How to get to Jungle Beach Unawatuna

How to get to Jungle Beach Unawatuna

This post is about how to get to Jungle Beach in Unawatuna. It also has everything I saw in Unawatuna. It includes Welle Devalaya Temple, Rock Beach, Japanese Peace Pagoda, and more. Unawatuna is a beach resort village in Sri Lanka and it was one of my favorite spots in the whole country.

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How to get to Jungle Beach Unawatuna

The first step in getting to Unawatuna Jungle Beach is to get to Unawatuna. Unawatuna is a short bus ride away from Galle. I caught bus 373 toward Habaraduwa. I gave the driver 20LKR and received no change.

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna Jungle Beach wasn’t the only thing I wanted to do in Unawatuna, so first I got off at Unawatuna Beach. I then made my way from Unawatuna to Jungle Beach on foot.

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Unawatuna Beach

The Welle Devalaya Temple

I walked along the beach and had a look at the Welle Devalaya Temple.

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Welle Devalaya Temple

Rocky Coastline to Jungle Beach

Behind the temple is a rocky coastline to Jungle Beach. You could try to follow this all the way but I’m not sure if you’d get stuck somewhere along the way. Also, it would take me about three to five times as long.

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Behind the temple is this Rocky Coastline which can lead you all the way to Jungle Beach.. assuming you don’t get stuck on the way

I did about 40 minutes worth, which only got me about a fifth of the way. I then cut into the road via a guesthouse, which looked amazing, and expensive.

Note: If I had done the whole thing by path at a casual pace it would have taken about 40 minutes.

Rock Beach

From there I followed the signs to Jungle Beach until I got to the rock beach. It was very peaceful.

Sorry for the bad picture. Someone came along and I wasn’t feeling sociable so I bailed, taking a quick snap on my way out.

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A rushed picture of the Rock Beach, which does have the ocean… but not in this picture

Japanese Peace Pagoda

Before getting to the Jungle Beach I decided to have a look at the Japanese Peace Pagoda which was nice. I learned some stuff about Buddha from the signs.

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Japanese Peace Pagoda.

Upon my exit from the Japanese Peace Pagoda, the caretaker invited me into the temple part. There was a clear sign saying no pictures, but he insisted I take one, so here it is.

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The temple at the Japanese Peace Pagoda

I donated 100LKR then continued to Jungle Beach.

Finally at Jungle Beach

I was expecting a secluded beach with few people. I was mistaken.

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Jungle Beach – this is the second beach. The first was very crowded

I went to the second beach which was less crowded and took a well-deserved swim.

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Map of Unawatuna Jungle Beach

The Jungle beach itself was a bit of a letdown, but all the stuff I saw/did while getting to Jungle Beach was awesome. It is true that often the journey is better than the destination… or something like that.

Getting to Galle From Unawatuna Jungle Beach

Behind the second beach is some stairs. Follow them all the way up and turn left at the road, which will lead you to the main road. Turn left to get to the bus stop.

Getting back to Galle from Jungle Beach cost 15LKR.

When I got back to Galle I went back to the bakery from yesterday and got this bad boy for 80LKR. I also got another egg sandwich for breakfast tomorrow which cost 60LKR.

Accommodation in Unawatuna

I did a day trip to Jungle Beach from Galle, but I saw a lot of accommodation in Unawatuna while walking around. I’m sure you can find something cheap if you get away from the beach a bit, or you can book ahead using the form below.

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The Jungle Beach in Unawatuna itself was a bit disappointing for me, but I enjoyed the walk there. The walk along the coastline was a bit of an adventure and the short jungle trek was nice. My favorite “attraction” along the way was the Japanese Peace Pagoda.

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