Probably the most popular beach town in Sri Lanka's southern coast, in the district of Galle, Unawatuna has everything to make it cliche-perfect; powdery sands and palm trees, warm and crystal-clear waters and a truly serene atmosphere. A sleepy town and major tourist attraction for intimate Sri Lanka holidays by a secluded beach, Unawatuna is the ultimate seaside paradise. Drawing thousands of tourists all-year-round this seaside village is famous for its secluded, postcard-like beaches and amazing coral reefs. Amazing weather conditions throughout the year make of this town a perfect destination for scuba diving, surfing and snorkelling. Quiet and peaceful, despite receiving a high number of visitors, Unawatuna retains its mellow character, one of the town's many appeals that attracts so many young travellers. Unlike other beach resorts in Sri Lanka, the fact that the coast road is a kilometre away, means that Unawatuna isn't affected by the high level of traffic mayhem found at many other similar beach towns. With a good variety of places to dine around, the Unawatuna shoreline is dotted with panoramic beachfront restaurants.
Rich in biodiversity, Unawatuna is also one of Sri Lanka's top spots for Eco-tourism. A birdwatcher's paradise, at Unawatuna over 60 species of endemic birds can be found fluttering over the treetops every year, including sandpipers, herons, egrets and terns. Visitors can also spot rarer species such as the Asian Palm Swift, the Black Bittern and the Lesser Whistling Duck, all found mainly in the marshy area around Rumassala Hillock. Sea lovers and divers will be able to immerse in a world of unspoilt marine beauty where one can come across a great variety of colourful fish and turtles as well as a myriad of coral reefs and shipwrecks. For the hiking and trekking gurus, the shrub jungles of Rumassala offer a great opportunity to explore Unawatuna's flora and fauna.
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