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.
The 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 swing!
I have put together this complete guide of the Dalawella swing including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS DALAWELLA BEACH?
Dalawella Beach is located on the southwest coastline of Sri Lanka, 130kms from Colombo.
HOW MUCH IT COSTS
The local family who owns this homestay 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 the area.
Swinging into the sunset
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
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 immediately after the sun disappears over the horizon, wait another 15 minutes and watch the colors of the sky become even more intensified.
Crazy colors at sunset
WHAT TO EXPECT
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 the 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 its finest!
The palm tree rope swing
Unreal scenes down in Dalawella
WHERE TO STAY
There are hundreds of homestays, private villas, and beach resorts to choose from near Dalawella 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 below that I personally recommend:
The best 5-star resort in Unawatuna! Thaproban Pavilion Waves offers beachfront accommodation, an 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.
Mid Range: La Villa
I personally stayed at La Villa and highly recommend this accommodation to anyone visiting 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 organize snorkeling trips and other activities in Unawatuna. Perfect for couples and friends traveling on a budget.
Budget: Green Gecko Hostel
The best and cheapest hostel 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 travelers and friends.
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Another option for accommodation in Dalawella is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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