Hidden away on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, far from the bustling cities, lies the sleepy coastal town of Tangalle. The region is home to stunning stretches of coastline, dotted with white sandy bays and quiet coves, perfect for a Sri Lanka beach holiday. 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. It is the perfect place for a tranquil escape, and you’ll spend your days lounging on the white sand or diving amidst stunning coral reefs.
Visit Goyambokka Beach during a summer Sri Lanka itinerary. Its spacious sandy coves are lined with palm trees, and the calm turquoise waters are perfect for swimming. Other popular Sri Lankan beaches in Tangalle include Medaketiya and Marakolliya. There are opportunities for whale watching and witnessing turtles nesting on picturesque beaches. Rekawa Beach is 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 murals and statues. Gaze upon the shrines of Wewurukannala and the magnificent giant Buddha statue. Blissfully peaceful, Tangalle is a hidden gem, making a unique a blissful part to any holiday in Sri Lanka.