Unawatuna is a popular yet serene destination located just 5 Km from Galle. Unawatuna is actually a fishing village with a beautiful stretch of beach that attracts the attention of travellers. The waters around the beach are excellent for enjoying different types of water-sports. The Unawatuna Beach is hemmed by palm trees creating a comfortable and beautiful ambiance for guests to relax and have fun. Adventure lovers can indulge in scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming. Boat rides are also available at the Unawatuna Beach.
Around 3Km from Unawatuna is another picturesque beach, the Jungle Beach. The waters around Jungle Beach provide visitors with excellent opportunities of snorkelling. About 3 Km south of Unawatuna is the area of Habaraduwa where travellers can visit the Turtle Hatchery. There is also a Mangrove Sanctuary located within easy reach of Unawatuna. It is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy the local flora and fauna. The Japanese Peace Pagoda is located around 2Km from Unawatuna and offers amazing views of the surroundings.
There are a few kiosks and stalls around the Unawatuna Beach that sell local items including trinkets made from shells, local handicrafts and other essential items. Fresh fruits and vegetables can also be bought at the local market in Unawatuna. For a detailed shopping experience travellers can visit Galle.
The nearest airport to Unawatuna is the Bandaranayaka International Airport in Katunayaka about 150 Km away. A journey from the airport to Unawatuna can take around 2.5-3 hours depending on the route chosen. Travellers can take bus or train from Colombo to reach Unawatuna. The Mataratrain from Colombo to Galle takes almost 3 hours and costs Rs 220 per person. Buses are also available from Colombo to Galle and cost around Rs 230 per person. From Galle visitors can take a bus (Rs 15) toUnawatuna or a tuk-tuk (Rs 400).
There are a few Muslim-owned resorts in Unawatuna where visitors can expect to find halal food. However it is best to inform the resort or hotel prior to visit about your requirement of halal food. The nearby city of Galle has numerous options of halal food especially near the Galle Fort. Alternatively there are a few pure vegetarian restaurants in Unawatuna like the South Ceylon Vegetarian Restaurant on Beach Access Road, Jinas Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant on WellaDevale Road and South Ceylon Restaurant on Yaddenhimulla Road.
Finding a mosque in Unawatuna can be difficult. It is best to enquire with the locals about location of mosques in Unawatuna. However Galle is not far from the village and visitors can find a number of mosques in Galle. The nearest mosque to Unawatuna is the Thalapitiya Jumma Mosque on Mosque Lane in Galle.