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Our Story

Kingfisher is a stylish hotel and restaurant , beautifully located on the golden, crescent - shaped beach of Unawatuna, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

The restaurant was begun by Dumind a Matarage in the late 1990s; part of the magic of this unique beach spot, is that it has remained a small, family run business. This adds to the laid back, friendly and atmospheric feel. The name was coined, as originally mangrove trees grew at the farend of the beach, close to the Buddhist temple, and these would attract kingfisher birds .

Sadly, Unawatuna witnessed widespread destruction following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. At this time, Duminda and his partner , Christina, worked together to re-build the restaurant from scratch.

Today, Kingfisher is the hottest, most sought after address in town. A few days stay in this beachside oasis will give you many joyful memories to take home and definitely make you nostalgic for another visit. Here's why:

  • - The rooms are beautifully designed to give you a boutique experience with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.
  • - You can enjoy delicious freshly caught seafood in the restaurant, as well as cooling, tropical cocktails at the bar.
  • - You are perfectly located to take refreshing sea swims in crystal clear waters, as well as long beach walks.
  • - If you fancy exploring the local area, you are conveniently placed to visit Sinharaja rainforest, to go whale watching in Mirissa, to explore the Galle Fort and the nearby spice and tea plantations.
  • - The staff are incredibly friendly and are on hand to give you a personalised service.

All of this equates to the most unforgettable beach holiday in a chilled and sociable setting, on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The Kingfisher team look forward to welcoming you to enjoy the best of Sri Lankan sun, sea and relaxation.