Unawatuna is one of the most famous beaches in Sri Lanka. Every year, lots of local and international tourists come here especially for swimming, to eat delicious sea food and to relax. Several times I travelled there with my relatives and the experience we had there was superb. Every time we went there, we spent nearly the whole day just for swimming. If you are going there from Colombo, one day is enough for the trip. At the present, the high way Colombo to Galle is open, so you can go there within just 3 hours of time.
If we talk about Unawatuna briefly, there’s a lot to explain. But from this article, I’m going to tell you only about the main things about the place, because you don’t need to know everything about the place to go there. It’s very easy to find everything at Unawatuna even without asking from someone else. One more thing, if you travel to Unawatuna, you can also visit the Sri Lanka steel factory. However this steel factory is not a good place to visit, it’s too boring. Now, let’s go to read some more important information about the place.
Sri Lanka’s tranquil south begins east of Galle’s generous harbour bay. The roads get rougher, the towns smaller and the bays surrounded by rocks, quieter and more isolated. Unawatuna, a small bathing resort is a paradise for insiders for the time being, at least. From here the main road (A2) continues for a number of kilometres along the coast. Large modern hotels have sprung up in Talpe and Koggala in response to the great need for accommodation. This is an ideal location for anyone who is seeking nothing more than sand, sea, palm trees and comfort. However Koggala is no longer dependent on tourism alone. In 1992, a free trade zone was setup east of the airport and close to the road and railway line, creating more than thousand jobs. Author Martin Wickramasinghe (1890-1976) lived in Koggala, and the folk art museum named after him is worth visiting.
In Ahangama, paintings in the Kataluwa temple complex provide excellent examples of the talent of local 19th century artists. The fishermen in Ahangama have developed a special method of catching fish without boats and without any threat from the massive breakers crashing along this shore. They perch on stilts fixed firmly in the sand of the shallow coastal area and cast out their lines. At the present, one of my relatives is going to open a guest house at Unawatuna, besides the steel factory to provide good accommodations for a reasonable price. As soon as he opens the guest house, I will let you know about it from Exinkai.