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Galle | Unawatuna


It is a suburb of Galle, about 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) southeast to the city center and approximately 108 kilometers (67 mi) south of Colombo's Bandaranayaka International Airport in Katunayaka. Unawatuna is situated at an elevation of 5 meters (16 ft.) above the sea level. According to the Ramayana legend the Rumassala Mountain is a piece of Himalaya in India. In the epic, the monkey-warrior Hanuman was sent back to India to fetch the four medicinal herbs from the Himalayas in order to heal prince Lakshman. Hanuman failed to identify these herbs, so he lifted the entire mountain and carried it to the battlefield to try to save Lakshman, but in the process, a chunk of it "fell-down" in the location of the present day Unawatuna, the name of the village derives from "Una-watuna" meaning "fell down".


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