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Top places to visit in Tangalle – The most serene beach in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is blessed with many beach towns that offer a variety of experiences but if you're looking for a secluded beach vacation then Tangalle is where you should head.


Turtle watching

The Rewaka beach is home to the Rekawa Turtle Watch, a marine conservation project that was established to safeguard the nesting sites of turtles and make sure their eggs hatch safely. It is home to 5 species of turtles: hawksbill turtle, leatherback turtle, green turtle, olive ridley turtle and loggerhead turtle. The guided tour that starts at 8.30 PM and ends at 11.30 PM lets visitors witness the turtles coming ashore and laying eggs and then returning to the sea. Visitors will also be able to see the eggs hatching and the baby turtles head to the ocean. Visitors are prohibited from flash photography as this will disrupt the turtle's nesting routine.


Mulkirigala Rock Temple

If you're looking for something more than the beach to see while visiting Tangalle the Mulkirigala rock temple is a must-see location. Located on top of rock 205 metres tall, this temple is hidden in the middle of a thick coconut grove. The temple consists of 7 viharas that are located in 7 caves. Each of the temples has a statue of the reclining Buddha along with statues of Lord Buddha seated and standing. Believed to have been built during the 3rd century, this temple is where a British official discovered a manuscript of the "Mahawamsa". The document was translated in to English and gave the British a glimpse in to Sri Lanka's rich history before it was invaded by Europeans.



The beaches in Tangalle are some of the most beautiful beaches that you'll ever see. Sadly only a few of them are safe enough to be enjoyed. Goyambokka is no doubt the most beautiful and serene beach that you'll find in the region. The sand is powdery white and the water is turquoise blue, making it the ideal for relaxing on a hammock, sipping a cool drink and enjoying a good book.


Udawalawe National Park

Visiting the Udawalawe national park is one of the surreal things you'll do while staying at one of the Sri Lanka luxury resorts in Tangalle similar to Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle. Seeing the Sri Lankan elephant that plays a large part in the Buddhist culture is the main attraction of the Undawalawe National park. It lets you see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, an experience that you won't forget for a long time. The park is home to hundreds of elephants and most of them can be seen bathing at the reservoir located at the park.


Tangalle lagoon

If you're someone who's looking for excitement and a fan of water sports you won't be disappointed as the Tangalle lagoon hosts many water sports similar to diving, surfing and Kayaking. Kayaking, a solo activity is one of the best ways to get a closer look at the lush greenery that surrounds the Tangalle lagoon. The best time to visit the lagoon would be either during the early hours of the morning or the evening hours before the sun goes down as the burning sun that shines down the afternoon is unforgiving and is too hot to enjoy all the wonders the Tangalle has to offer.