Tangalla Travel Guide

  • Endless beaches
    Endless beaches
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  • Suites at the Lagoon
    Suites at the Lagoon
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  • Restaurant and beach over the lagoon
    Restaurant and beach over the lagoon
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Tangalla Things to Do

  • There is not much to do except remember.

    As I alluded to in my introduction page to Tangalle (Tangalla) there is really not very much to do here. What you essentially have is a town attached to a lovely beach by a pretty ropey road and "never the twain shall meet". The town is a fairly prosaic place and largely, I suspect, given over to supplying the flash tourist resorts on the beach...

  • Swimming

    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...

  • Rocky part of Tangalla beach

    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.

  • Sunrise

    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.

  • Walking along the coast in Tangalla

    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...

  • Indian Ocean at Tangalla

    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...


Tangalla Hotels

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  • Amanwella

    Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Wathuara, Godellawela, Tangalle, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Dickwella Resort

    Batheegama, Dickwella, Tangalle, 81200, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Tangalla Bay Hotel

    a `ship themed' hotel. fairly basic but still good enough. its located right by the ocean, so the...


Tangalla Restaurants

  • Stunning location, excellent food.

    There are a number of excellent little eateries along the beach East of the lagoon and I certainly didn't try all of them in the short time I was in Tangalle. I did, however, find this place relatively early and returned for more than one meal as the food really was so good. The location is picture postcard perfect as you can see from one of the...

  • The seafood is excellent

    You may have read on my hotel tip for the Serein Beach Hotel, where I stayed in Tangalle for three nights that on the night of my arrival I had had a bit of a fraught journey down (tuk-tuk drivers playing silly sods again). I really didn't feel like going out exploring at about 2000 hours at night, knowing the Sri Lankan practice of closing...

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Tangalla Warnings and Dangers

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    by planxty Written Apr 28, 2014

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    The beach at Tangalle is undoubtedly beautiful and on a hot day it may seem like a good idea to just dive into the surf of the Indian Ocean but beware as it is not as benign as it appears and there have been a number of drownings on this beach. The most recent figures I can find, which are admittedly a little old, are that no less than 24 people lost their lives to drowning in Tangalle in 2012 which is a fairly horrendous figure (see the attached webpage for fuller details). Apparently, the problem is very strong rip-tides and very quickly changing conditions.

    I did not see any of the beach patrolled by lifeguards nor did I see any warning flags anywhere here and the advice is to always ask local advice before venturing into the water. anybody n the hotels or restaurants will be able to assist. The one exception I would mention is that in front of the Little Pumpkin restaurant they have built two stone groynes into the sea which apparently provided a safe bathing environment, but again it is wise to ask. You can see it in the main image here. I really don't want to spoil anyone's trip but it really is not worth the risk given the dangers involved.

    This advice is also applicable on many other beaches in Sri Lanka and I shall be re-posting this tip accordingly on various pages and make no apology for dong so as casual browsers may only look at one particular page.

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