Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Welcome to Coco Bay - The Pearl of Unawatuna
Greeted by the sparkling blue waters of the Indian Ocean, your relaxation begins as soon as you arrive at the Coco Bay Unawatuna.

This Boutique resort in south Sri Lanka ensures a matchless Experience with its obliging concierge and a breath taking view of the ocean with its own semi-private beach and spectacular location to make your holiday in Sri Lanka a dream come true.

We look forward to seeing you at our own little corner of paradise in Unawatuna, with our Coco Bay signature welcome drink; a delicious combination of pineapple, lime, ginger and mint aroma completed with a sweet flavor of honey providing the ultimate refreshing experience.

Explore the Resort

Unawatuna is a picturesque fishing village close to Galle and a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka, famous for its stunning coastline and corals. It is a suburb of Galle, about 3 kilometres southeast to the city center and approximately 108 kilometres south of Colombo.
Located on the quieter side of the famed Unawatuna beach away from the hustle & bustle of the main tourist strip, the Coco Bay offers you a quiet and serene atmosphere with catamarans dotting the early morning sea, monkeys on trees and crabs on the beach to keep you company. It is in close proximity to some of the most amazing sightseeing locations in Sri Lanka.

The stunning Coco Bay provides a magnificent view of the Galle fort overlooking the swaying palm trees and stunning sunsets. It is also located a few minutes away from the amazing Galle fort, a Unesco World Heritage site with its vibrant shops, bars and restaurants for a quick stroll down these exciting cobble stoned streets.

Coco Bay offers guests an experience that is intimate and personalized while providing the highest level of service. Each room is uniquely designed with an amazing sea view from several angles even while enjoying a bath in the Jacuzzi. The spacious balconies are ideal for sipping your evening cocktails while watching the magical sun sets, furnished with comfortable day beds and other designer furniture. Certain elements characterize them all — a beautiful natural location, outstanding facilities, exceptional service and a small number of rooms to ensure exclusivity and privacy at an affordable price
Step into your new home for the next few blissful days. Each of the 16 Rooms at Coco Bay has been crafted purely with comfort, relaxation and elegance in mind. Taking the classic materials of nature, blending them with open-air living, intended to make the most of the Unawatuna sunlight and tranquil views along with facilities including a Jacuzzi in the bathroom and a private balcony with a view of the Ocean.

The Resort in Proud & Privileged to have been honored with the following awards by Trip advisor.

Cocobay Unawatuna
             
  

2014 - Travellers Choice
            Certificate of Excellence


2015 –  Travellers Choice
             Certificate of Excellence


2016 – Travellers Choice
             Certificate of Excellence


“La Mer” beach restaurant

2015 - Certificate of Excellence
2016 - Certificate of Excellence



The above Certificates are awarded by Trip advisor is less than 1% of the hotels worldwide and it based on the review and opinion of the global travel community.


Sunday, March 6, 2016



Galle is the best place to spend your holiday

The capital of the southern province is a city with a colourful history. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. 300 year old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings not invaded by the skyscrapers. The beautiful beach of Unawatuna is just 6km south east of the city center.

The southern coastal belt is the most popular among the tourists and comes to life mainly from October through April when the monsoon moves northeast and the sea becomes calm with blue skies. The earliest European administrative centre of Sri Lanka was the major port and the largest city until the British shifted the port to Colombo. The City of Galle had been the European administrative centre over 4 centuries

Dutch Fort

Portuguese built the first fort to withstand attack from the Sri Lankan kingdoms to the north. Dutch who captured the coastal cities from the Portuguese improved the defence system of the fort, widening the moat on the landside, improving the ramparts and the bastions. British who captured the city did not make many changes as they shifted the part to the northern town of Colombo and therefore the atmosphere of Dutch days are preserved to date. The Dutch entrance to the fort with it VOC with 1669 carved in the inner archway is still in use. Still there are many old Dutch buildings intact and, but unfortunately except for those in the private hands. The ramparts and the bastions still bring to life the old world.
 

The hotel Cocobay can view the beauty of Galle Fort on a beautiful angel. That is on of the superior advantage a guess can experience by visiting Cocobay.

