Moonstone coloured waters of Unawatuna
Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
99Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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Three or so hours later, our bus ended it's long journey south on Galle road and dropped us in Galle. A quick Tuk Tuk took us to the beach area of Unawatuna. We found a place to stay from having a chat with a fruit stand. A fruit stand we would become very friendly with. The guesthouse was new and finished in time for the England cricket fans to arrive. Our plan was to move further east away from Galle to find a chance of a cheap room nearer the time of the cricket.
Unawatuna is a place of dreams, a banana shaped bend of boiling sand massaged by a aggressive sea of moonstone blue. The area was devastated by the tsunami of 2004 but has been rebuilt from donations of generous tourists.
Our first day in Unawatuna we headed over to Galle to check out the small city. We were glad to have not stayed there as it only took a short time of one afternoon to explore Galle fort. The city has a wonderful collection of crumbling Dutch-colonial buildings as well as colours and textures not found in anywhere else in Sri Lanka. The fort area is small enough to explore in an afternoon, we enjoyed finding a post office, walking along the edge of the fort and viewing the lighthouse and the stunning views from the southern tip and west points of the fort area. We enjoyed a tasty milkshake before we found a great hotel to enjoy dinner on their balcony overlooking the Galle lighthouse. We shared a fish meal and then a rice and curry meal. Both were the same price but one receives far more food when choosing the local rice and curry dish. Delicious. A short and cheap local squashed bus journey took us back to our comfortable pad.
What else can I say about Unawatuna, we relaxed, ate loads of fruit (most of it free from our fruit stand), we learned about different types of bananas, took afternoon dips in the warm Indian Ocean and enjoyed the slow pace of the life in the area. We would take it in turns to pop to a local shop, where they would let us take away their coffee pot for a few hours and dive into some vegetable Roti and some other Sri Lankan treats.
On our Friday at the beach we enjoyed watching all the locals take their children for an end of week splash. A bunch of teenagers were also attempting a human pyramid in the ocean. A different world to a Friday in the UK for sure. We went to the Dagoba and temple at the end of the beach and watched some locals pray.
We were still enjoying the local Kottu and watched as our coffee pot shop served us up some freshly cooked and chopped Kottu. It was hot stuff but utterly delicious. Sonja was craving for some fish, we tried to order in one restaurant but they ran out, maybe at our next stop?
We spent four nights in Unawatuna, and luckily were able to jump on a local bus to take us a further 40 minutes east to the beach town of Mirissa through Wiligama.
Next stop, Mirissa.