Galle, thought to be the Ophir or Tarshish mentioned in King Solomons texts, a famous harbour of the ancient silk route. All this, a mere stone’s throw away from the world famous Unwatuna beach and is approximately one hour from Colombo on the E 01, or 03 hour journey from the scenic but crowded coastal railway line, replete with lovely palm fringed bay beaches along the way.
This 4km sweep of palm-fringed sandy beach - said by some to rank amongst the twelve best beaches in the world. Attractions include sheltered waters for swimming, and an accessible, reasonably well-preserved coral reef for snorkeling. For scuba divers, there are several wreck dives only 20-30 minutes away from the beach by boat.
The Thambapanni retreat is located close to the famous beach of Unawatuna, close to some of the most impressive beach attractions and “reggae nights” on the island. Thambapanni retreat in Unawatuna presents a fascinating insight into the traditions of rural Sri Lanka, where the sound of ritual Buddhist chanting is carried on by the sea breeze from the temple on top of the headland, take a stroll down to the UNESCO World heritage, the Dutch fort ramparts at dawn or dusk and savour the Dutch Colonial heritage of Sri Lanka and its influences.