Tangalle is the tourist hub of the Deep South and boasts of some of the finest beaches and beach resorts in Sri Lanka. Situated 122-miles (200-km) south of Colombo, 5-hours along either the Coast Highway via Galle or over the hills via Ratnapura, you can drive to Tangalle thru some beautiful country. Once you arrive, it is said that “dreamlike days could turn in to weeks!”
Access to the Rakawa lagoon and the Kalametiya wetlands are within half an hour from Tangalle. Bird watching, Turtle watching, and the sheer enjoyment of nature at its best, add to the beauty of this area.
Tangalla is also a popular destination in the deepsouth for its traditional and cultural history. Some say the name Tangalla is derived from the ran-gala or “golden rock” from a legend that tells of a time when a holy man once partook of a meal there and the rock was turned to gold. But others maintain that it is known as the “projecting rock” because many years ago the town was protected from the ocean by a long rocky slab that projected into the sea across the mouth of the bay.
With a population of approximately 66,000 the economic structure of Tangalle is characterised by its rural setting of paddy fields, coconut plantations, inland lagoons, water reservoirs, beaches and ocean frontage. The economy is centered on agriculture, lagoon and ocean fisheries, livestock and tourism, while agriculture accounts for the largest proportion of employment.
One of Sri Lanka’s largest Fishery Harbors is also located in Tangalle. Many coastal as well as multi-day (deep-sea) fishing vessels use this harbor. Every morning (except on full moon-“Poya days”) at daybreak, one can witness the crowded fish auction.
Local and foreign tourists can enjoy a good variety of food and lodging, and great “sea baths” as the locals would say. Swimming, snorkelling and diving off the coast are also very popular. In spite of its attractions, numerous seaside
hotels and guest houses, and quaint, local restaurants, Tangalle is still largely unknown to tourists. Discover Tangalle!