Unawantuna

At day, beach life ambience and lazy days. Sand, sea and clear blue sky. At evening, bright red sunsets accompanied by icy cold drinks. And old CDs playing from the record player; travellers and locals dancing in the still warm sand as evening turns into night.

At day, beach life ambience and lazy days. Sand, sea and clear blue sky. At evening, bright red sunsets accompanied by icy cold drinks. And old CDs playing from the record player at small beach shags and bars; travellers and locals dancing in the still warm sand as evening turns into night. While it would no longer be valid to put a “remote” or “unexplored” stamp on Unawatuna, it still is possible to find a bit of cheery, laidback ambience in the western part of the beach town. The sand is still golden, the palms still sway slowly and the water is still warm. But Unawatuna also sees it fair share of hotels and construction sites close to the sea. If you want a bit more laid-backness on the South Coast, go for Mirissa or Tangelle.

But Unawatuna still offers fine options for an ambient beach holiday. You will just be a short ride away from colonially cozy Galle, and if you are a bit curious Unawatuna has fine local life for you to explore in the back streets. The weather is best from October to April, where weather is fine and sea calm, but you can go here all year, if a bit rough sea and a few showers do not bother you. In European summer from May to September the East coast with Trincomalee and Arugam Bay is better.