TANGALLA
 
  When you reach Tangalla, the first attraction is the deeply blue bays, which once harboured Dutch and British ships. There are not many places on the western and southern coasts of Sri Lanka where you will be able to walk along sandy shores for kilometres without seeing another.

If you are looking for a low-key beach destination that is both peaceful and hidden, the town of Tangalla in the Deep South is the place to go.

In the centre of the town is a clock tower, a bridge accessing eastbound routes over the canal that runs through the town. There is little to see, or shop in town, but there are few Dutch buildings that display Dutch architecture such as the courthouse, the old rest-house and the residence of the District Judge. The fort Dutch built is transformed into a prison.
 
The safest place for swimming in Tangalla is Medaketiya, where there are accommodation to fit your budget, along a beach road lined with guesthouses. While resting on the beach, you can also see the harbour and the many fishing boats and gaze out over the shimmering sea. Visitors usually stay around their guesthouses at night and enjoy delicious seafood dinners under the stars.  

Snorkelling gear can be rented from beachside establishments, and diving can also be arranged by request. Ten kilometres to the east of Tangalla at Rekawa, is an important turtle nesting site set up by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP).

Tangalla is also a good place from which to visit surrounding attractions. The Hummanaya blowhole, seven kilometres west of Tangalla in the fishing village of Kudawella, is where jets of water are sprayed 15m into the air through a long crevice in the rock. In addition to the magnificent rock temple of Mulkirigala, you can visit the Wewurukannala Temple a few kilometres beyond Hummanaya which is home to the largest Buddha statue in the country, 50m in height. With all these attractions, it is a city you should not miss for a holiday on a weekend.

Content Source: Travel Sri Lanka Magazine
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