I think these pictures are reason enough to convince you why Unawatuna, in the Galle District of south western Sri Lanka, is an ideal place to be a beach bum. So why not slap on some sun lotion, grab a great book and recline on the beach loungers to the sound of the gentle waves. Once it gets too hot beneath the beach umbrellas, go for a dip in the lukewarm waters. And try the avocado smoothie from one of the beach bars – it was the first time I tried it and loved its smooth texture and subtle flavour so much that I had another.
The beach was peaceful, with only a few other tourists here and there, so it was an ideal place to unwind. But if you prefer a bit of adventure instead, you can go snorkelling or diving to see the famed corals (just organise with the diving shop-cum-restaurant on the beach front).
If you spend the whole day on the beach (as I did) by the late afternoon you’ll see the local fishermen anchor their wooden fishing boats after a day out on the waters. Later they’ll set up stands with their catch of the day – lobster, crayfish, crab, and various fish – which you can buy and have one of the restaurants prepare it for you, just as you like it. I wrote more about how you can buy fresh fish in my post about a neighbouring beach, Mirissa. So Bon Appetit!