Unawatuna is your cliché beach town, where the water is turquoise color & the sand is clean. It is not so ideal for surfing, but rather more suited for swimming & snorkeling. This beach town is full of young partygoers from all over the world during the winter season of November – April. You will be immediately embraced by the laid-back hippy culture, where youngsters are sipping on a beer and enjoying a smoke while the calm wind brushes over them.
2004 was a bad year, as Unawatuna was hit by the Tsunami washing away many guesthouses, homes, & restaurants. Fortunately, Unawatuna underwent the fastest re-construction in Sri Lanka, thanks to efforts of foreigners that were there on holiday as well as teams of foreign volunteer workers
In terms of things to do, places worth visiting include Mangrove Sanctuary, Shekira Restaurant, Sonjas Health food restaurant, One Love restaurant, Dream House, Sanctuary Spa, Jayasingha Tea Room, Sunil Garden, King Fisher’s restaurant, Jinas Vegetarian & Vegan restaurant, Secret Garden, Unawatuna Diving Centre, Harsha Yoga Course, Roti Shop, Ocean Dive Centre, Hot Rock, & Sea Horse Scuba Diving Centre.
A very unique type of walk (LKR 250), through a work-in-progress sanctuary that is protecting crab, snail, monkeys & birds. The walk through the forest is very interesting and even though there is little infrastructure, this place has the potential to become something great in the future.
With a few candlelit tables located on a romantic wooden fisherman’s shack, situated just by the sea, this is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer and fried fish meal or Chinese meal.
Sonjas Health Food Restaurant
Get an insight into the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine and take part in a cookery course by master Karuna (LKR 3,000). This price includes a trip to the Galle market.
One Love Restaurant
A restaurant for the best Sri Lankan curries, built literally on top of the water creating the sensation that you are sailing on a boat while feasting on delicious Sri Lankan rice & curry. Pumpkin curry is their specialty.
The best Italian restaurant in town, owned by an Italian. Enjoy Alfresco while listening to fine classical music.
Pamper yourself, and de-stress your mind, body & soul. A full treatment is only LKR 3,000 and the Spa is also known for Ayurvedic treatments.
The cool spot to hangout for a beer, smoothie or coffee. Sunil, the owner, cooks great pasta & seafood.
King Fisher’s Restaurant
A very famous sea-view restaurant, best known for its Thai food or prawns, though all other types of cuisine is also available.
Jinas Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant
This is a garden restaurant offering classical vegetarian Indian (masala dosas, thalis) and European (lasagna, veggie burgers) dishes.
The place to indulge in a yoga session and relax your muscles. Daily classes from 9am to 5pm.
Unawatuna Diving Centre
For those diving enthusiasts that wish to rent dive equipment or for single dives, this is the best place in town. The centre also offers PADI courses starting from Euro 320. Once a week, they also host a crazy party.
Indulge in the best roti in town; both sweet and savoury options are available in scrumptious fillings. This is a “must do” if you are in Unawatuna.