Unawatuna Beach is probably the most famous beach near the city of Galle in the south of Sri Lanka. However, given its popularity among international tourists, it is definitely not one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka (you’ll have to head further out of civilization for those). The once-pristine shores are now lined with tourist-oriented cafes, hostels, and restaurants, many still in varying levels of disrepair after the devastating tsunami of 2004.
That being said, it’s a fun and convenient place for a day at the beach if you’re staying in Galle. Again, don’t come looking for untouched coral reefs and privacy. But, if you’re looking for soft sand, clear blue waters, and plenty of deck chairs where you can have a cold beer in the sun, Unawatuna is actually a great place. The beach itself isn’t all that big so it’s probably best to try and go in the off-season (we went in November and it was perfect).