Unawatuna, situated 3 km east of Galle, is well known as one of Sri Lanka’s loveliest beaches, particularly among private travellers who prefer guesthouse accommodation. The sandy beach is clean and protected by promontories and a reef.
The dark granite promontory with a white dagoba on top of it is the landmark of the picturesque beach. This hill called marks the back of a rocky shore between Galle harbour and Unawatuna. The hill with the Japanese Peace Dagoba at the western slope of this rocky shore and sometimes this entire area between the two white dagobas overlooking the bays of Galle and Unawatuna is called Rumassalla.
Rumassala is a holy place for Hindus, too, as it is associated with a famous episode of the Indian Ramayana Epic. Unawatuna’s Rumassala rock is one of Sri Lanka’s five spots believed to originate from parts of the mythical Himalaya mountain Dronagiri. They fell down when Hanuman carried Mount Dronagiri on his flight back to Lanka. The monkey lord did so to rescue Lakhshmana and Rama, who were in need of a miraculous medical plant called Sanjiwani, in order to be reanimated after suffering severe injuries in the Battle of Lanka. The Sanjiwani herbs needed could only be found in this part of the Himalaya, but Hanuman had not enough time to look for them and did not even remember names of some herbs, so he decided to take the entire mountain to Sri Lanka. After curing Lakhshmana and Rama, he brought back Mount Dronagiri to the Himalayas, with the exception of those parts he lost in Sri Lanka, Rumassala near Unawatuna being one of them. Rumassala rock is also said to be one of the abodes of Sita during her stay on Lanka.
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