With crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches, it’s no wonder Tangalle is the beach destination of the Deep South. It’s dotted with beautiful beach resorts, surfing schools, and beachside restaurants. Tangalle is still relatively undiscovered as a tourist destination, which is why we consider it a hidden gem. Snorkelling and diving in Tangalle beach’s pristine waters is what dreams are made of, so discover what Tangalle has to offer.
We can’t blame you for wanting to stick to the beach life during your time here, but there’s so much more to Tangalle than that! You can witness the of sea turtle watching (you may be lucky and see some of them laying eggs), explore a bird watcher’s paradise at Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, see an incredible natural wonder at Hummanaya blowhole (Sri Lanka’s only blowhole), uncover ancient secrets at various archaeological sites, and more.
Experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of observing sea turtles laying eggs within their natural habitat at Rekawa Turtle Reserve, a short tuk ride from Tangalle. Rekawa beach is among Sri Lanka’s most important turtle nesting sites, and a night visit with Turtle Conservation Project is a chance to learn more about these majestic creatures. Lucky visitors may see a female turtle as she comes ashore to lay her eggs.
For bird enthusiasts, Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary has everything you would need for an enthralling day bird watching. Though not as popular as Bundala National Park for bird watching, it offers the same level of wildlife diversity with less crowds. Kalametiya is home to over 150 species of birds and stretches over 2,500 hectars, so you can expect an exciting day of bird spotting. Make sure you remember your binoculars!