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Five things you should know before travelling to Tangalle – An escape from the city

Tangalle is a large town in Sri Lanka, located in the Hambantota district in the Southern province. Situated on one of the largest bays in Sri Lanka which is protected by an enclosing reef, from the ocean. Here's a little more info on Tangalle and all it has to offer.


Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

If you're visiting Tangalle, do make sure to drop by at the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, located in Kalametiya which is a fishing village. This bird sanctuary is one of the oldest and main bird sanctuaries in Sri Lanka and is located a mere 20 kilometres away from Tangalle. Kalametiya was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1984 and includes a mangrove lagoon area, among several other extremely picturesque landscapes. With over 150 species of birds out of which 54 are migratory, this place is definitely a bird watcher's haven. Aside from the birds, one is likely to spot around 20 different species of mammals, 41 species of fish and 38 species of reptiles living within the sanctuary.


Rekawa Lagoon

20 minutes away from Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort and several other hotels in Tangalle, Rekawa Lagoon flourishes. If you're looking to get away from the large crowds on the beach, there's a lot more to do! Separated by a tiny strip of beach is the Rekawa lagoon, a coastal water body located in the Hambantota district. Boasting rich flora and fauna, this stretch of inland water is surrounded by mangroves and is perfect for kayaking and canoeing. You're sure to spit a water monitor among several other animals in the area! Don't forget your camera as the scenery you will witness is sure to leave you awestruck.


Rekawa Turtle Watch

If you're not too tired after kayaking or canoeing, you can watch and observe marine turtles in their natural habitat. Five out of seven of the world's turtle species are found in Sri Lanka and come ashore in Rekawa to lay eggs. These turtles are green, hawksbill, loggerhead, olive ridley and leatherback turtles. The main season to witness this amusing occurrence is April through July.


The beach

No trip to Tangalle is complete without a bit of splashing around in the beach waters or getting your tan on! Tangalle is home to several uncrowded beaches on the island, giving you all the privacy you need. You can even go beach hopping from the likes of Pallikkudawa to the famous pigeon bay if you're someone that enjoys spending time at beaches!


Hummanaya Blowhole

This blowhole is known to be the second biggest blowhole in the world and is extra spectacular to watch! The water can reach up to a whopping 25 to 30 metres and is extra impressive during monsoon season.


Surfing and watersports

Hiriketiya beach is only 20 minutes from Tangalle town and is up and coming – also becoming extra popular with surfers! If you're looking to learn how to surf then Hiriketiya is ideal because there's plenty of surf schools.