Unawatuna......Voted one of the world best beaches
Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
209Trip End Sep 05, 2007
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This morning we left Tangalla and took a bus to a town called Matara, which was about an hour away, once in Matara we changed buses and travelled a further hour along Sri Lankas south coast to the town of Unawatuna.
The drive along the coast was both beautiful and upsetting, the beaches are the best we have EVER seen, they were absolutly stunning, some desserted, palm tree lined, with the most amazing colours of turquoise, blues, and greens in the sea. On the other hand, there were devastated buildings, mile upon mile, it was like they were never ending, some being rebuilt, a lot of signs of aid, and donations from around the world , which was fantastic to see
We missed our stop in Unawatuna, and landed up in the city of Galle, it was only 5kms further down the road, so we jumped in a tuk tuk to take us back to Unawatuna! Can you believe, even after haggling with our tuk tuk driver, a 5km tuk tuk journey cost more than 2 bus journeys totalling over 2 hours!!
We walked down the main road towards the beach, as I said before unsure of what we would find, we heard that Unawatuna received a lot of money to rebuild, and that there were more tourists in this area. Its completly different here than in Tangalla, yes you camn still see the devastation, and yes there are buildings left as shells, but they have built loads here, and there are plenty of restaurants and guesthouses.
We looked at a few different rooms as usual, and found a really nice bungalow set back from the beach. We dumped our things in our room and went straight to a cafe on the beachfront for lunch and something cold to drink, then we went for a swim in the delicious sea.
Unawatuna is stunning, you can see why it has been voted in the top 7 worlds best beaches, its a sweeping bay of sand, with gentle waters so that you can swim, there are little shops and cafes on both the main road and the beach. We are planning to stay here for about 7 nights, Matt hopes to surf here, and I hope to do my PADI scuba diving course, so we shall hopefully be kept busy!!!
Ali and Matt