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Unawatuna Bay Hotel

Unawatuna Bay Hotel

Lene Holbæk-Hanssen

Unawatuna is the favorite chilling place for frequent Independent travelers. Year after year they keep coming back. Unawatuna is just four kilometer further south down Route A2 from the dutch fortress city of Galle.

Unawatuna first became popular with the flower children who came to Sri Lanka from Indian beaches like Goa, and other places like Pondicherry to enable them to get fresh visas to get back to India.

Most homesteads in the area opened up their homes to the foreigners as they brought in an extra income, however paltry its was, the rooms without any facilities fetched about Ten Rupees, a princely sum when a Dollar was a mere Seven Fifty.

Over the year the clientele as well as the guesthouses changed and today it boasts of boutique style villas, some owned by foreigners, very few of the places have Sri lanka Tourist Board accreditation., just one Hotel, few "A" grade Guest houses, mostly "B" grade places and three Heritage Home classified villas.

There is more shoe string and back-packer joints, a host of beach front restaurants that has taken away the charm of the world reknown beach that was often in the TOP TEN beaches of the world.

yet for all this changes Unawatuna still retains some mystic charm that still draws the beach combers to this laid back sleepy old village.


April 21, 2008 change by ravana (1 point)

December 18, 2006 change by giorgio

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