This small coastal town of Unawatuna; filled with shops, restaurants, hotels, guesthouses and chic cafes, has gained prominence for its beach, corals and rich biodiversity. The semicircular stretch of coast with palm trees and the serene atmosphere makes Unawatuna the perfect place for swimming and relaxing. The atmosphere in Unawatuna is buoyant; however there aren’t that many late night raves here. A wide variety of turtles and fish have been spotted in Unawatuna along with many species of native birds such as Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers, the Asian Palm Swift, the White Breasted Waterhen, the Black Bittern, and Sandpipers. Unawatuna is a perfect spot for diving with its corals and shipwrecks nearby. Another exhilarating activity one can engage in while in Unawatuna is snorkeling.
Some of the attractions that are just round the corner are Rumassala, Yatagala Rajamaha Viharaya, Unawatuna beach, the Jungle beach, Mihiripenna beach and the Dalawella beach. Turtle hatcheries, which focus on conserving sea turtles are also found in the neighborhood, and if you are fortunate enough you may be able to witness turtles laying eggs along the shoreline. Visitors to Unawatuna can also pay a visit to other seaside resorts such as Galle, Mirissa, Koggala, Bentota and Hikkaduwa.