6 Epic Day Trips From Unawatuna

Want to know the best day trips from Unawatuna? Visit Frog rock and the Secret Beach. Unawatuna is a paradise beach town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. It’s full of deli’s, cafes and restaurants that offer treats from all corners of the world. Days can easily be spent here on a sun lounger on the wide palm fringed beach watching the world go by. But if you can pull yourself away from the beach there are some unmissable day trips from Unawatuna. 


1. Day trip from Unawatuna to Frog Rock – Wijaya Beach


Day trips from Unawatuna -Widjaya Sri Lanka Frog Fock


Sunset at Frog Rock

Just a 5 minute bus or Tuk Tuk ride south will take you to Wijaya beach. It’s great for snorkelling, with the odd green turtle swimming about, but watch out for the dangerous rip tide. Unlike neighbouring beaches, a sunbed will cost you a few dollars at Wijaya Beach. Make sure to hang around for night fall when Frog Rock will be beautifully silhouetted in front of the Sri Lankan sunset.


2. Koggala Lake and Sea Turtle Hatchery day trip from Unawatuna


Koggala see turtles in Sri Lanka


A Hawksbill Turtle hatchling

You can hire mopeds or arrange a tour (we hired a moped with Kumari Tours) to go and see Koggala Lake and the sea turtle hatchery in Sri Lanka. Here you can see turtles that have been injured and rehabilitated as well as eggs and hatchlings waiting to be released. On the way spot traditional stilt fisherman at work on the shore. Careful taking pictures though as it’s a way for them to earn a living too.


3. Day trip from Unawatuna to Galle Fort


Day trip from Unawatuna to Galle Fort


Galle Fort is a perfect day trip from the nearby beach town of Unawatuna. It was built by the Dutch in the 18th century as a headquarters and has stayed culturally removed from the normal towns of Sri Lanka. The beautiful old buildings benefit from UNESCO world heritage status and have now been occupied by some of the trendiest shops, cafes and restaurants in the country. Have a look at my post of the top things to do in Galle.


4. Go wildlife watching on a day trip from Unawatuna


Where to see Elephants in Sri Lanka


While Yala can be done as a day trip from Unawatuna, it’s an awfully long way. By the time you get there, there will have been hundreds of other jeeps that will have already scared all of the wildlife away. Instead visit the Elephant Transit Home of Udawalawa National Park where you can help in feeding the elephants. Or even closer is Kanneliya rainforest which was designated a Biosphere Reserve in 2004, it’s one of the last remaining rainforest of its kind in Sri Lanka.

Find more places to see wildlife in Sri Lanka here.


5. Swim With Turtles In Hikkaduwa


Swim with turtles in Sri Lanka Hikkaduwa


Just 40 minutes up the road you can find another stunning Sri Lankan beach. Hikkaduwa is probably most well known for its beautiful coral reef with its snorkelling and diving opportunities. It’s waters are also ideal for a swim as the beach is shallow with no real dangers or big waves. The most famous residents in Hikkaduwa are a few large and very well fed green turtles. Check out my post on swimming with turtles in Hikkaduwa for how to find them.


6. Mirissa or Unawatuna? Or both?!


Mirissa or Unawatuna Sri Lanka


Famous for it’s surfing and young crowd, Mirissa is a must see on the south coast of Sri Lanka. There is so much to do and see here why not stop for a night or two? But it can also make a great day trip from Unawatuna as it’s only 45 minutes by bus. Fall in love with the chilled vibe and even more relaxed waiters at the beach bars, just don’t be in a hurry to get anywhere! Have a look at my list of the top 5 things to do in Mirissa. and top 5 places to eat in Mirissa.


Unawatuna is a perfect base for a stay on the south coast of Sri Lanka with easy transport links and a good tourism infrastructure. There are some really great and easy day trips from Unawatuna to make it worth staying for a little longer than you first thought. Still not sure where to stay?

Check out my post Mirissa, Unawatuna or Hikkaduwa?

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