Tucked away on the shorelines of the Sri Lankan coast, the once-tragically-destroyed town of Tangalle has found itself on the rise, becoming one of the most idyllic and dreamlike depictions of a tropical beach paradise, with shimmering blue waters set against the gold beaches of the town, developing and finding itself as an increasingly popular vacation destination even among the many in the country.
Once a fishing village of little renown, the beaches of Tangalle stretch on for miles as far as the eye can see, untouched in its beauty. Damaged heavily in the 2004 tsunami, the town has since rebuilt as is now positioning itself as a vacation destination, with such hospitality offerings as the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort plying their remedial trade to the visitors of the town.
Situated just 16km away, the Mulkirigala Rock Temple is a fascinating sight to see, tucked away in the bedrock of the hills, amongst lush greenery. Here, the temples are situated on five different terraces, and one must climb 500 steps to reach the very top. Religious visitors see it as a sort of pilgrimage, and there’s much in the way of artful statues and cave paintings of the Buddha and Buddhism in general.
About a 20 minute drive away from the town is the Rekawa Turtle Hatchery, where you can see the protected beach species of turtles safely hatched and cared for before being released, a nightly occasion. The country environment in Rekawa is also quite beautiful, contrasting spectacularly with the Tangalle atmosphere.
The Beaches of the Area
It’s not just the main Tangalle beach that’s available to you – there is also the Silent Beach, with few visitors, and the Medaketiya Beach, another beautiful option to visit as you frequent the many choices of Tangalle beach resort within your grasp. Just make sure to be careful when stepping out into the great blue – the waters aren’t always calm, so make sure to test them before diving right in.