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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Things to Do in Unawatuna Sri Lanka – Exploring Una

The coastal town of Unawatuna is famous for its mesmerizing, calm, aqua waters and popular beach side restaurants. Here's what you can down while in Una!



As the waters of Unawatuna are calm, somewhat shallow, and clear blue, they are ideal for snorkelling. With many marine species occupying the warm waters of Sri Lanka, quite a number of them can be found swimming around the waters of Una. From the countless fish varieties to sea turtles, there is a thriving marine population here. The lively coral reef in some parts of Unawatuna are fragile so do keep in mind not to step on them or touch them, as much of it was destroyed following the 2004 Tsunami that hit the country.



There are so many beach restaurants in the area that are located on the beach front that you simply must dine in at at least one property. Even if you're staying at one of the many Unawatuna holiday villas in Sri Lanka, head over to the coast for some fresh seafood while enjoying the breath taking views of the Indian Ocean as you enjoy your meal. Or perhaps, watch the sun set against the horizon of the deep blue sea as you refresh yourself with a much needed cocktail (or mocktail!). There are many cuisines on offer at the restaurants, from local favourites like kottu to popular western dishes like pasta and pizza.


Japanese Peace Pagoda

The peace pagoda was built by Japanese monks and is one of the 80 peace pagodas located on the world. Located on Rumasalla Hill, the pagoda offers a mesmerizing and infinite view of Unawatuna and its golden shores. The pagoda was built to serve as a beacon of peace for the people of all nationalities, ethnicities and religions.



Definitely make a trip to Galle if you're in Unawatuna. The Galle Fort is a wondrous structure built by the Portuguese and later fortified by the Dutch and the British. The Galle clock tower and lighthouse stands as a true test against time, and visitors can walk through the ancient ramparts of the fort. Head over to the museums that are located within the fort premises for a true understanding of Galle's rich history whilst also admiring the beautiful architecture of the buildings that were built during the colonial era.


Sea Turtle conservation

If you didn't get to meet any sea turtles while you were out exploring the marine life, then a short drive away from Unawatuna is the coastal town of Kosgoda. This town is most famous for its sea turtle conservation projects. Do be weary on which ones are actual conservation centres and which just capture sea turtles and cram them in tanks for the sake of tourism. The Kosgoda Conservation Project has been known to save and nurse injured turtles back to health and rescue turtle eggs that are laid on the golden shores and later released back in to the sea. If the town of Kosgoda has stolen your heart or it's too late to head back to Unawatuna, there are numerous properties nearby such as Saffron & Blue that are located in close proximity to the conservation centre.

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