Unawatuna: Reasons to Beach

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!

Iga Motylska

Iga Motylska is a Johannesburg-based freelance writer, photojournalist, sub-editor and blogger. She is published in numerous local and international publications, including: Forbes Africa, Forbes Woman Africa, Forbes Life Africa, CNBC Africa, Ventures Africa, Marie Claire, Sawubona, AA Traveller, Fastjet inflight magazine and Seoul Magazine among numerous others. Her editorial interests range from documenting the entrepreneurial spirit to women's and human rights issues, environmental affairs and of course travel writing.


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