From Galle, Sri Lanka, we hit the road in a tuk-tuk and head off in search for Unawatuna beaches and a little R&R!
A suburb of Galle, Unawatuna is a beautiful little coastal town known for its beaches, shipwrecks, and corals which contain a variety of fish and turtles. In fact, Turtles still come ashore and lay their eggs, even with the growth in tourism. But, as exciting as that sounds, we came to Unawatuna for the beaches, and that’s the first place we headed!
After checking in and dropping off our bags at Hansa Villa, we grabbed our towels and headed to the beach. First was Unawatuna beach where we enjoy a nice meal right on the sand! With a coconut for dessert in our hands, we headed out for a bit of a hike to find Jungle Beach.
Finding the trail to Jungle Beach wasn’t too difficult. There are signs that will show you the way throughout the hike, by sometimes they’re not that obvious, so its best to keep an eye out as you move along. The hike wasn’t too difficult either, but a lot longer then we had anticipated.
When we finally did reach Jungle Beach, it wasn’t as crowded as we thought it would be. There was a group of teenagers hanging out, dancing and partying and some fishermen were making their way back to shore. Since it was later in the day, the sun wasn’t around for too long, and the other tourists who came didn’t stay too long to enjoy it.
One of the most interesting things I found about Unawatuna & Jungle Beach was how it (and many other coastal cities around that part of the world) recovered from the massive Boxing Day tsunami. Unawatuna was one of a few places along our journey that still showed signs (publicly) of the how devastating the events were on that morning. In the back of Marty’s Restaurant on Yaddehimulla Rd, there is a line on the wall next to the bathroom. That line was left behind from the water level that day. It’s around 2 meters high.
Unfortunately, all the footage after Jungle Beach was damaged and lost, including the videos and photos of the water line. But the good news is we were able to rest, relax and enjoy Unawatuna & Jungle Beach, and start fresh the next day, where we continued our journey and headed off to Mirissa!
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