Tangalle, Sri Lanka
The Tangalle area:
In Tangalle you escape the tourists and discover the real
Sri Lanka, away from the tourist masses of the west coast, offering
you a unique experience of this beautiful country.
Even the journey here is breathtaking, Tangalle is about a
two-hour drive from Galle along the spectacular A2 coast road
- but takes longer if you stop to stare!
The diving is superb – but there are also plenty of other
activities we can arrange for you:
Snorkelling – hire the equipment from
us and we can arrange for local fishermen to take you out to
the best sites. TDC also hires out snorkelling gear ¬–
and we provide it free of charge to partners of divers whilst
Surfing – there are two good surf breaks
in the area, just ask us for directions
Fishing – beach casting or boat fishing
Boat trips – admire the beautiful coastline
accompanied by a local fisherman
Safaris to Yala or Bundala – complete
with experienced guide (click on About The Area to find out
more about these fantastic wildlife reserves)
Tangalle Bay is also the perfect place to
kick back and indulge in doing nothing as the waves gently lap
up to the sandy shore. But if you can rouse yourself from the
laid-back vibe of the beach, there’s plenty to see without
having to stray too far:
Less than an hour away...
Turtle watching at Rekawa: Recently named one
of the top eco-sites in the world because of the important turtle
conservation work taking place here. This stretch of beach is
one Sri Lanka’s most important turtle-nesting sites –
and some lucky visitors have watched as female turtles crawl
to shore to lay their eggs.
The Hummanaya Blow Hole: Off the general
tourist trail, but very popular with locals, the blow hole is
a spectacular natural fountain with water pushed through a submerged
cavern and pushed upwards – often as high as 25 metres.
Mulgirigala Rock Temple: Ancient steps lead
you through a series of natural caves with its stunning wall
paintings. Call in at the village of Mulgirigala on the way
and watch brassworkers create bells, oil lamps and maybe pick
up a souvenir.
Take a jungle river safari: As dusk falls,
you can travel down the river at nearby Ambalantota and watch
as playful monkeys follow your progress, surrounded by the mystery
of the surrounding jungle.
Less than two hours away...
Bundala National Park: An important wetland,
Bundala is home for many migratory birds as they seek shelter
from northern winters and you certainly should remember to take
a camera to capture the sights as flocks flamingos fly in to
join permanent residents such as storks, herons and egrets.
More than 150 species live here. But not all the wildlife is
feathered. Visitors spot elephants, crocodiles, jackals and
five species of turtle.
Ussangoda: The legendary evil king of Hindu
mythology, Ravana, is said to have landed here in his special
peacock chariot. Whether truth or legend, the area’s unique
landscape is worth a look and the red earth is barren, possibly
the result of meteor that struck centuries ago.
Yala National Park: Safaris leave from the
town of Tissa. The biggest and most popular of all of Sri Lanka’s
reserves, it is home to the world’s densest population
of leopards – and the best place in Sri Lanka to spot
them - as well as the sloth bear, elephants, crocodiles and