Things to Do in Unawatuna

Hailing from 15 minutes away from the capital city of the Southern province is the tourist resort hamlet of Unawatuna, where sun & fun has been the theme of everything done here from the late 1970’s. Turquoise blue watered bay being jealously guarded by an equally elegant tropical coral reef 60 ft deep in certain places offers a myriad of activities for the savvy tourist.

The Unawatuna beach is undoubtedly the centre piece of the attraction with its white sands ideal to laze around in a lounge chair under a coconut palm with a “frothing & bubbling chilly” in hand, or take glass bottom boat ride to the reef if you don’t like to get your feet wet, snorkel or dive if you know how it’s done also you can get help from the PADI instructors.

Explore the legends that surround Unawatuna from the pre-historic times of Valmiki epic of Ramayana to medieval times when the European Nations looked for tropical spice & wealth to plunder while fighting among themselves conquering distant lands and building forts in the name of the queen and country or spices.

Whale Watching

One of the best places in the world to see one of the only recorded resident blue whale colonies in their natural habitat. Dolphins are regularly spotted on whale watching trips organized from Mirissa and Dondra head on the south coast.

Galle Dutch Fort

A UNESCO world heritage monument, this walled city bears witness to its past through the near crumbling architecture of grand old buildings, street names, and Dutch churches, still active.


Unawatuna beach boasts of places you could surf and during season you could ride the waves 2 – 6 feet in height both ways, so the experts say. The silent run through a tunnel or the top till you drop or the waves collapses, either way enjoy while you can. Unawatuna beach has deep water and flat reef’s, making them ideal for surfing, but not for the novice. A first aid kit would be handy as the reef is coral, hazardous for you terminal for the polyp.

Japanese Peace Pagoda

the Japanese built this impressive white Pagoda in 2004. It is a sign of peace and serenity designed to enthuse peace amongst all humanity. A visit to the Peace Pagoda promises a panoramic view across the ocean and a stunning sunset in the evening.


Unawatuna reef is a wonderful place for scuba diving. Explore the fantastic marine life such as coral, ship wrecks, myriad tropical fish, coral fish, angle fish and puffer fish just off the coast of Unawatuna.

Stilt Fishermen

Stilt fishing is a traditional fishing method of Sri Lanka. It can be witnessed on the southern coast especially in Welipenna, Koggola and Ahangama where the fishermen with their fishing rods sit balanced on branched poles waiting for a catch. This amazing practice is probably one of its kinds in the world.

Turtle Watching

Out of the six known types of marine turtles, 05 are witnessed in Sri Lanka, though through fishing and habitat destruction they are listed as endangered on the ICUN red list. The conservation effort to save these ancient mariners of the sea in Sri Lanka started nearly two decades ago.


Unawatuna reef is a wonderful place for snorkeling. Explore the fantastic marine life such as coral, ship wrecks, myriad tropical fish, coral fish, angle fish and puffer fish just off the coast of Unawatuna.

Yala National Park

Yala Park is the 2nd largest wildlife park in Sri Lanka. Jeep Safari tour through the wildlife Park will be an unforgettable adventure. Get close to and photograph Sri Lankan wildlife and birds in their natural environment, and on your Sri Lankan safari you’ll tour through some truly marvelous scenery.

Udawalawe National Park

located south-central sector of the island, and Keeps company to the herds of Elephants, the main attraction of the wildlife park are Water Buffalo, Wild-boar, Spotted Deer, Sambur Deer, Jackal, Samber, Black-naped hare, mongooses, bandicoots, foxes, the endemic Toque Macaque and Gray Langers. Sighting Leopard and other smaller cats like Fishing cat & Jungle cat would be a bonus, so keep your camera ready !