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Top 05 unforgettable Tangalle Beach experiences in Sri Lanka - Relish the beauty of the deep southern coast!

Tangalle is a charming village located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. It boasts a range of stunning beaches and other fascinating attractions. Here are some of the best experiences you can have during your stay in Tangalle.

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Enjoy serenity at Silent Beach 

Godellawella Beach, also known as Silent Beach, is particularly picturesque and rarely crowded and lacks the hustle and bustle of more popular spots like Mirissa and Unawatuna. You can get to the beach via a 5-minute bus ride from Tangalle town. There is quite a famous tree swing hanging from a coconut tree, which makes for some great pictures! One of the main draws of Tangalle is its remote and beautiful beaches, and Silent Beach is an experience you won't forget anytime soon. You can also find some of the best hotels nearby, the likes of Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort are among the best available. 

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Relax at Goyambokka Beach 

Another must-visit beach is Goyambokka Beach, which can be reached within 15 minutes via bus and lies 3.1 km from Tangalle. With little to no tourists and filled with palm trees, this is the ideal beach to relax and enjoy the Tangalle coastline. Another beach to visit from here is Pallikkudawa Fanda Beach, a hidden gem and a great place to relax with a bird sanctuary just off its coastline. 

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Bathe in the rock pools at Tangalle Beach

Tangalle Beach has a long stretch of coastline beginning from the fishing station and extending northwards towards the fisherman's hamlets. However, most areas may not be ideal for swimming because of the jagged rocks, but sections of Medilla and Marakolliya will have some sandy spots suitable for swimming. One of the best Tangalle experiences is to visit Medilla, where natural rock pools are created with the incoming tide!

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Take part in conservation at Rekawa Lagoon 

Situated near Tangalle Beach, the lagoon is perfect for canoeing and kayaking. The lagoon is surrounded by mangroves and is home to a thriving biodiversity of flora and fauna. Visitors to Rekawa will be able to see endangered turtles like the hawksbill, loggerhead, green turtle, olive ridley, and the rare leatherback. From April to July, visitors will be able to observe the egg-laying process. This generally takes place after 8:30 p.m. late into the night. Volunteers then collect the eggs and carry them to the hatcheries to be safely hatched and then later released into the sea. 

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See the birds at Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary 

If you travel 20 minutes from the east of Tangalle, you can visit one of the oldest sanctuaries in Sri Lanka, Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary. Recognized in 1984, this natural sanctuary is located close to a mangrove lagoon, making it the ideal spot for bird-watching. Over 150 species of birds thrive in this sanctuary, with at least 54 types of migratory birds visiting every year. Among its noticeable and popular residents is the weaver bird. Visitors will be able to spot their hanging nests in the trees, highlighting their weaving skills.