Rocky beach and palm trees in Tangalle

Tangalle Tours and Travels

About Tangalle

Tangalle is a small town with long sandy beaches located on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The name of the town means ‘projected rocks’ in Sinhalese, a reference to the rocky coastline that characterises the area around town, a stark contrast to neighbouring beaches. With pristine sandy beaches, peppered with rugged stones, fringed with swaying palms and lapped by turquoise water, Tangalle is a fresh paradise for those seeking to escape the bustle of the cities and to relax in the sunshine as they listen to the sound of the gentle swell.

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Tangalle is known for its tranquillity and deserted beaches and is great for swimming, snorkelling and surfing, making it perfect for a lazy beach holiday. The small town centre straddles a freshwater lagoon where a small river flows into the sea with a fishing harbour at its mouth. Tangalle is an important fishing port with busy markets at its heart. It contains many Dutch remnants including the Old Dutch Fort, which is now a prison. The town’s Rest House is the oldest rest house in Sri Lanka, built in 1774.

Tangalle is also the starting point for visits to the rock temples of Mulkirigala. The monastery dates back to the 2nd Century BC and 533 steps lead visitors up to the summit. Along the way you will find the dwellings of the Buddhist priests, cave temples, courtyards and shrines. If nature appeals to you more than history then you're in luck. Tangalle sees hundreds upon hundreds of various species of sea turtle lay their eggs during the months of April through to September.

Tangalle Hotels

If you are planning a Tangalle holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Talalla Retreat Tangalle

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A jungle paradise, the Talalla Retreat is a boutique hotel, offering barefoot rustic charm on the Southern Beaches of Sri Lanka. Guest rooms are a unique affair with some rooms having just a mosquito net between you and the sea breeze. There are also beautiful open-sky bathrooms so you can wash under the stars. Meals are served in the onsite restaurant and offer a delicious array of western and Sri Lanka choices. The accommodation is conveniently located on the sparkling shores of southern Sri Lanka near Gandara.

Tangalle Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Tangalle.

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