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Top 5 Things to do in Tangalle - Mesmerizing Delights in an Idyllic Coastal Town

Tangalle is a highly popular destination among tourists who desire to enjoy the full glory of a stunning beach vacation while avoiding large, intrusive crowds. Located in the Hambantota District, well away from Colombo, this town provides an oasis of bliss to everyone who visits. Following is a list of the top 5 things that you can do in Tangalle to enjoy a memorable vacation.


Get pampered

There are many luxury hotels in Tangalle that cater to the needs of the discerning travellers who visit it from all over the world. Tangalle has always been a popular seaside destination and so finding a hotel that provides a full range of facilities to enjoy a truly remarkable beach vacation, is not very difficult. You can do search online for great hotels that will give you ease of accessing the major attractions in the region. Places such as Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort are rapidly growing in popularity.


Sample the seafood

Tangalle is famous for the juicy, spicy and wholesome goodness of Sri Lankan seafood dishes so don't forget to season your vacation with the land's exquisite flavours! There are many popular restaurants in the town that serve a delectable array of seafood, so travel around and enjoy a good dose of tantalizing tastes! Step out of your comfort zone and sample some of the more traditional dishes like Sri Lankan prawn curries and crab curries and discover the full glory of this little island's cuisine.


Visit the Mulkirigala Raja Maha Vihara

This ancient temple which is located approximately 18 kilometres from Tangalle, is one that has been recognized as an archaeological site in Sri Lanka. Many call this temple 'Punchi Seegiriya' which means Little Sigiriya as it is built upon a colossal rock. Magnificent paintings and sculptures that showcase details of the life of Gautama Buddha can be found within its beautiful caves and the image house. This picturesque place is one of the few sites of historical and religious significance in the region that is well worth a visit when travelling in Tangalle.


Visit the national parks

A visitor to Tangalle will be treated to a kaleidoscope of richly rewarding experiences and one of the highlights of a tour would be an exciting wildlife safari. You will be able to visit the famous national parks in the island with ease from the town of Tangalle.

Yala National Park, which has one of the highest leopard densities in the world, is located approximately one hour and 30 minutes away the town. It is the most popular national park in the world where 215 species of birds and 44 species of mammals are found.

Udawalawe National Park which is renowned for its massive herd of elephants is also located only an hour away from Tangalle while Bundala National Park which is recognized globally as an important wintering ground for migratory birds can also be easily accessed from the town.


Turtle watching

Witness the pure beauty of turtles at the stunning Rekawa and Kahandamodara beaches during your visit to Tangalle. Five species of turtles can be spotted at these beaches especially during the main season for nesting, which starts in April and lasts until July. Green turtles, hawksbill turtles and leatherback turtles can be easily spotted on the shores of these areas laying their precious eggs. Out of these, the leatherback turtle is the rarest species.