Unawatuna is a beach town in the south coast of Sri Lanka that is getting more popular every day. It offers multiple beaches in the area and has a lot of accommodations and facilities available to cater for different kind of travelers.
Not surprisingly, the most visited beach is Unawatuna Beach. The beach is very large and most of the hotels and other accommodations are located very close by. The beach itself is not that spectacular but it works for a beach day. Locals will often give you the advice to head to the hidden Jungle Beach, which in the end isn’t so hidden as you’d expect. In our opinion this was definitely not a dream beach compared to some of the amazing beaches we’ve seen in Sri Lanka. That’s why we’ve selected another beach for you which you’ll find down this page.
If you’re on Instagram then you might have seen some pictures of the famous swing in Dalawella. Dalawella Beach is a beautiful beach near Unawatuna, and also a nicer one in our opinion. Apart from being one of the best beaches in the area, there’s also a huge palm tree with a big rope hanging under it. This rope has been gladly used by tons of travelers for their social media, but is in fact a swing that belongs to the house that is behind it. The kids who live in that house are truly pro’s at ‘swinging’ and have showed us how the ‘ropes’, which was a cool experience that you can see in our video.
One thing you can’t miss in Sri Lanka is turtles, as they are literally everywhere. The reason for that might be because they are actively conserving them. That means that you can find quiet a few turtles hatcheries around Unawatuna, however you need to be careful where to go, as this is a also a big business in Sri Lanka.
We went to the Turtle Hatchery in Habarabana and we got a lot of interesting information about turtles in general. The owner told us that if you stay at their accommodation, they can take you out during the night to witness the bigger turtles on the beach. We were allowed to release two turtles into the ocean, but only the ones that were ‘ready’. Although there’s a lot of controversy about whether you can pick them up to help them into the sea, we were allowed to do this and we trusted this as they’ve been doing this for such a long time. Nevertheless we advice you to always do your own research when it comes to where to go and how to act while releasing baby turtles into the big ocean. It is definitely an awesome experience though!
Unawatuna is getting more popular every year while the beaches are definitely not one of the nicest of Sri Lanka. However there are some cool things to do in the area of Unawatuna, so it doesn’t hurt spending some time here. We advise you to check out our video of the Unawatuna area so you can have a real feeling if this can be something for you!