Attraction | Unawatuna Beach
From the Unawatuna beach an excursion to the Ruhunu National Wild Life Park could be arranged. Travelling along the west-southern coast of Srilanka, with beach hugging road where there are many cultural and interesting things to look out for,one can approach this wild life haven to witness beautiful and awe inspiring wild life sometimes encountering a wild elephant or two who would come right on to the 4 wheel drive jeep one could travel inside the park. inquiries, “firstname.lastname@example.org” or mobile 0094-775776902
Unawatuna is an excellent ground for breeding turtles.many varieties of marine turtles wade into the shore to lay their nests & eggs.the loggerheads & the leathery turtle visits the shore oftenly & the green turtle visits the shore less.newborn turtles are cared here until the little baby turtles are ready to be released back to the ocean. if you happen to come during such realease time you too can participate in the presrvation act to release tiny turtle hatchlings.
Unawatuna beach, a crescent shaped shallow beach situated further south to the famous town of galle and its famous harbour and towering roomassala mountain. It is protected by a natural reef from the open sea and due to the semicircle shape of it forms a perfect natural swimming pool with aquamarine colour gentle waves crashing on the golden sandy beach.
In addition to the blue whale watching at the neary town of mirissa, fisher folk plant sticks into the shallow water and sitting on a crotch on the stick small variety of fish are caught. these fishermen known as “stilt fishermen” spend many an hour catching the fish one by one. they look like a flock of one legged birds with their straw hats and the fishing rods. since recently you too can join them but must be warned to learn to sit on a piece of stick (maybe about 8 inches) for more than an hour or so.
This builiding was built first in 1588 by the portuguese,in the bay of galle on the south east coast of sri lanka.then it was extensively fortified by the dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards.the heritage value of this magnificent fort has been recognized by the unesco & has been declared as an archeological reserve by it.still it appears nicely due to the great job done by the archaeological department of sri lanka.it is built on a small rocky peninsula,belonging to the sea as much as to the land.it covers an area of 52 hectares (130 acres).the dutch church inside the fort h
Beautiful rare species of birds could be seen at koggala, marshy areas & rumassala hillock.this is a very popular activity of tourists who comes to visit unawatuna.they photograph & video these beautiful birds.there are over 60 species of endemic birds around the area.birds such as egrets, herons, terns, kingfishers, sandpipers & rare species such as the lesser whistling duck, the black bittern, the white breasted waterhen, the asian palm swift & the turnstone loten’s sunbird.
Unawatuna is a perfect & excellent place for scuba diving & snorkekelling.off the cost of unawatuna you can explore the beautiful marine life of colourful corals,myriad tropical coral fish,(angel fish,puffer fish,lion fish,parrot fish zebra fish and on & on the list goes).you can even see amazing ship wrecks!!this activity is very famous to all who come to unawatuna as they can gain a wonderfull great exciting experience!! (who knows you may be the lucky one to find a treasure the next time you dive!!!).
Known to be the landing place of a legendary person connected with the southern drumming and devil dancers of southren srilanka this shrine is worshipped by all and believed to have divine powers. one such proof was at the time of the tsunami in 2006 while the buildings on the shore were damaged beyond repair this shrine which is on top of rocky isle ( the wave would definitely have travelled over the shrine by the height it arrived at the beach,) near the beach did not suffer any significant damage.
This river traversed by boat takes one to a completely different environment full of mangrove trees intervining over your heads forming a canopy in the river channels. a bird watchers paradise these channels wind through fish breeding ground and many other flora varieties could be observed along the river ride. the kirala tree which bears a tasty fruit (made into a tasty drink by locals) are used in “devildance” mask carving at a near by town called ambalangoda.
At kokgala a nearby town is a museum which houses many an ancient items including a view to the items and life during the colonial era in srilanka. you would be able to see horse ridden carriages along with an “elephant carriage” which was used at the time. mr. martin wickremasinghe a srilankan folk novelist has wriiten many childrens books including a trip to an island in the nearby river by a local boy and how he and a friend lived in it like a local robinson crusoe. the island which is real still could be visited by boat and is known as the “madol duwa.”