sellers with all the paraphrenelia prowl around, but avoid them and they easily move on. After a few hours, they leave you alone to prey...

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  • Junkies

    Unawatuna is a gorgeous beach, rightly deserving the discovery channel's title "best beach in the world" but...it does have a seedy side. Like a lot of beaches in asia that are popular with tourists, over the years a drug problem has developed and in Una it's heroin. Just take a bit of a longer look at some of the men offering to sell you coconut...

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Unawatuna Tourist Traps

  • Very, very poor and not typical.

    I should preface this tip by saying that my experiences in Sri Lanka have been overwhelmingly positive and I intend to return here as soon as circumstances allow. However, as I stated in my intro page for Unawatuna, I really do hope that this is not the future for this lovely country, I would hate to see it go like some other places in Asia have...

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  • tuk tuk overcharging

    I was not very impressed with the overcharging system here in unawatuna even the kocals say the tuk tuk drivers charge lkr150 for 1km I am afraid I just won't pay this on principal maybe 100 is ok but if you can walk it then better. Lkr150 should cover at least 2km think of giving each km as lkr50 then consider how inflated the costs are. Be...

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Unawatuna What to Pack

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    by jo104 Written Feb 12, 2014

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    Luggage and bags: Unawatuna seems to be full of shops selling sunscreen and various items you may find hard elsewhere. In sri lanka. Cigarrettes if you are a smoker they do allow a certain amount in even though they say it is disallowed as long as its within personal consumption limit.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The obviious a sun hat, sunglasses, a small beach towel & flip flops (thongs) Bikini no problem but ladies do try pack a decent one I have seen toomany tiny string knickers which is really inappropriate for the culture.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tanpons are a good idea to pack, high factor sunscreen, mosquito repellent although the local soffell is very good,. One thing I notice is it can be difficult to find anti histamine cream for after bite relief I like sudacream so do pack something like this.

    Photo Equipment: A back up memory card & an adapter although european plugs work with nullifying the earth with a pencil

    Miscellaneous: Not nescessary unless camping or in a place with no mosquito net or AC you may wish to purchase a fold away net which pops up like a tent.

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    • Budget Travel
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Unawatuna Off The Beaten Path

  • Tsunami relief

    The Tsunami had taken everyone's belonging with their broken houses and furniture and left a big mess. The sea had eroded about 30 feet of the beach. The locals say the first row of illegal beach huts had been washed away. The hotels on the landside of the road were now facing the sea. Although most had been damaged, the owners probably consider it...

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  • Trek in Rumassala jungle

    Eco-trekking in Rumassala jungles will take you closer to the nature, It's said that the wide and varied vegitation in this area is really a dropped piece of Himalayas that was being ferried by Hanuman vide Ramayanaya epic.There are many foot paths and likelyhood of your getting lost is minimal.You can also go thru Rumassala to get to the small...

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  • Catch the wildlife

    If you go into the bush just above the beach there are lots of locals in village houses. They will sometimes invite you for a cup of tee. I saw a old blacksmith with furnace like in the 1900's Britain, and more wildlife inc large Monitor Lizards and Monkeys

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Unawatuna Sports & Outdoors

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    by Poda Updated Sep 5, 2003

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    going to the barrier reef with the fisherman boat.. using stuff not proprley perfects... it's an exsperience to do!!

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Unawatuna Favorites

  • The hub - Chatterbox tours

    At present their is a small outlet at kahuna club which offers travel advice and tours. Also for those that need to use a computer to skype you can find 2 terminals here for lkr100 per 1 hour. The lady speaks english well and was very friendly and helpful.Located at Kahuna Club resort 55 Yaddemilla road

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  • Motorbike hire

    in Unawatuna there is a lot of competition for motorbike hire so prices are relatively cheap. This place hires their scooters for lkr800 per day (February 2014) the petrol is for your own cost and must be returned with a full tank. Your passport will be kept and you will be given the licence and insurance papers do make sure you have your...

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  • Laundry

    Some guest houses provide laundry service Kahuna club does for lkr500 a standard size bag but most guest houses only take in house laundry. In unawatuna there are several places that offer laundry service one is Lucky Tuna they have 6 machines and 2 driers. The prices are a bit expensive but they wash, dry, iron and deliver included in the 1 day...

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