This is the fourth part of my Sri Lanka Travel Guides, the first 3 parts which you can read here.
My boyfriend, Dean, and I visited Sri Lanka in December 2015/January 2016 where we spent 12 full days and really loved our holiday.
After Ella we went onto the coastal area of Tangalle in the south of the island where we spent 2 nights. Tangalle is known for its wide open and picture perfect, wild beaches. We caught a taxi from Ella to Tangalle (being too lazy to catch a bus) which took about .. hours. We stayed at Hideaway lodge, a new lodge outside of Tangalle town and near the Rekwana Lagoon. It overlooks another small lake/lagoon and it’s a short walk to the beach. There were only 2 rooms which had been built when we were there and we had an upstairs room looking out over the lagoon. Our room was really nice, more like a hotel room with a bar fridge, flat screen tv and aircon. We also had a nice big balcony and even a deck upstairs which made for a good reading spot and a place to watch the birds. The small restaurant at the lodge serves some good food and we ate breakfast there, which was included, as well as a lunch and a dinner.
As we had arrived in Tangalle on New Year’s Eve, we set out trying to find somewhere to spend our evening. The resort owner gave us a few pointers and we decided to rather have a chilled dinner on the beach and watch the fireworks at another nearby hotel. After we had made our reservation we headed straight for the beach. I had been dying to get in the water as it was so hot. The water was so warm and you could just wallow for hours. The coast along Tangalle is quite rough so there aren’t too many places to swim. You can swim in the river mouths but the swimming nearer the town is probably the best. Tangalle is perfect for long beach walks and sunrises. We enjoyed our New Year’s Eve and had a delicious buffet and were in bed quite early.
We were the first ones on the beach on New Year’s Day to catch the beautiful sunrises. It was just amazing being alone on the long, palm-lined deserted beach. We walked for quite a while and as the area is actually part of a nature reserve we hoped for some turtle sightings but we didn’t see any.
We went back to the lodge for breakfast and hired a scooter to go into town and do some exploring. Tangalle city is quite a busy Sri Lankan city so we only stopped there briefly to pick up some snacks and dog food to feed the poor stray dogs. We wondered around the harbour and spent the rest of the day lazing on the beach and swimming. I was really lazy with taking my camera to the beach so unfortunately I don't have too many pictures of the main Tangalle beaches.
Tangalle, particularly towards the lagoon, is laid back and not too touristy and I loved that we got to be in such a peaceful place and enjoy endless stretches of the tropical beach. We spent one more night in Tangalle and then headed on to Mirissa. Definitely put Tangalle on your itinerary if you're searching for dreamy perfect beaches, lazy afternoons and peace and quiet.
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