Unawatuna, back in the day.
Colombo slowly but surely spreads south. First people flocked to Hikkaduwa, making it uncool. Now Unawatuna is effectively a suburb. Next it will be Mirissa, and the meh will spread on to Hambantota before it turns around and starts affecting Kalpitiya, then round Yala to Arugam Bay.
When I first visited Hikkaduwa I was like ‘what is this awesomeness’, but over time more and more people went there. It got so that on holidays everything was booked, more expensive, and walking down the street was like walking into White Horse. So I don’t really go to Hikkaduwa anymore. Not that the gentrification is necessary bad, it’s just bad for me. Instead, I used to go down to Unawatuna which had greater beaches and a greater sensation of being out of Colombo. Lately (especially with the Southern Expressway making it one hour from Battaramulla) Una has gone Hikka way. Packed and pedestrian.
So this year I’m heading down towards Matara, which should be sufficiently enough away. For now.
BTW, Happy New Year. Please be safe to enjoy the whole thing!