KOGGALA

Koggala has one of the longest beaches in Sri Lanka, and is located in close proximity to the popular tourist resort of Unawatuna, Koggala in comparison is relatively uncluttered as a tourist destination and mostly unexplored. It is the birthplace of noted Sri Lankan author Martin Wickramasinghe and there is a museum, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum, dedicated to his arts and popular traditions in the town.



Approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of Koggala is the Kataluva Purvarama Maha Viharaya temple, which was originally built in the 13th century and has some late 19th century additions. The temple is renowned for its Kandyan-style paintings in the main shrine, dating from the late 19th century. The paintings of musicians, dancers and European figures illustrates an interesting piece of social history. Some of the Jatake tales (episodes from the Buddha's series of 550 previous lives) are painted here, and purportedly are 200 years old. There are also some cameo-style paintings of Queen Victoria and the Queen Mother, done in gratitude of Queen Victoria's role in ensuring the free practice of Buddhism outlined in the Kandyan capitulation of Lanka in 1815. Take a boat trip in the lagoon and Kogggala Lake to see many of its small islands, which is a popular destination for bird watching.

Ahangama / Midigama
Home to a unique type of fishing technique. Silt fishing is a popular fishing method in the area and very beautiful scenery to watch especially during sunset. Ahangama is also a popular surfing location and relatively less crowded than the surfing location to the north.



Hotal Cocobay Unawatuna has a beautiful beach which is more suitable for surfing.

Sri Lankas Most Popular Beach – Unawatuna


Unawatuna is a coastal town in Galle district of Sri Lanka. Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful beach and corals. It is a lovely banana-shaped beach of golden sand and turquoise water, surrounded with green palm trees! The beach is popular with tourists, and part of the beach is occupied with sun beds for rent. Behind the beach, in between palm trees, is Unawatuna center. It is basically one street full of small nice restaurants and shops selling souvenirs, clothes, water, jewelry and so on. Unawatuna beach can be reach very easily from Hotel Cocobay Unawatuna.

Attractions
  • Unawatuna Beach and coral reefs
  • Japanese Peace Pagoda
  • Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya Buddhist Temple
  • Turtle hatcheries (Habaraduwa)


Beach Rating
Sand - Very soft sand, lovely.
Tranquility -  busy with sellers and tourists.
Water - Nice water temperature.
Swimming - Nice for swimming, not too big waves.

If you prefer to visit Galle you can start  your holiday from cocobay resort.we can fulfil your thirsty. For the maximum utility and enjoyment of guesses we have following activities and events.

Surfing

Diving

Cycling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luP5H3svG-0

Elephant ride

Snorkeling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5464a8w7vg

Swimming pool, kiddies pool


GOLF AT THE AIR FORCE GOLF COURSE-
9 HOLES- LOCATED 5 KM FROM THE RESORT.

PACKAGES CAN BE ARRANGED.

World's Largest Blue Whale
VISIT THE WORLDS LARGEST BLUE WHALES COLONY 

National Maritime Museum (Galle)



The National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka is situated within Galle Fort. It was first opened to the public on 9 May 1992 and is located in a 1671 Dutch Warehouse above the Old Gate of Galle Fort.The Maritime Museum in Galle showcases a collection of boat models, maps, artillery and things found from ship-wrecks, some almost a century old and was severely affected by the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka - but since 2010 has bounced back with aid from the Netherlands, and is pretty well maintained and informative. Under Sri Lanka – Netherlands Cultural Co-operation P
rogram, the Royal Government of Netherlands provided financial assistance for reconstruction of the Maritime Museum. After 3 years period of reconstruction, the Maritime Museum was re-opened to the public.You get a lot of Chinese ceramic retrieved from ships, and some interesting relics and depictions of real people. It's worth the tour if you like models of ships and are fascinated by objects preserved over centuries.




Thursday, December 31, 2015

A MERRY X'MAS PARTY AT COCO BAY UNAWATUNA




Santa Came by boat dancer Gang and gave gifts to all. Lovely Beach Party all the guests lit and send them sky lantern with their wishers.










Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The beauty of Galle - Dutch Fort




Galle fort, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onward. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.

The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population.The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.


