Located just 6km away from the Galle town, Unawatuna is one of the most popular beaches in Sri Lanka. The ocean here is safe for swimming as it is protected by a reef. Unawatuna is an extremely busy and lively spot, with many bars and restaurants lining the beach. It also offers exciting water sports, in addition to diving and snorkelling. Experienced divers can head out to a couple of wrecks buried deep in the ocean off the coast of Unawatuna. One of the wrecks is a British steamer which dates back over 100 years. It is considered to be a rather scenic wreck, abundant with marine life. Local diving schools will assist and guide you on these dives.
Jungle beach is a secluded and beautiful stretch of beach which requires a bit of effort to get to. You will have to hike for about 20 minutes to reach the beach, but what awaits you at the end of the journey is truly special. Veiled by thick jungle on all sides, the golden sands and crystal waters of Jungle beach are becoming increasingly popular amongst tourists.
The Dalawella beach is less crowded and perfect if you want to relax and enjoy the tropics. It’s a little away from Unawatuna beach, but definitely worth a visit. The stretch of beach in front of the Wijeya Beach Restaurant is the safest for swimming. However, you can find more isolated spots further away from this stretch if you are interested only in sun bathing.
Mihiripenna beach is located a little south of Dalawella. This too is a far less crowded stretch of beach, with soft sand and clear blue waters. A natural pool has been created by a coral reef, which is great for snorkelling or just for swimming.
Koggala beach is located about 8km away from Unawatuna. It is one of the longest beaches in Sri Lanka and is relatively uncluttered. The beach is a great place to watch local stilt fisherman as well as to observe sea turtles.