Unawatuna is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Sri Lanka and is the most “famous” beach in the country, snug in its sun-kissed bay filled with holiday goers from around the world. The narrow coastal road that hugs the shoreline serves as a fascinating walk through seaside boutiques and restaurants that cater to the tastes of everyone who encounters them.

For a temporary escape from our backland habitat, the world-famous Unawatuna Beach is a short drive away from Villa Thawthisa the Boutique Hotel, on the sunny coastline that is synonymous with Sri Lanka’s southern province. Previously boasting the title of the best beach in the world, Unawatuna remains impressive with its expansive stretch of white sand that meets the cerulean blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

The west end of the beach leads to some rocks and stairs to go up a small hill with a pagoda and a big Buddha statue. It makes for a nice little walk with a beautiful view overlooking the beach.

This banana-shaped golden sandy beach with its turquoise water is usually crowded during the day with both locals and tourists. Families, including children, come to bathe in this amazing beach which has the best waves for swimming. There are sunbeds for rent and many guesthouses bordering this beach which is surrounded by palm trees. Behind the beach, leads to a road filled entirely with a variety of vendors selling all types of goods including clothes, jewelry and souvenirs.