Lazy day at Unawatuna Beach. Emailed our surfing friend Karl reporting no surfable waves on this beach as he is coming to Sri Lanka next year. Walked along the beach after another yummy breakfast. Took some pics along the beach and now plan to borrow a book from their library and veg out for the rest of the day with the sand between my toes. The Villa Hotel has a palm roofed pavilion on the sand in front of the hotel which is an ideal spot for an aging retired Baby Boomer!
While walking on the beach this morning we saw many bars, and accommodation from the upmarket Unawatuna Beach Resort (US $150 a night plus) to the old Blue Sea Song Rooms. There is a price to suit everyone and we have to say it has its own unique feel. Knowing the devastation the Tsunami did to these friendly and resilient people we are glad to be spending our money here. Hopefully the fine white sand will return one day and once again it will be one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. There are several memorials outside hotels telling the story of how staff died saving others. To put it all in perspective 35,000 Sri Lankans lost their lives that fateful day all along a fairly small stretch of coastline.
The most interesting thing we have been told is that in Yala National Park nearby no animals were killed. It reinforces the long held belief that animals have other senses that we are unaware of. It must have been these that allowed them the time to seek shelter on higher ground that was not afforded us mere mortals.
The Chinese tourists are following us everywhere! Last night a group of 8 arrived at our Hotel. There is now only one vacant room.