Galle Fort is in Galle, which is located at the extreme southwest corner of the island, in the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, where the shoreline turns east towards Matara and Tangalle. The fort, like most of the forts in Sri Lanka, is built on a small rocky peninsula, belonging to the sea as much as to the land. As it exists today, it covers an area of 52 hectares (130 acres).There are many tourist attractions are situated in Galle

Galle Fort


Galle Beach


Galle harbor


Church in Galle fort


A mosque in Galle fort


Light house


Rumassala - Jungle Beach


Unawatuna


Madowl doouwa
Highway A2 provides road links to Galle from Colombo (a distance of 113 kilometres (70 mi)) and the rest of the country along the west coast or from the east along the south coast. Since 2012 an expressway has linked Galle to Colombo. Rail links are also available to Colombo and Matara. Sea route is through the Galle Port at the Galle Harbour.

The view from the ramparts



Leyn Baan Street leads down to the seafront ramparts, where you’ll find the florid Meeran Jumma Mosque, at the heart of Galle’s Muslim quarter, and the town’s picturesque old lighthouse. From here, you can walk all the way around the town’s well-preserved old stone and coral ramparts, which offer breezy sea views on one side and picturesque panoramas of the red-tiled rooftops of Galle Fort on the other. It’s particularly popular towards dusk, when half the town seems to come here to admire the spectacular sunsets, play games of cricket, or smooch under umbrellas.





Some of the important heritage monuments in the fort are the Dutch Reformed Church, with its
historic belfry dated 1707 and cast in 1709, which rang every hour the old Dutch government house; the residence of the Commander; Great Warehouse near the Old Gate, built around 1669 to store spices and ship equipment (which now houses the National Maritime Museum); the Old Dutch Hospital; the Meera Mosque built in 1904; the Buddhist temple built at the site of Portuguese Roman Catholic church; the All Saints Anglican Church built in 1871; the 1882 Clock Tower and the 1939 Galle Lighthouse.


Groote Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church)

The Groote Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church) was built in 1640. However, it was remodeled between 1752 and 1755. The church is paved with grave stones from the old Dutch cemetery. There is an old organ of 1760 vintage in the church where services are held and a pulpit made of calamander wood from Malaysia is used.

Most of the street names are a legacy from the colonial period, including Pedlar Street or ‘Moorse Kramerstraat’, the Moorish pedlar (or peddler) street, named after the Muslim moors who were retailers along with chettis; Lighthouse Street or ‘Zeeburgstraat’ or ‘Middelpuntstraat’ named after the lighthouse which was destroyed in a fire in 1936; Hospital Street, the location of the Dutch Hospital, the house of the Surgeon and the Medical Garden; Leyn Baan Street or ‘Leyenbahnstraat’, the Old Rope-Walk Street, where coir rope was made; Church Street, named after a church which was demolished in the 7th century and also the location of the Dutch Reformed Church and All Saints Church; Parawa Street, named after the Parawa migrants from South India who were fishermen and traders; and Chando Street named after the toddy tappers and Dutch Burghers who owned coconut gardens and small ark distilleries.


The breadfruit tree was introduced in Galle first by the Dutch; reputedly the oldest breadfruit tree in Sri Lanka can be found at Akersloot Bastion in Galle Fort.It is believed that the Dutch introduced breadfruit which is of ‘heaty’ nature hoping that would either kill them or make them sick. However, the Sri Lankans found a neutralizer to this in the coconut tree. They mixed breadfruit with coconut and evolved a delicacy, which became popular, as it was found tasty and nourishing. This tree is now grown across Sri Lanka.



The fort area is occupied by mostly artists, writers, photographers, designers and poets of foreign origin and is now a mixed bag of boutiques, hotels and restaurants.

Galle Lighthouse



Galle Lighthouse (also known as Pointe de Galle Light) is an onshore Lighthouse in Galle, Sri Lanka and is operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

This is Sri Lanka's oldest light station dating back to 1848 but the original 24.5 meters (80 ft) high lighthouse built by the Britishwas located about 100 metres (330 ft) from the current site, however it was destroyed by fire in 1934.The existing 26.5 meters (87 ft) high light house was erected here in 1939.The original light was furnished with a glass prism lens floating in a bath of mercury (to reduce friction) and was powered by a weight driven machine.

The light station is within the walls of the ancient Galle Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site and well known tourist attraction.The lighthouse is strategically located at the southern end of the promontory, built approximately 6 metres (20 ft) above the road level on the ramparts, at what is known as the Point Utrecht Bastion, giving it full view of any ships entering Galle Harbour.