It is a suburb of Galle, about 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) southeast to the city center and approximately 108 kilometers (67 mi) south of Colombo's Bandaranayaka International Airport in Katunayaka. Unawatuna is situated at an elevation of 5 meters (16 ft.) above the sea level. According to the Ramayana legend the Rumassala Mountain is a piece of Himalaya in India. In the epic, the monkey-warrior Hanuman was sent back to India to fetch the four medicinal herbs from the Himalayas in order to heal prince Lakshman. Hanuman failed to identify these herbs, so he lifted the entire mountain and carried it to the battlefield to try to save Lakshman, but in the process, a chunk of it "fell-down" in the location of the present day Unawatuna, the name of the village derives from "Una-watuna" meaning "fell down".
Unawatuna is rich in its biodiversity. Over sixty species of endemic birds, including terns, egrets, herons, sandpipers and kingfishers, as well as rare species such as the lesser whistling duck, the Asian palm swift, the white-breasted waterhen, the Loten's sunbird and the black bittern have been sighted in the locality by the ornithologist, Clive Byers. These birds are mostly sighted in the remaining marshy area and Rumassala Hillock. Off the coast of Unawatuna, beneath the Indian Ocean lies a number of coral reefs, shipwrecks, and a great variety of fish and turtles. The turtles still wade onto the shore to lay their nests and eggs, and at times, as if to lay first claim to the sandy shore now invaded by the tourists and dotted by restaurateurs, even go right into the beach front restaurants. The Rumassala coral reefs at the east end of the Galle Harbor attract divers,Eco treks in the shrub jungles of Rumassala are also available.
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Coral Sands Hotel
326, Galle Road, Hikkaduwa.
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Tel : 0912277513
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Tel : 0912224017
Galle Road, Ahungalle
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Tel : 0913098689
Hikka Tranz By Cinnamon
P. O. Box. 01, Galle Road, Hikkaduwa.
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Tel : 0912277023
The Surf Bentota.
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Tel : 0342275126
523c-446, Colombo Road, Ginthota, Galle.
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Tel : 0114715020
Pandanus Beach Resort & Spa
Galle Road, Yalegama, Induruwa
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Tel : 0342271240
Galle Road, Ahungalla.
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Tel : 0912264251
Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa
National Holiday Resort, Bentota.
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Tel : 0342275073
Unawatuna Beach Resort
Parangiyawatta, Unawatuna, Galle
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Tel : 0524925208
No 30, Old Guru Niwasa Road, Balapitiya
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Tel : 0912030444
P. O. Box 01, 80615, Talpe
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Tel : 0912283460
Cinnamon Bentota Beach
Galle Road, Bentota
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Tel : 0342275176
Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
National Holiday Resort, Bentota
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Tel : 0344641464
Rock Side Beach Resort
Galle Road, Athuruwella, Induruwa
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Tel : 0342271273
Thaproban Pavilion Resort & Spa
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Tel : 0914944184
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