Tangalle, calm and secluded is the perfect spot for a relaxed beach vacation.
Tangalle boasts beautiful seaside vistas, mangroves and coves while offering you a look into authentic island living. With mild weather, fishing boats wading out into sea, and fisherman heaving in their nets full of the day's catch – Tangalle is picture-perfect scenery. A holiday in Tangalle will be very laid back - just you and the warm Indian Ocean with white frothy waves crashing on the golden sandy beach.
Turtle Watching - Rewaka
The Rekawa beach is the nesting ground for 5 species of turtles, namely the green turtle, the loggerhead turtle, hawksbill turtle, olive ridley turtle and leatherback turtle. You can watch the turtles arrive at the beach and reach their nesting site where they will lay their eggs and return to sea. You can also witness the eggs hatching and the baby turtles making their journey into the ocean. The best season for turtle watching is from April to July, where you can spot turtles every night. However, patience is the key here.
The sparkling turquoise waters beckon you for a swim as the sun warms the white sands of the little coves. Being on Goyambokka beach will make you feel like you are on your own private island, as the beach is not crowded and you can have it all to yourself. Lie down on the sand with a good book and sip on some fresh coconut water or wade into the calm waters of the beach.
Mulkirigala Rock Temple
If you want to experience something away from the beach the Mulkirigala Rock Temple is a must-visit. Nestled away in a coconut grove is the ancient Rock Temple, perched atop a 205m natural rock. There are 7 caves in which reside the 7 ‘viharas’ which are located on five different terraced levels, they house large reclining Buddha statues as well as Buddha statues in the seated and standing positions, while intricate wall paintings adorn the walls. Said to be built in the 3rd century the temple is recognized as an archaeological site and 206m climb from the base is a small dagoba which offers a stunning view of the surroundings.
Tangalle has many water sports activities such as surfing and diving. However, kayaking through the Tangalle lagoon is a fulfilling experience, allowing you to explore the exotic wildlife residing in the mangroves. Since kayaking is pretty much a solo activity, you can get a relaxed, intimate experience with the lagoon while taking in the tropical beauty, and witnessing exotic birds and fish.
As Tangalle is quite close to most wildlife reserves in the country, such as Yala National Park, Bundala National Park and Udawalawe National Park. So you can break away from the beach and experience some wildlife!
Tangalle, a fishing village in the past is famous for its scintillating sea food whilst another must have form of dessert which identifies with Tangalle is Curd and Treacle.