Looking for a secluded coastal escape away from the crowds? Tangalle in Sri Lanka makes a perfect choice and here’s what you need to know.
Planning a Trip
This charming south coast town is around 57 km from the international airport in Hambantota and 220 km from the international airport in Katunayake. On arrival, foreign travellers must stay at a ‘Safe and Secure’ Level 1 property with Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort being amongst the ideal options; safe and secure airport transfers are provided too.
The palm-fringed shoreline offers plenty of beachside bliss amidst the soft white sands and turquoise waters of Tangalle. Hotels and resorts can be found right beside the beach so you can spend your days soaking up the sand, swimming in the sea, taking romantic walks at sunset and enjoying yoga on the shore.
The active traveller can try the water sports on offer including surfing; consider a resort that offers exclusive Tropicsurf programmes where you can learn surfing before taking on the waves of Tangalle, best enjoyed from April to October. Alternatively, it’s a great place for stand-up paddleboarding when the waters are calm.
Nature lovers can embark on excursions to explore the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with rich biodiversity. Not to be missed are leopard safaris at the Yala National Park and elephant safaris at Udawalawe National Park, while in Mirissa, you can enjoy whale watching from December to April too.