Tangalla is not a good place for swimming although the sea is warm enough. But if you try to do so, please be very careful. The trick is to get into the water avoiding big waves (the same for getting out), then you should be fine. As you get deeper the waves are not that strong and it is much more fun to swim. At least I enjoyed that - with lots of adrenaline!
Just north of the sandy beach of Tangalla is a rocky one. There are some hotels right on the rocks of the coast. It is worth to go there if you want some climbing and crawling rather than just walking. Besides it is the best place to see the perfect sunrise and escape from any tourists.
Funny for me, but on this trip I have bothered to haul myself out of bed early in the morning so to see the sunrise.
Tangalla was one of the memorable ones, it was just stunning and way better than the sunsets I encountered there.
Follow the road from the beach all the way along and you will soon find yourself in Tangalla town. From Tangalla there are regular buses each way along the coast where you can make connections.
We enjoyed many walks along the beach road and into the town centre, where there are a few small shops and stalls, there are banks and an internet cafe.
The walk along the beach is beautiful, locals would always speak to us and be intrigued as to why we were there!
I tryed once to swim in the seas off of Tangalla beach, and I was thrown around and dragged in the extra strong current so badly that I was way too terrified to go back in a second time.
Locals and their kids swam in the sea each evening as we watched them from our balcony - once bitten - twice shy I say. If you do decide to swim just be careful and cautious, I consider myself a strong swimmer and I was literally dragged - scary experience.
The beach in Tangalla is beautiful, but as you can see from my photographs, when I was here the weather was not sunbathing weather and so I often just admired the beach from our balcony.
Tangalla was one of many coastal towns hit by the Tsunami and when we visited over a year later there was still an awful lot of debris lying on the beach.
At the south of Sri Lanka you can see marine turtles coming during the night on the beach and laying eggs in the sand nests. It's a really unique experience!
But you have to be patient. It's nature, so sometimes you have to wait till very late in the night, and sometimes (it's rare) they dont't come at all...
On Rekawa beach you can see 5 of 7 worldwide occurring species of marine turtles:
- Green Turtle
- Loggerhead Turtle
- Leatherback Turtle
- Olive Ridley Turtle
- Hawskbill Turtle
It's free of charge, but you will be asked to make a donation for the Turtle Conservation Project. Please do it...
Tsunami update: The Impact had not been severe in this area due to the stabilised shore vegetation and high sand dunes.