MADOL DUWA -THE ISLAND OF LITERATURE, THEATRE, AND MANGROVES

In the serene setting of Koggala Lake, less than half an hour from CoCo Bay Unawatuna is an island that is a household name among every Sri Lankan: Madol Duwa. Duwa, meaning island, Madol refers to the mangroves that are holding the island in its grasp. Madol Duwa became famous among the locals with the publishing of a young adult novel of the same name, which describes the adventures of two teenagers running away from home seeking refuge on the island. Akin to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin, the novel became so popular that it was made into a movie in the 1970s, and is now translated into English, and is a part of the local curriculum as well.

Visiting Madol Duwa should be among your list of things to do in Unawatuna, Galle, Hikkaduwa, or Koggala due to its unique beauty. The island can be reached only by a boat. Set off towards the island late in the evening and you will be greeted with beautiful views of the lake mirroring the blue skies above. The island has a clear route marked through the trees, that will lead you through it. There are a stone mortar and pestle in the middle of the shrubbery, a well that is falling apart, and if you look closely, you will be able to see the fallen roof of a cave that inspired the whole story. Walking through the island is not a tiring task, but be careful not to stray from the path for there could be vipers around. However, the island is rather small that if you keep walking in one direction for a steady 20 minutes, you would reach the other end. When you visit Madol Duwa, do not forget to climb to the mound at the west end of the island. If you are lucky, a lone fisherman would be out at the lake, and you will be able to capture a panoramic view of the lake and its lonely companion with a setting sun.

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Habaraduwa Turtle Hatchery – For the Love of Sea Turtles

If you are an avid wanderer in love with the ocean and looking for ‘things to do in Unawatuna‘, the famous beach destination down south of Sri Lanka, consider a visit to the Habaraduwa Turtle Hatchery. This not-for-profit organization has a single aim and that is to ensure the survival of sea turtles. Begun in 1986, the turtle hatchery has thus far been responsible for saving over 500,000 sea turtle babies and releasing them to the vast ocean.

The volunteers at the centre take turns to wander the beach on nights that female sea turtles make their way to the land area to lay eggs; once the mother swims back to sea, the rescuers take the eggs back to the hatchery where the eggs will incubate within the safety of its bounds, away from predators. When the hatchlings see the light of this world and are strong enough to make the trek towards their real home, rescuers bring them back to the beach and watch them begin the struggle to reach the rough seas; here they will face many more battles to become capable adults.

Many turtle enthusiasts who vacation in beach resort towns down south of Sri Lanka, like CoCo Bay Unawatuna, make it a point to visit the Habaraduwa Turtle Hatchery to see the baby turtles, eggs and injured adult turtles under care of the kind rescuers of the hatchery.

There are five types of turtles that call the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka their home. The angry looking Loggerhead Turtle and the Olive Ridley Turtle are just two of those. There are three more varieties, namely, Leatherback Turtle, Green Turtle and the famous Hawksbill Turtle. If you love sea turtles, don’t miss this chance to see some good hearted people at work trying to save the sea creatures that you love. If you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to accompany the rescuers to the ocean and watch the ‘little’uns’ make their way into the ocean and perhaps see for yourself the beginning of their precarious journey of life.

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Jungle beach Unawatuna, Sri Lanka – secluded tranquility

Unawatuna is no doubt one of the best beach stretches in Sri Lanka. The beach has long since drawn the attention of travelers far and wide, who come here to enjoy the soothing waters and absorb the tropical sun along clean and powdery beaches.

The Jungle Beach is a tiny bay area that is well hidden from the usual hubbub of the city. Visiting this little-isolated haven is definitely among the best things to do in Unawatuna. The entrance to the beach is through a rather narrow and steep path that will take you to a sign with the name of the beach on it, which is painted on a rock. The entrance to the beach itself can be a bit crowded as there are several sun loungers as well as eateries that serve out quick bites and chilled drinks to the beach-goers. However, this is any case is much less crowded than the actual main line of beach stretch in Unawatuna.

If you want a bit of seclusion all you have to do is to keep walking away from the sun beds and you will see that the bay region is almost devoid of any noise or vendors as well as a lot of people. The Peace Pagoda can also be seen from the beach. The waters of the Jungle beach are famous for being devoid of any strong currents or waves and the relatively shallow nature of the sea, makes it the ideal place for people to enjoy a quiet swim and sunbathing session. It is also a safe spot for beginners to brush up their confidence when it comes to swimming in the sea. No visit to Unawatuna can be finished within a day, and if you are travelling here there, is a host of accommodation options available thanks to the tourism boom such as CoCo Bay Unawatuna and numerous others, that cater to a large range of requirements and budgets.

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