How to get to Unawatuna, transport
Unawatuna is located 150 kilometers from the main international airport of the country - Colombo airport, and 120 kilometers from Colombo. The nearest major transport hub near the resort town of Galle, and if you plan to get here by public transport, you should aim to go in Galle, as specifically to the resort area, virtually nothing goes (only in passing). On arrival at the Gale directly to the resort Unawatuna beach is easily reached by local bus or tuk tuk.
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From Colombo airport to Unawatuna
The easiest way from airport Colombo, Bandaranaike to get to Unawatuna taxi. The journey takes 3 hours and costs 90 $ or 11 000 rupees (refer to the currency of Sri Lanka and the current exchange rate). Payment for an official taxi is in rupees, therefore, you have to first change money at the airport. If you want to make the trip, you can use the route for a new highway (opened fully in 2014 alone) that will reduce you almost an hour of time, but will require additional payment for the toll road about $ 10. Return transfer from Unawatuna to the airport, easy to find in place at any Agency or at the hotel even cheaper from 8000 rupees.How does a transfer bookingDetails >Find the right routeBooking a transfer onlineThe driver meets you at the airport or at the station
If taxi is too expensive, it can be reached by bus or train. If any of these options I have to change in Colombo, and then, perhaps, in Halle. To be done this way takes about half a day.
When you arrive at airport you must first drive to Colombo by bus №187 or minivan under the same room. They go from the Parking lot to the left when you exit the airport (need to go beyond the fence of the airport and walk about 50 meters to the left). About an hour to go, the cost of 130 crores. Buses run frequently and, according to some information, all day, but we have not tested it.
Bus 187 goes to the Pettah district, near the railway and the main bus station in Colombo. Both stations are within walking distance from each other, and you can safely go to the end (rail station) or at the last stop (bus station). Next you need to get, as follows from Colombo.
Read more about bus station in Colombo here...
On the plane
Well, another way to get here is by plane through the airport Koggala (Koggala Airport). This airport is located in the South in the town of Kogalla, and there are flights on light airplanes and helicopters from Colombo airport company Cinnamon Air and Millennium Airlines (Simplifly), from the airport to Colombo-Ratmalana companies FitsAir and again Millennium Airlines. The fare one way from $ 230.
From Colombo to Unawatuna
By bus the easiest way from the bus station in Pettah district, but you can catch a bus southbound to Galle and on the main road Colombo Galle Road, which runs through the city along the coast, including through the beach area of mount Lavinia. Specifically to Unawatuna nothing is coming and you need to either look for a bus to Galle, where you will have to transfer to another local bus or take a tuk-tuk; or look for a bus to Tangalle or Matara, and off the path near Unawatuna on the Matara road. The latter option is much more convenient.
To ride the bus a little more than 3 hours, cost from 200 rupees depending on the bus. To find the right route at the station, it is best to take the help of local or drivers.
Can be reached by passing train Colombo - Matara directly to the railway station car Park (located a couple of kilometres from the resort centre), or to the railway station in Galle. At the same time on railway station Unawatuna railway station is only three trains a day, while of them goes to Halle about ten. The schedule is available here https://www.eservices.railway.gov.lk.
The fare is ridiculous, starts from RS 100 for third class. But a trip to a Sri Lankan trains in the third grade is not pleasant entertainment. A three-hour drive. Tickets in advance do not need to buy.
If you go to Galle, upon arrival at railway station you need to walk few minutes to the bus station where to catch the bus directly to Unawatuna.
From Galle to Unawatuna
Unawatuna is a suburb of Galle (Galle), separated by only five kilometers. Tuk-tuk can be reached in 300 to 500 rupees.
It is much cheaper to travel by bus. They depart at least every 30 minutes from Galle bus station, stand 21, the rupee, to go 10 minutes. All these buses pass, to Matara or Tangalle and drop passengers at one of three stops along Matara road near Unawatuna. With any of the stops easy to reach the centre in 15 minutes on foot. In the centre of the resort no bus stop and bus station there.
With other resorts and cities in Sri Lanka in Unawatuna
From almost any city in the country, you can reach Unawatuna in one day by bus or bus+train, but almost all the routes here passing through Colombo. The only exceptions are the resorts of Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Matara, Tangalle and some other small resorts in the South and southwest. They can be reached by bus or train directly. From the East or from the resorts centre can be reached also through Tangalle and Matara, but the time goes much the same as in Colombo.
Transport Unawatuna, than to move on
Unawatuna how small, that there is no transport to move around it is not needed. The farthest distances that you may have to cover on foot, Hiking in the stall with alcohol on Matara road (approximately 1 kilometre from the centre) or walk through the jungle to the beach, Jungle Beach (approximately 1.5 kilometer).
If you need to Galle or the southern beaches, it is easy to use the buses that continually ply the Matara road in both directions. If you want you can hire a tuk-tuk for the short trip at the Beach, and for more distant trips. A trip to Galle by tuk-tuk, for example, will cost 400 rupees. You can hire them both on a trip to a certain place and time.
In Unawatuna easy to rent a motorbike. Rental offices are located mainly in Wele Dewalaya road – main street area, Yaddehimulla rd. Find rentals by signs and signboards, or just for some of the exposed equipment. The rental price starts from 600 rupees (with trading), but it is usually per day, not per night. Daily rental is not very common, but finding it is still possible, the price for this, of course, will be slightly higher. Filling in Unawatuna no, the nearest is three kilometers in the direction of Galle on the Matara Road. Read more about rent motorbikes in Sri Lanka...
There is also no problem to hire a car or van for long trips to tourist attractions. Options routes, or you can make your own. Such proposals can be found again on Wele Dewalaya rd and Yaddehimulla rd.