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Few Great Ways to Enjoy Tangalle – Experience the Deep South

Heard all about Hikkaduwa and Bentota? Well, forget about these popular haunts and savour the exotic deep south of Sri Lanka. Tangalle has many lures and attractions that are well worth exploring.


Relax in Style

Tangalle has sleepy little coves, a secluded coast that is not crowded, skies that are expansive, water with a particular shimmering blue and surf that is just too good to resist. Sitting on a rocky outcrop is Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, just one of the resorts in Tangalle that can offer you total relaxation. Choosing a beachfront resort is a fabulous way to enjoy the sandy shores and warm waters of the Indian Ocean. You are far from the crowds of popular resorts on the southern belt, besides, the sleepy village is marvellous to explore, locals are simple friendly folk while the food tastes absolutely delicious.


Plan a Cruise Across the Mangrove Forests

Long lazy days stretch ahead of you in Tangalle, booking one of the fabulous river cruises is highly recommended for enjoying the lush surroundings. The lagoon areas are home to a number of mangrove forests that treat the nature lover out on a river safari. Take along the binoculars for views of monkeys in the trees, white storks wading through the muddy banks, monitor lizards skulking around the shores and cranes on a foodie trail. Planning a river safari that ends close to dusk is a real treat, as you can witness hundreds of fruit bats descending on the surrounding trees. The tours are generally ended with meals at one of the charming restaurants located along the beach – delicious Sri Lanka rice and curry are a must try. In addition to the river safaris, kayak tours too are available for the adventurous tourist.


Enjoy the Local Fare

Elaborating more on cuisine, one must not miss out on the fabulous fare available in Tangalle. Tuck into deliciously exotic and spicy rice and curries, made to traditional recipes. Enjoy crispy hoppers made from fermented rice flour batter and look forward to popular night food such as kottu, roti and chapattis diced and mixed with a marvellous concoction of savouries. Do try a glass of toddy, a fermented alcoholic drink made by tapping the sap of coconut palms while desserts consist of thick curd made out of creamy buffalo milk, its eaten in combination with a sweet treacle made from the 'kitul' palm.


Explore the Fishing Harbour

Tangalle harbour during the colonial era of the island was a prominent port for the Dutch and British; today, the place is a bustling fishing harbour which by the way, is the first man-made harbour on the island. Pay the place a visit in the wee hours of dawn and you will be treated to sights of fishing boats and trawlers reeling in swollen nets, full of the best the Indian Ocean has to offer.


Plan to Do Nothing

Look forward to long lazy days on the beach; you will not be bothered by hordes of tourists or touts trying to sell stuff. Find your personal space on Tangalle Beach, flop down on your beach towel and relax, as the warm sun warms your heart and soul.


Visit the Old Dutch Fort

The Dutch Fort is located in the city of Galle; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most iconic of all attractions. There are plenty of things to do in Galle, Sri Lanka, home to a natural harbour, loads of historical sites and an international cricket stadium. Best of all Galle is less than two hours from Tangalle and a great place to spend a day at.