Unawatuna attractions, what to see

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Attractions in Unawatuna quite a bit. Perhaps, but Jungle beach jungle Beach in Rumassala, a Japanese pagoda and a pair of temples in a resort area is nothing to watch. Everything interesting is outside of the resort, and the most important sights are located quite far.

Scale closest interesting place is the city of Galle with its historical Fort, which is one of six facilities in the countries included in the world heritage list of UNESCO. About a 10-minute drive from the centre is a cave temple Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya. If you go far to the East along the South coast, you can see a few interesting temples and cave temple complex of Mulkirigala, which is almost not inferior to the entertainment and scale of the famous temples of Dambulla in Central Sri Lanka. Still further East is the most popular national Park in the country – Yala (Yala). A little closer to the North, the national Park Sinharaja Forest. If you want to see whales, you can go to Mirissa. Well, if you go along the coast to the North, you can get acquainted with attractions in Hikkaduwa and Bentota.

To visit all these interesting places can be part of tours that are sold everywhere in Unawatuna. Some agencies on the street even offer the descriptions of the excursions specifically for English-speaking tourists. Also a popular way of sightseeing the Pace is to rent a car with driver for trips on the prepared or individually planned route. Well, if you drive a motorbike, you can travel around the South alone, renting equipment from RS 700 per day.

Below is the list of attractions in Unawatuna. Information about other interesting places on the South coast of Sri Lanka you can get to the sections on other resorts: Matara, Tangalle, Mirissa , etc.

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Beach Jungle Beach

Пляж Джангл Бич в УнаватунеBeach Jungle Beach

Beach Jungle beach is not only attraction, but also a great place to stay. It is a small beach hidden in the jungle a couple of kilometers from Unawatuna. Unfortunately, today it is impossible to say that this is a secret and little-known deserted beach, but once it was. Now in nice weather, it attracts a lot of tourists, and the path to the beach through the jungle never heals.

Jungle Beach consists of two small beaches Dina 50 and 100 meters, most vacationers filled the smaller man. From the larger beach, it is separated by 100 meters of rocky area that is easy to overcome, so if you want to be in a more secluded location, we suggest you walk 100 meters, but in any case not swim, and shore.

There is almost no infrastructure, although on a small beach now there is a cafe and sunbeds to rent, there is even a shower and toilet. Water traditional beach entertainment such as bananas and jet skis there. Here all the sail boats with tourists from the main Unawatuna beach, so quiet here that is rare. One of the activities is snorkeling, which is considered to be the best in the resort. Cove with beach is well protected by a coral reef from the waves, so swim with a mask and snorkel, even at the shore.

🚶 How to get there: the Beach is about a 20 minute walk from the centre of Unawatuna through the jungle on a simple trail (beach and jungle beach on the map). Wooden signs for the beach in the centre start at the fork Welle Dewalaya - Yaddehimulla road. You can reach here by motorbike or car passing by Marata Road and Rumassala road. To the beach is steep, and the vehicles will have to Park at the top. Also you can get here by boat from the main beach.

🕐 Time of work: round the clock.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

Japanese peace pagoda (Japanese Peace Pagoda)

Японская пагода в УнаватунеJapanese pagoda in Unawatuna

Japanese Peace Pagoda is one of 80 pagodas worldwide, built by the Japanese to different countries and cities. Only in Sri Lanka, four of these pagodas.

The pagoda is on a hill and is visible from afar. Looks especially impressive from the side of Unawatuna, like it grew out of the jungle. At the pagoda you can climb and walk around. From the top, by the way, offers good views of the surrounding area, and even perfectly clear Galle and its Fort. Near the pagoda is a small temple, where access is open to everyone.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

🕐 Working time: daytime.

🚶 How to get there: the Pagoda is located near the beach, Jungle Beach and a 15-minute walk from the centre (the pagoda on the map). To get to it on foot, you need to follow the signs to the beach, Jungle Beach, and you'll be taken straight to the pagoda. You can also reach her at Matara Road transport and Rumassala road. There is a Parking area

Temple Of Unawatuna

Храм в УнаватунеTemple Of Unawatuna

If you walk along the main Unawatuna beach to the southern tip, it ends with a small stone promontory and the hill on which the temple is located. This temple has a special architectural delights or unique statues and pagodas, but with the top of the hill offers a wonderful view on Unawatuna and its beach. On the platform at the top is also cute white stupa (Dagoba) and a statue of a sitting Buddha.

