It would appear that hotel owners here have no influence over the fact that the peace of tourists and locals alike is disturbed on Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm until 5am by a roof-top disco right on the beach which plays extremely loud techno music and another at the other end of the beach near the temple. Both discos appear to be in competition to see which can play the loudest music.
There are a number of quiet hotels based a couple of hundred metres further inland which are a better bet than the beachside ones, if your stay includes Friday and/or Saturday night.
Much of Unawatuna’s beach was washed away in the tsunami and what is left is steep and narrow so there is no actual beach to sit on in front of many of the hotels. It’s difficult to walk all the way along the beach because there are rocky outcrops in places and the sand is so soft that you sink into it at every footstep plus the steepness adds to the difficulty. It’s not a surfing beach and is probably not very safe for very small children.
There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, serving a variety of seafood, Sri Lankan cuisine and international fare.
The nearest ATM’s and pharmacy are in Galle about 15 mins away by tuk tuk . The going rate for a one-way trip to Galle in March 2013 was between 400 and 500 rupees. It’s cheaper by bus but not as convenient. There is one international ATM in Galle’s old fort and several in Main Street near the bus station in the newer part of Galle.