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Hidden away on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, far from the bustling cities, lies the island’s best beach paradise. Tangalle is a sleepy coastal town, situated between Matara and Hambantota. The region is home to stunning stretches of coastline, dotted with white sandy bays and quiet coves.
Tangalla was originally a small fishing village, with many locals still relying on fishing as their main source of income. Tourism hasn’t taken off here due to the remote location, although you’ll still find some of the country’s most luxurious resorts and villas, complete with divine infinity pools.
It’s the perfect place for a tranquil escape, and you’ll spend your days lounging on the white sand, surfing the waves of the warm Indian ocean or diving the stunning coral reef which lines the coastline.
Be sure to include Goyambokka Beach in your beach hopping itinerary. The spacious sandy coves are lined with palm trees and the calm turquoise waters are perfect for swimming. Other popular spots for swimming, snorkelling and surfing include the beach zones of Medaketiya and Marakolliya.
There are opportunities for whale watching and the perfect place to witness turtles nesting on the beach. The area is an important nesting site, with Rekawa Beach being one of the best places to see Green, Hawksbill Loggerhead, Leatherback and Olive Ridley turtles making the journey ashore to lay their eggs.
Aside from the beautiful beaches and fascinating wildlife, there are plenty of cultural sites to see in Tangalle. Explore the mysterious rock temples at Mulkirigala, a sacred Buddhist monastery with caves decorated with ancient old murals and statues. Visit the Hoo-maniya blowhole, the second largest in the world, reaching up to 30 metres in height. Gaze upon the shrines of Wewurukannala and the magnificent giant Buddha statue.
In the evening, play a game of beach ball, take a stroll along the beach or simply sit back and enjoy the breathtaking sunset.
Blissfully peaceful, Tangalle is a hidden gem, and one of those places you’ll be glad you visited before it explodes with mass tourism.
The beaches are best from November to March, with warm weather and calm waters. The hottest time of year is from April to October. This is the quietest time of year with fewer tourists, although the ocean will be too rough for swimming.The monsoon season brings rain in May and June, and again in October and early November.
April to September is the best time for turtle watching, with a range of species coming ashore to lay their eggs during these months. The Hoo-maniya blowhole is also at its most impressive from May to November. If you’re visiting in late November or early December, you’ll witness a celebration at the Wewurukannala Buddha statue, with a procession of dancers and elephants held to celebrate the anniversary of its founding.
A three day escape to Tangalle is the highlight of A Luxury Tour in Sri Lanka. You’ll welcome the stop in this stunning location, with it’s peaceful beaches and relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling, surfing or simply lounge in your luxury resort. Go whale watching, turtle watching or visit the fascinating cultural sites around the town. Whatever you choose, you’ll be sure to feel fully revitalised after your stop in Tangalle.
Amanwella is a luxury beach retreat, with 30 elegant suites set into the hillside of Tangalle, offering peace and privacy. The hotel is comprised of gorgeous courtyards, sun terraces and waterways, all designed by renowned architect Kerry Hill.
Nestled in a coconut grove with slopes that head all the way down to the turquoise waters below, you can look out at the spectacular view from the hotel’s infinity pool or one of the many gorgeous reflecting pools.