Do not forget when entering a temple take off your shoes, and, of course, can't enter the temple in a bathing suit.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

🕐 Working time: daytime.

🚶 How to get there: the temple Unawatuna is located on the South end of the main beach, accessible on foot (the temple on the map).

Temple Of Roomassala Sri Viwekarama Temple

Храм Roomassala Sri Viwekarama в Унаватуне Temple Of Roomassala Sri Viwekarama

This temple is a monastery hidden in the Roomassala jungle Sanctuary a few hundred meters from the Japanese pagoda. He is little known and not listed in any tourist guides.

In the temple you can see several beautiful Buddha statues, paintings and frescoes. It is very quiet and nice, no crowds of tourists, but if you get here during the meal, you still can invite to eat together with the monks and parishioners.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

🕐 Working time: daytime.

🚶 How to get there: the temple is located in a forest Sanctuary near Roomassala Japanese pagoda (the temple on the map). From Unawatuna centre is reachable on foot in 25 minutes. To find a temple, Japanese pagoda need to go on the paved road away from the beach and 100 meters, where the road turns left, you need to go straight, there is a pointer to a temple.

Forest, Rumassala

Лес Rumassala Slope Rumassala

Rumassala Jungle Sanctuary – tropical rainforest near Unawatuna. If you are not able to get into one of the national parks of Sri Lanka, you can at least take a walk in this rainforest. All the more so for trips it does not need any guide or special transport. It is enough to go from the centre of the resort along the path toward the beach, Jungle Beach, and you will be in Roomassala. The forest stretches further behind the beach, Jungle Beach.

To say that it is a wild place and a real jungle would be an exaggeration, however, to see a real dense tropical vegetation and if you're lucky, the animals, here. And at the bottom of the water are mangroves. Use caution and do not enter fenced areas in the woods are houses and land of local residents, and do not violate private property.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

🕐 Time of work: round the clock, but it is not necessary to go into the woods at night

🚶 How to get there: the Forest on the map.

Shop Udara Antiques

Магазин Udara Antiques в Унаватуне Shop Udara Antiques

This antique shop is located on Matara Road in Unawatuna. The entrance is free, so it is possible to consider it as a free Museum of antiquities. The collection is very diverse and large, and if you are a lover of Antiques, it is also safe here to buy something.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

🚶 How to get: 266 Matara Road, shop on the map.

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Храм Yatagala в УнаватунеYatagala

Yatagala temple in Unawatuna surrounding area is one of the brightest attractions. Although he does not possess any outstanding architectural features and beauty, it is one of the most important Buddhist places in the South. He is one of the oldest temples in the island, and by some estimates was built more than 2300 years ago. The temple is built on a rock, but it is not fully cave temple.

Interestingly, to visit the temple at any time of the day. It is on a hill, where you will have to climb the stairs but the lift will overpower any.

🕐 Time of work: round the clock.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, donations are welcome.

🚶 How to get there: the temple is located a few kilometers from Unawatuna and there are best reached by rented transport, or hire for the trip tuk-tuk (the pagoda on the map).

The turtle farm (Turtle Hutchery, Turtle Farm)

Ферма черепах The turtle farm

On the coast a few kilometers to the East from Matara rd, Unawatuna is one of the best farms of turtles in the South.

Farms in the larger basins contain different species of turtles, and the farm tour is accompanied by a detailed and interesting story, however, is in English. And, whether you arrived with a group or you will be completely alone on the farm, you still very detailed about all will tell. On the farms also presents laying of eggs of sea turtles, and in some places it is possible to release young turtles to the open sea, of course, for an additional fee. And if on release the turtles into the sea you do not have enough money, you can just hold turtles in hand.

Website: http://www.seaturtlefarm.org/

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 400 RS.

🕐 Working time: daily from 8:00 to 18:30.

🚶 How to get: the turtle Farm Habaraduwa town is located 7 kilometers East of Unawatuna (the turtle farm on the map). The farm is just up the road Matara rd, and let her difficult there is a big sign. To get here it's best tuk-tuk or rented transport, but you can get on the bus. On Galle rd in Unawatuna just hop on any local bus towards Matara, and he will take you to Habaraduwa for pennies. Ask the driver or conductor to drop you at your desired place.

