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Unawatuna Beach on the southwest coast is the most stunning beach near the Galle Dutch Fort Dutch Fort. The golden sandy beach with blue dazzling water is flanked by fringed palm trees.

The beach is surrounded by a double reef, which reduces the impact of the waves of the Indian Ocean, making it excellent for safe swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Unawatuna is an excellent place to learn to surf as well.

There are several rental options for sunbeds, mats, and umbrellas, and also fancy restaurants, pubs, and shacks along the beach.

The Jungle Beach of west Unawatuna is a lovely bay with calm water. There is an outstanding pagoda known as Peace Pagoda on the hillside of the Jungle Beach.  Another attraction nearby is the Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, a peaceful medieval rock temple with a reclining Buddha carved into a giant boulder and beautiful murals on the walls.

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Nearby Attractions

  • Weligama Beach

Weligama Bay is a popular destination for both novice and experienced surfers. There are several surf schools along the beach where you may also rent surfboards.

Distamce: 23 Km

  • Galle Dutch Fort

The Galle Dutch Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was originally erected in the 16th century by the Portuguese.

Distance: 6 Km

  • Stilt Fishermen

An age-old fishing technique unique to Sri Lanka. It came into being just after World War II.

Distance: 10 Km

  • Japanese Peace Pagoda

Nichidatsu Fujii, a Japanese Buddhist monk, dedicated his life in 1947 to building Peace Pagodas across the globe as symbols of peace. Over 80 Peace Pagodas have been constructed across the world, including in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Distance: 2 Km

  • Jungle Beach

It’s a lovely bay tucked in a wooded region that’s popular for day trips.

Distance: 2 Km

The most popular nearby attraction: Galle Dutch Fort (7 Km)


within 10 Km

Star Classified Hotels- Yes

Boutique Hotels- Yes

Resorts- No

International Chain Hotels- No

Ayurvedic Hotels- Yes

Villas- Yes

Eco Hotels- Yes

Camping- No

Unclassified Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


CMB Airport- 151 Km (travel time: 2hrs 15min)

Colombo City- 126 Km (travel time: 2hrs 15min)

Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 275 Km (travel time: 4hrs 50min)

Anuradhapura Ancient City- 312 Km (travel time: 5hrs 25min)

Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 323 Km (travel time: 5hrs 40min)

Kandy City- 222 Km (travel time: 4hrs 10min)

Galle Dutch Fort- 7 Km (travel time: 25min)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time

November to April


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