It has been a few months since we visited any Southern beach. So we decided to do a weekend trip to one of our all time favorite places, Unawatuna and Galle. I know some might say these places are highly over rated and too touristy. Yes, both places attract a lot of visitors because Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Unawatuna is a beach that everyone can enjoy since the waters are shallow. We have so many found memories here so we keep going back. First day we spent time in Galle, walking around inside the Galle Fort and on the second we decided to explore and try to find a place we haven’t been to.
Our good friend Suba had recently come across a Youtube Video where it spoke of a series of natural ponds around Talpe area. However, they have not given details of the exact location in the video because they did not want people to go and spoil it by throwing all sorts of garbage in those ponds. The only clue they had shared was a picture of two trees near this beach stretch. Suba’s wife was not all that convinced we would find this place with just a picture of two trees. But all of us piled into the car and was shown this photo graph of the trees and was asked to try and spot the place. And we did!
We are not going to give away too many clues either but it is by the side of the Galle Road in Talpe.
When we went only two more people were there. At first it does not seem all that attractive because there a big reef. When you get a bit closer then you see this series of ponds. Almost all ponds were perfect rectangular shaped. And boy was it superb! Kids loved it, they could just pick their own private fresh water pool and what’s more, you don’t have to worry about getting washed off to the sea because the reef makes it safe. But I think this is true only during the season where the tide is not high which is normally from November to February. Oh the life inside those ponds is amazing. Lots of beautiful fish. The reef and the sea weed make a great stay for the underwater life.
It was not all good though. Unfortunately a certain segment of our countrymen do not know how to enjoy the beach without leaving all plastics and other garbage behind. So you do come across a few bottles and bags that are left behind by these inconsiderate people. We wish people will learn to take back whatever they bring with them and leave the place clean.
All in all it was an absolutely wonderful find and we returned for a swim the next day morning too.
Here are a few photos of the place. If you like to visit the place do write to us and we would be happy to share details as long you can promise not to spoil the beach with plastics and other garbadge.