Deep on the southern coastline is the town of Tangalle with beautiful sandy beaches that are quiet and private. This picturesque coastal town is vibrant with markets, ancient temples and busy commuters. Surrounded by wildlife sanctuaries and the Indian Ocean, this place attracts travellers for longer beach stays filled relaxation coupled with exploration.

Further south, passing the southern tip of Sri Lanka is the beautiful beach town of Tangalle. Tangalle is one of the larger towns on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, located 195km from Colombo and an hour and a half drive from Galle. Tangalle town centre buzzes with life during the day with busy markets, commuters and people going about their daily lives. Further up and down the coastline is the quieter part of Tangalle with tranquil and picturesque beaches including Mawella beach. A fortunate stroke of serendipity keeps Tangalle’s picturesque beaches pristine attracting people who are keen to spend a few days in the tropical sun. Tangalle is a great stop for a break at the beach whether a traveller takes the route from the west to the south coast or travelling down from the hills to the southern coast.

Tangalle’s multi-faceted landscape has a few diverse places to explore including Mulkirigala ancient Buddhist temple, Hummanaya Blowhole, Kalametiyawa Bird Sanctuary and turtle watching in Rekawa. In the recent years, a lovely array of upmarket boutique and resort accommodations have come up in and around Tangalle. With almost private beachfronts amid tropical gardens, surrounded by small lagoons and quiet stretches of coast, there are many reasons pick Tangalle for a beach stay in Sri Lanka.


Here are sample itineraries featuring Tangalle on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Click below to read more about accommodation in Tangalle and things to do on Sri Lanka’s south coast or get in touch to receive a detailed, tailor made itinerary for your Sri Lanka holiday.


Amazing trip! We absolutely loved it. Sri Lanka is now a country we would definitely like to go back to and explore further.Thank you so much for all the work you did in putting the trip together for us. It was a great mix of places for us to get a good feel of the country. We will be encouraging all our friends to go to Sri Lanka.