Unawatuna is a sleepy seaside fishing village in Galle District of Sri Lanka. It is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful picturesque golden beach and corals. Unawatuna is situated at an elevation of 5 m (16 ft) above the sea level.
Unawatuna is now not just famous for being voted one of the best beaches in the world but for the timeless slogan “I love UNA” which is symbolic of its popularity among tourists and locals alike. Unawatuna has become the ultimate beach and party destination in Sri Lanka. Packed into the stretch of beach which is known as the Unawatuna Bay, are great restaurants, affordable and snazzy accommodation along with some equally fantastic weather. Unawatuna has become a home away from home where ayurvedic massages, lazy swims, beautiful coral reefs and a variety of fish and turtles all cohabit with each other in peace and harmony. For those in need of an escape from the chaos of work or some much needed rest and recreation Una is definitely the place to be.
Jungle Beach (4 km from Unawatuna) is a small stretch of beach with the forest right behind it. As the name suggests, it has its share of wilderness. An ideal beach to enjoy some snorkelling, it can be accessed from the Unawatuna beach by Boat. A minor road too leads to the Jungle beach from Unawatuna.
A rocky outcrop along the southern coast with a wide variety of rare medicinal herbs. Legend has it that when “Hanuman” of Ramayana fame was dispatched on a mission to collect medicinal herbs from the Himalayas for Rama’s brother Lakshman, he was unable to identify a particular plant required, and to solve the problem he carried an entire section of herb-covered mountain to Sri Lanka, a part of which fell on Rumassala. You must not miss the beach as it is so beautiful. You can reach there by the foot path from the temple up on the rock. Walk about 800 m.
Yatagala Rajamaha Viharaya
The Yatagala Rajamaha Viharaya, one of the oldest rock temples of Sri Lanka can be reached from the Unawatuna – Hinatigala road. The rock temple was believed to have been built about 2,300 years ago (during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa). The temple of which the walls are adorned with murals, houses a 9 m long reclining Buddha statue.