PALM TREE SWING AT DALAWELLA BEACH – SRI LANKA

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The Instafamous Palm Tree Rope Swing on Dalawella Beach, Sri Lanka has been on my bucket list for a while now and you can probably see why!

I couldn’t think of a better way to end the day than by swinging out into the sunset over the Indian Ocean on Dalawella Beach. This palm tree rope swing on Dalawella Beach went viral very quickly on Instagram and it now attracts travelers from all over the world to get that classic sunset shot on the palm tree swing!

 

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PALM TREE SWING ON DALAWELLA BEACH

Dalawella Beach is located on the south-west coastline of Sri Lanka, 130kms from Colombo.

The Palm Tree Rope Swing is located in front of Dream Cabana Homestay on Dalawella Beach, only 2kms drive from Unawatuna Beach if that is where you are staying.

The local family who owns this homestay on Dalawella Beach is very inviting and friendly so don’t be a stranger and take the time to say hello and get to know them.

They allow you to use the swing for a small fee of 500 rupees, 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 Dalawella Beach.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT THE DALAWELLA BEACH SWING

I visited the Dalawella Beach Swing at around 5 pm in the afternoon which is the best time to enjoy the sunset and get the best ‘instafamous’ shots!

Be sure not to leave Dalawella Beach immediately after the sun disappears over the horizon, wait another 15 minutes and watch the colors of the sky become even more intensified!

 

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Apart from the Dalawella Beach 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 Dalawella Beach and witness the locals ‘stilt fishing’ over the reef. This is an old traditional fishing method in Sri Lanka that 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 the hope they can catch their dinner. Human ingenuity at it’s finest!

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BEST PLACES TO STAY NEAR DALAWELLA BEACH

There are hundreds of homestays, private villas, and beach resorts to choose from near Dalawella Beach in a nearby town called Unawatuna, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the places to stay to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations near Dalawella Beach below that I personally recommend:

 

Luxury: Thaproban Pavilion Waves Unawatuna

The best 5-star resort near Dalawella Beach in Unawatuna! Thaproban Pavilion Waves offers beachfront accommodation, outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace, a bar, billiards table and dartboard. The rooms are modern and fitted with air-conditioning, flat-screen tv, equipped kitchen, seating area and private bathroom. American or Asian breakfast is included.

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Mid Range: La Villa

I personally stayed at La Villa and highly recommend this accommodation to anyone visiting Dalawella Beach and Unawatuna. The staff are very friendly and great cooks. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned, private ensuite and free wifi is available. The staff can help you organise snorkeling trips and other activities in Unawatuna. Perfect for couples and friends travelling on a budget.

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Budget: Green Gecko Hostel

The best and cheapest hostel near Dalawella Beach in Unawatuna! The Green Gecko Hostel has dorm rooms available with a shared bathroom. The property has free wifi and a buffet breakfast is included for guests. Perfect place to stay for solo travellers and friends.

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FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY NEAR DALAWELLA BEACH, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM

 

AIRBNB DALAWELLA BEACH

Another option for accommodation near Dalawella Beach is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!

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MORE SRI LANKA TRAVEL GUIDES

Sri Lank Travel Guide: 2 Week Sri Lanka Itinerary

Hikkaduwa Travel Guide: 7 Things To Do In Hikkaduwa

Unawatuna Travel Guide: 8 Things To Do In Unawatuna

Ella Travel Guide: Best Things To Do In Ella

Udawalawe Travel Guide: Udawalawe Safari Tour

 

LONELY PLANET – SRI LANKA

One of the best books to take on your trip is the Lonely Planet Sri Lanka Travel Guide!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR DALAWELLA BEACH

 

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Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables,  drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.

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Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.

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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

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Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

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Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF DALAWELLA BEACH

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about the Dalawella Beach Swing please drop me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Adventuring!

 

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Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With a burning passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched this Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

My little corner of the interwebs is a space where I love to share all of my epic adventures, cultural experiences, and captivating photos from around the globe with the ultimate goal to inspire and motivate other like-minded travelers to explore this wonderful earth too!

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10 Comments

    • daretotravel
      January 15, 2018 / 11:18 am

      thanks my man! Such an amazing spot!

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    • Jonny Melon
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  3. Selina
    July 2, 2018 / 1:08 am

    Hi! I heard they rope swing got cut down? Do you know anything about that or if it has been fixed?

    • Jonny Melon
      July 3, 2018 / 4:09 am

      Hello, I am not sure I was there 6 months ago.

  4. Jonny Melon
    July 3, 2018 / 4:10 am

    thanks, i appreciate it.

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