Tangalle the land of white sand and basking sun is a place not be missed when you visit the coastal South of Sri Lanka.The palm fringed bay and picturesque coves of Tangalle are a natural treasure, with a lazy town littered with gentle reminders of the Dutch days of the 18th century and beautiful villas looking out over shimmering sands at Seenimodera. The Dutch were the first Europeans to discover the maritime benefits of Tangalle, there are a few Dutch buildings that display characteristics of Dutch architecture such as the courthouse, the old rest-house and the residence of the district judge. The Dutch also built a fort, though it has now been transformed into a prison in the middle of the 19th century.

Tangalle 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. Exhibiting fine beaches, good swimming and more than reasonable diving, it is a popular destination on the south coast.

Tangalle is also a good place from which to visit surrounding attractions.

Bundala National park
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Located east of Tangalle (approx 1 ½ hrs), the main attraction of the Bundala is the birdlife, especially waders. There are both resident and migratory species. Greater Flamingo, Spot-billed Pelican, Lesser Adjutant and Black-necked Stork are among the large birds. Large flocks of terns, gulls, sand-pipers, snipes, teals, cormorants, egrets and many more water birds are commonly seen. Bundala National Park is mainly consist of 4 brackish lagoons, salt pans, marshes, thorny scrub lands, sand dunes, dry mixed ever green forests and dry grass lands. Park provides the shelter for Elephant, Spotted Dear, Wild Boar, Black naped hare, Grey & Ruddy mongoose, toque macaque, Grey Langur & porcupine, jackal and fishing & Rusty Spotted cats. This park is also well known for sightings of estuarine crocodile and mugger crocodile.

The best time to visit Bundala is between November and March when the winter migratory birds arrive.

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The Hoo-maniya blowhole, few kilometres west of Tangalle in the fishing village of Kudawela. The fanciful name derives from the low, booming “Hoo” sound that precedes the jets of water. The blowhole is formed from a deep, narrow cleft in the cliff, around 20m deep & a meter wide, which funnels plumes of water up into the air in great jets by some terrific action of water pressure. It’s most impressive during the monsoon – May to Nov.
Kalametiya Bird sanctuary
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20km beyond Tangalle, Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary comprises an area of coastal lagoons & mangroves which is rich in marine & birdlife, similar to that found in Bundala and best seen from November to March. Access to the sanctuary is from the village of Hungama. No structured program to date.
The Turtle Conservation Project
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The Sigiriya Sanctuary is in and around the famous Sigiriya rock and is adjacent to the Minneriya National park. The forest types are mainly dry zone forest, shrub forests, and dry deciduous forest. The fauna of Sigiriya is highlighted by the elephant population, which migrate to the area from time to time; sumbar and birds like eagle and falcon.
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