Forest Kottawa

Бассейн в КоттаваThe pool in Kottawa

A small rain forest, Kottawa Reserve Forest is only a few tens of kilometers from Unawatuna and Galle. He is not popular and almost unknown among tourists, because it's not a national Park with exotic animals and harvested and interesting scenic routes. But if you've never been to a tropical jungle (forest Rumassala in Unawatuna is not in the bill), and to go to this national Park is not possible, at least a little to satisfy their curiosity. There will hardly be able to see exotic animals like max will see insects and birds, but tropical vegetation in abundance. Yet there is the bathing pool filled with cool water from the Creek.

Read more about forest Kottawa here...

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: admission is free.

🕐 Time of work: round the clock, but to see the forest day should.

🚶 How to get there: From Unawatuna to the forest is best reached by hired transport or tuk-tuk. Travel time is about 30 minutes and about 20 kilometres (forest map).

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Julia December 9, 2014
And another question, I can without a guide to walk on the trekking route, or if already entered, you definitely need to take it? ...
Natalichka 22, 2015
I do not agree that in Unawatuna there is a liquor store. It is, if you go from the resort to the main road, walk 5 - 7 minutes towards the South (in the direction of Mirissa) if you look carefully, you'll see a small stall, full of concrete, the Windows and doors are thick lattice, there, in certain hours and sell alcohol. In the evening, always! Local rum - a miracle! Stumbled upon this stall quite by accident, we love to walk around the neighborhood, and that dogulyalis that is already beginning to get dark, turned back and saw the notice about this larocca. Men happy, having bought a bottle of Araki, immediately deal with it, drank. Went and we bought a few bottles of rum (with a margin). Pushes the coin into the narrow window and give you the desired alcohol.:))) Well, I found this stall in the first days of our holiday:)) when I came a year, once in the stall ;)). Rested in December 2012 and 2013. And yet, nearby, there are tea plantations that will take you any Tucker on his tuk - tuk. In addition to informative tour about the production of tea, you will buy there gorgeous Ceylon tea at a nice price, however, then you're welcome not to believe the hype that the tea that is sold in a supermarket in Russia "produced and Packed in Sri Lanka"!:))).Although, of course, the best in Unawatuna, this is the OCEAN with its incredible energy. All wonderful holidays!!! ...
admin 22 July, 2015

You are right, the liquor store is there, just not in the village, but close. He we even marked on the map here http://nashaplaneta.net/asia/srilanka/unawatuna-karta.php in the form of an icon. Only liquor shops in Sri Lanka are not working during the holidays, so if you want to celebrate Christmas or new year, buy in advance. About tea plantations near Unawatuna is a divorce. These tea plantations are located only in mountainous areas. ...
MikkyMouse 2 September, 2015
very interesting! now you can safely go for a vacation :) ...
mkv-dk 21 February, 2019
you can exchange money also in the shops of the dealers of stones, and the ATM was a day not issued more than$ 200 and a Commission of 5%, but when paying by card at the supermarket were horse discounts - 30%, the same discount was when booking hotels in Colombo.ANO it was really - 2014-2015. ...
Екатерина1921 1 March 2019
Hello! Can anyone me recommend and give the coordinates of the school/instructor surfing for beginners near Hikkaduwa? ...
admin 2 March, 2019

I specifically coordinate prompt, but I will say that you will find everything on place. Stroll along the beach and see plenty of billboards, and just boys will offer. ...
Екатерина1921 2 March, 2019
Thanks for the info! ...
, Alisa 8 November, 2019
Cynic plantations near the coast there! It's a little further Cagalli turn to the left and farther inland - not very far. Else you can go to the island in lake Koggala on the bridge, accidentally discovered, went, interesting, but no one will tell you about that route! And it is necessary to pass between the units and the airfield, the landmark - cafe-plane, that's about the opposite, see the map, you'll understand. ...
admin November 8, 2019

Oh I beg you... It's just for tourists vegetable gardens, and plantation. The plantation hidden in the mountains, in the plain tea on SHL not grow. ...