TANGALLE


Tangalle are a natural treasure. This is a lazy town littered with gentle reminders of the Dutch days of the 18th century and beautiful villas looking out over the shimmering sands of Seenimodera. Located 195 kilometres form the beautiful capital of Colombo and 35km east of Matara, is a pleasant fishing port situated on one of the finest and largest bays in the island, which is protected from the ocean by an enclosing reef.

You can arrive at this exquisite destination both by train and bus or hired transport within 4 to 5 hours. Exhibiting fine beaches which are good for swimming and more than reasonable for diving, Tangalle is a popular beach destination on the south coast. It is believed that the name is derived from 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 whilst further research also reveals that it means the “projecting rock”, because long ago the town was protected from the ocean by a long rocky slab that projected into the sea across the mouth of the bay.

Tangalle  is a big town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is one of the largest towns in southern province. It is located 195 km (121 mi) south of Colombo and 35 km (22 mi) east of Matara. It has a mild climate, in comparison to the rest of the district, and sandy beaches.


The name of the town in Sinhala means "projected rock", a reference to the rocks which form the coastline in the town area, which contrasts with the sandy beach of the surrounding areas. Another rationale is that the name is derived from ran-gala or "golden rock", which relates to a local legend that a holy man once ate a meal there and the rock was turned to gold.

Attractions

Mulkirigala rock temple 

20 km (12 mi) north of the town. The temple is perched on a boulder approximately 200 m (660 ft) high. According to ancient inscriptions carved on the rock, Mulkirigala dates back almost 2,000 years when it was a site of a Buddhist monastery


Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
 is 24 km (15 mi) east of the town. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1938, originally with 2,500 hectares but was abolished in 1946 due to the opposition by local residents. It was once again declared a sanctuary in 1984 but with a considerably reduced area.


Rekawa Turtle Conservation project 
is 10 km (6.2 mi) east of the town. At the beach you can watch five species of marine turtles: Green turtles, Loggerhead turtles, Leatherback turtles, Olive Ridley turtles and Hawksbill turtles laying their eggs in the sand nests at night. The Turtle Conservation Project that conducts a `turtle watch’ programme, which protects the nesting sites until the hatchlings return to the ocean.

What is certain is that Tangalle has for long been considered a good anchorage. The Dutch were the first Europeans to discover the maritime benefits ofTangalle and their influence can be seen in a few remaining examples of architecture, such as the Rest House, Court House and Fort. The Dutch Fort stands on a slope above the bay. Unfortunately it has undergone considerable alteration since it was turned into a jail in the mid 19th century. This fort differs from many others of the Dutch era since there are no massive ramparts. There are four main walls, which are 12 metres high, enclosing a space similar to a rhombus. The British too, used Tangalle as an anchorage. Furthermore, tea planters began to develop it as a resort, finding the clean white sand and deep blue water there the best antidote to life in the sometimes chilly and damp hills.


Hummanaya Kudawella Blow Hole
Hummanaya is the only known blowhole in Sri Lanka and it may be the second largest blowhole in the world. Meaning of the word “Hummanaya” The blowhole itself is a natural crack in the rocks, and when the wind blows in the right direction the water shoots up the cliff and into the air The water shooted up above the cliffs in the monsoon seasons more than 30 M. The first part of the name Hoo-maniya comes from the wooshing sound of the water volume of sea water whistle through a natural fine hole from beneath a massive rock in the sea. Located on a rock about 40 ft above sea level. The Kudawella blow hole is most probably world highest blow hole.


Wewurukannala Buddha Statue
The village of Dickwella’s claim to fame is the Wewurukannala Temple, which houses the largest Buddha in Sri Lanka. But there’s more to see here than just some big statue. A marvelously kitschy image house, an illustrated Hall of Sin, colorful statues and a resident elephant are among the secondary highlights of this entertaining place of worship.
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling


Scuba diving and snorkeling 
are popular in the clear waters of Tangalle. When the seas are calm, from October to April, beautiful coral reefs, colorful fishes, and even sea turtles can be spotted


Surfing in Mirissa Beach
Between Galle (1hr) and Matara. 10 min from Weligama by tuk-tuk. Righthander on the western end of the beach. There is a lefthander near the harbour, Cool, relaxed,tropical surfspot and an amazing seafood restaurant. When it's flat, go fishing on the island near the lefthander.

Mirissa beach offers waves for nice turns. Morning period is the best. The beach is clean and clear and a great start off point for a run into the waters. The blue waters offer a good ride for beginners and experienced surfers. Mirissa beach is an unpopulated beach.

Whales and Dolphin Watching
A relatively new phenomenon is that Sri Lanka├»¿½s south and southwest coast is fast becoming popular for year-round whale and dolphin watching. Since around 2006 scientists came to realize that Sri Lanka may be one of the best places in the world to see both Blue and Sperm whales as they migrate between the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.


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 adrenaline


ANGULMADUWA BRASS WORKERS
Angulmaduwa is one of the most ancient villages of brass craftsmanship. It is believed to be where iron-smelting and steel-tempering begun in the island. A stop at Angulmaduwa provides an opportunity to see a group of dedicated traditional artisans at work, producing high quality brassware and also the chance to purchase popular souvenirs.

Located on the way to Mulkirigala, a stop at Angulmaduwa provides an opportunity for a traveller to see a group of dedicated traditional artisans at work, producing high quality traditional brassware. These items are popular souveniers from the area and can be purchased at reasonable prices from the artisans themselves.












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