The Instafamous Palm Tree Rope Swing – Dalawella Beach – Sri Lanka has been on my bucket list for over a year now and you can probably see why!
I couldn’t think of a better way to end a day than by swinging out in to the sunset over the Indian Ocean. This spot went viral very quickly on Instagram and it now attracts travelers from all over the world (like myself :P) to get that classic sunset Instagram shot!
Where To Find The Palm Tree Rope Swing
The local family who owns this homestay are very inviting and friendly so don’t be a stranger and take the time to get to know them. They allow you to use the swing for a small fee of 500 rupees ($5), this helps them to maintain the upkeep of the rope swing. They also sell food and drinks, and can give you some local knowledge of other things to do in the area.
I visited the palm tree rope swing at 5pm in the afternoon which is the best time to enjoy the sunset and get the best ‘instafamous’ shots! Be sure not to leave immediately after the sun disappears over the horizon, wait another 15 minutes and watch the colours of the sky become even more intensified! A sunset a day keeps the doctor away 😉
Apart from the rope swing you can spot large turtles wading very close to shore and if you dare to look down when you’re mid air on the swing, you can spot the turtles from above!
You can also take a short walk down the beach and witness the locals ‘stilt fishing’ over the reef. This is an old traditional fishing method in Sri Lanka. This method requires much skill and balance. It allows the fisherman to sit a couple of meters above the water causing minimal shadows and little disturbance to the sea life, in hope they can catch their dinner. Human ingenuity at it’s finest!
If your trip in Sri Lanka is leading you north from Unawatuna Beach be sure to stop in at Hikkaduwa Beach for a few days!
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