This small village which is situated near the old mouth of the Walawe river, between Ambalantota & Hambantota. It is an important archeological site. This area was inhabited for 7000 yrs and in a dig, human remains dating back 3000 - 5000yrs have been found here. Godawaya was an important port town during the Kingdom of Ruhuna. Since 1994 excavations have been done here by the German archaeologists in joint venture with the Sri Lankan Department of Archaeology. The finds here have included human skeletons, Chinese pottery, Roman coins, beads, animal bones & stone stools. Buildings, that have been excavated, include a quarry, a custom house and a Monastery. In the waters near the town a 1st century shipwreck has also been found.