Tintagel is a great space done well. We highly recommend it for dessert and maybe bring your own wine, but the dinner we had was unexceptional for the price.

Uga Bay is one of Passikudah's hotel giants, located on a vast property spanning a significant breadth of the town's broad and beautiful beach. It's a five star, so you can expect good food, comfy beds and searing hot showers.

Carmello serves up local and somewhat artificial ice cream and gelato. It's a tiny shop opposite Havelock City.

On the side of Baseline Road in Narahenpita there's a wall mural depicting hell/the underworld and all the terrible torments that await (beheadings, eye pokings, punching in the stomach). If you're stopped in traffic it's kinda amazing.

The Piero House in Thalpe truly is an artists residence. It's a magical space, creatively decorated and an ideal retreat for writers, artists, or general creatives. It's bikable distance to good restaurants in Thalpe and swimmable beach and you get a huge space for around Rs. 9,000 (double).

A first class fine dining experience. Perfect for when you want to pull out all the stops and celebrate. Primarily a steakhouse.

Small shops usually gain popularity for selling the same factory extras as the bigger stores, but at much lesser prices. The trick is to find a store that matches your taste in clothes. Mood, a new clothing store on Thimbirigasyaya Road, checked the tick box in both cases.

The Old Town Hall is a quirky and largely neglected museum. It's really interesting to see the life size dummies of the 1906 town council, but you need to go with patience and an open mind.

Kingfisher remains a culinary hotspot in Unawatuna, though it's not the hidden gem it used to be. It's now an extremely popular beachside restaurant serving up reliably good fare.

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