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Five Enthralling Places to Visit in Tangalle — Relaxing Excursion to Enjoy

Tangalle is located on the deeper end of the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The place is famous for its wild, exotic beaches, culture and history. Day excursions to nearby wildlife sanctuaries are popular among holidaymakers to Tangalle. Here's a list of 5 enthralling places to visit around Tangalle.


Spend Time on Tangalle Beach

Located about one kilometre from the city centre, Tangalle Beach is a large oasis of golden sand. It's undoubtedly the best beach in the area, as per the locals and visiting tourists. That is quite an honour because there are several beautiful beaches in Tangalle vying for the spot. The beach is tucked well away from the city and is a quiet peaceful place for relaxing under the shade of a coconut palm and swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a 100% beach holiday in Tangalle by choosing to stay at one of the popular beach hotels there. Places like Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort located on a peninsula that juts out to the ocean are often chosen by travellers seeking the comforts of Sri Lanka spa hotels.


Head out to the Bundala National Park

Bundala is a national park that's easy to reach from Tangalle hotels. The place is a sanctuary for an amazing array of birds both indigenous and migratory. The area has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also a protected biosphere. The most prominent feature of the national park is the brackish water lagoons that attract the flocks of aquatic birds common in Bundala. The varied flora is another plus and Bundala boasts a diverse topography that makes the park one of the island's best green havens for nature lovers to explore. Bundala is located about an hour from top hotels in Tangalle in the Hambantota area. It is one of the popular day excursions to enjoy when staying in Tangalle.


Visit Hiriketiya Beach

One simply cannot avoid beach hopping during a holiday in Tangalle and Hiriketiya Beach should be on your list. Located in a town called Dickwella, Hiri Beach, as it's nicknamed, is about 20 minutes from Tangalle town. Go there to discover the beautiful environs, and private coves for relaxing and soaking up the sun and enjoying time of the soft golden sands of the beach. The water surrounding the beach is warm, and crystal clear; ideal for swimming and snorkelling. And because the beach curves around a rocky bay, it's deemed one of the safest in the area. Make sure to take along your cameras because the environs of Hiriketiya Beach are extremely picturesque.


Savour the Beauty of Rekawa Beach

Rekawa Beach is pretty. The tropical surroundings are perfect if you want to relax and snap up some Instagram-worthy shots. Apart from its pretty surroundings, Rekawa Beach is a popular haven for a range of marine life. Turtle watching on Rekawa Beach is a popular activity, and you can easily book tours with the help of your Tangalle resort.


Enjoy a Nature Walk

The top resorts in Tangalle organise peaceful nature walks in Tangalle. These are excursions that take you into the charming villages, where you can meander around the lush paddy fields, visit with the locals, explore the mangrove forests and simply enjoy time being one with nature.