Tangalle villas in South Coast, Sri Lanka

Tangalle is a sleepy fishing port in the island’s deep south where villagers go about their daily chores with an unhurried charm, stopping frequently to chat with relatives and friends. A holiday in Tangalle must include exploring its main attraction, the many beaches that surround the town which are some of the island’s most picturesque, tranquil and unspoilt spots. Reached along narrow tracks from the main road and hidden by rocky headlands which ensure that they remain undiscovered, many of these beaches such as Seenimodera, Mawella and Nilwala are flanked by beautiful patches of jungle and overhanging palms. Coves, rocky outcrops and bursting blowholes dramatise them while the rolling surf of the deep blue ocean provides an endless melody to accompany the picture-postcard scene.

Inland from Tangalle, the scene is very rural. While the beaches are scattered with colourful fishing catamarans, the plains inland are carpeted with vast paddy fields where farmers are hard at work tending to their golden crop. Only lush jungle, palm tree islands, lotus-filled lakes and a few rocky outcrops vary the landscape. There are many things to do in Tangalle, especially for those who like to explore history and culture, with breathtaking cave temples such as Mulkirigala hidden in its midst.

Tangalle has a supermarket, a handful of banks and a fresh produce market. Eating out is a low-key affair here; the region’s delectable ocean cuisine is typically enjoyed in a rustic restaurant overlooking the beach.

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The Beach House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
The Beach House
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at TBA

Beautiful Bawa-enhanced former artist-owned beach house set in a tropical garden near to Tangalle, ideal for families, couples or groups. With 5 intimate rooms, a large swimming pool and direct ocean views this chic beach retreat is pleasantly secluded although conveniently enough located to visit Tangalle’s main attractions.

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Kadju House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Kadju House
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at TBA

Kadju House is a contemporary 4-bedroom villa enhanced by tropical scenery, abundant wildlife and a fabulous location minutes away from beautiful, deserted beaches. With a minimalist design that frames the spectacular sea views, this fully-serviced beach pad with pool and spa offers blissful serenity for couples, groups and nature lovers.

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Kurumba House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Kurumba House
Bedrooms : 1       Sleeps : 2
Rate starts at TBA

Comprising just two bedrooms, a living–dining area and kitchen (complete with great cook); this idyllic beach pad near Tangalle is without pretensions. Revelling in its sensational seaside situation, contemporary Kurumba’s emerald lawn is scattered with comfortable recliners, a hammock and a deeply cushioned ambalama just footsteps from the beach.

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Kurumba House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Kurumba House
Bedrooms : 2       Sleeps : 4
Rate starts at TBA

Comprising just two bedrooms, a living–dining area and kitchen (complete with great cook); this idyllic beach pad near Tangalle is without pretensions. Revelling in its sensational seaside situation, contemporary Kurumba’s emerald lawn is scattered with comfortable recliners, a hammock and a deeply cushioned ambalama just footsteps from the beach.

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Maya
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Maya
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at TBA

This contemporary-styled but century-old manor house inland from Tangalle is the perfect tonic for anyone needing R&R. With 5 bedrooms, a 20m pool, an excellent chef and a two-acre garden that spills onto the facing rice fields, fully staffed Maya is a serene and beautiful place to relax and unwind.

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Ocean’s Edge
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Ocean’s Edge
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8-9*
Rate starts at $540

This grand 4-bedroom fully staffed villa sits in extensive gardens and offers true escapism beside a blissfully isolated beach visited by turtles.  Ideal for families, groups and nature lovers, the house is spacious and has a big, fenced T-shaped pool.  There are plenty of exciting national parks to visit nearby.

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The Teak House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
The Teak House
Bedrooms : 2       Sleeps : 4
Rate starts at TBA

A charming 2-bedroom wooden house set on a hillside overlooking the ocean, only two minutes’ walk from the beach.  With a 12m swimming pool and a large palm grove garden full of tropical flowers and birds, Teak House is an enchanting retreat for families, couples, artists and nature lovers.

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Walatta House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Walatta House
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6-8*
Rate starts at $500 ++

The 3-bedroomed Walatta House is a fabulous choice for groups.  Perched on a palm-studded hillside with 180-degree sea views, this engaging eco-chic property has an air-con TV snug, an open-plan living/dining area, an inviting 20-metre lap pool and extensive gardens that tumble down the hillside to a secluded beach.

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Amanwella
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Mawatha, Godellawela, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 47 2241333
Choose from their main dining room overlooking the swimming pool and beach where a delicious though pricey variety of dishes are served; or, during daytime hours, lunch in the informal Beach Club right beside the sandy surf. Bookings are essential.

Amanwella Spa
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Amanwella, Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Mawatha, Godellawela, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 47 2241333
Enjoy a selective spa menu listing facials, massages and body treatments including soaks in baths. Treatments use organic Aman products and take place in the spa suite or in selected garden locations. Bookings are essential.

Buckingham Place
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Rekawa, Netolpitiya, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 47 3489447
Situated a few kilometres from the location of the nightly turtle watch (TCP), this handily-situated open-air boutique hotel restaurant serves a menu of international fusion cuisine.

Bundala National Park
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Bundala
A little more than an hour from Tangalle is Bundala National Park, an important Ramsar wetlands, significant for the crocodiles, monkeys and migratory birdlife (including greater flamingos) attracted to the salty lewayas and mud flats found here.

Cargils
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Main St, Tangalle
Tangalle’s best-stocked one-stop-shop for grocery items. There’s also a pharmacy here and a small selection of liquor, beer and wine.

Hoomaniya Blowhole
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Nilwella, Tangalle
The spray of this blowhole can reach 25m when the seas are at their most tumultuous (typically from May to July). The 1km pathway leading to the blowhole is lined with little refreshments stalls.

Il Camino
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Suriya Gardens, Nakulugamuwa, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 47 2242286
Although this restaurant has erratic opening times (best to call before coming) and is closed over northern summer months, the Italian owner serves up some great homemade Italian cuisine in a simple, rustic setting.

Indika Art Gallery
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Medilla, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 777903253
This diminutive art gallery to the east of Tangalle showcases the paintings of Indika Pathmananda, an award-winning artist whose work covers wildlife, landscapes, portrait, line drawings, modern art and abstract styles. He undertakes commissions and runs short courses in painting and art work on request.

Kalametiya
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Kalametiya
This wetland bird sanctuary to the east of Tangalle features a vast mangrove swamp. Between November and March you can witness an incredible variety of visiting migratory and resident birdlife.

Mangrove Garden
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Kapuhenwella, Marakolliya, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 777906018
If you’re heading out turtle watching, stop here enroute for dinner where there’s a reasonably priced menu set in rustic surrounds. It’s an equally delightful setting in the daytime as the restaurant’s set beside a lengthy beach perfect for long strolls.

Marakolliya Beach
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Situated approximately 4km east of Tangalle
With wide endless shell-scattered sands, this stretch of beach is one of Tangalle’s widest and finest. There are a couple of basic restaurants situated along here and it is perfect for strolls. The sea is a bit too rough for swimming in through.

Maya House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Old House, Aranwella, Beliatta, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 47 5679025 / 6
The best food in Tangalle, although it’s tucked in 8km inland. Lunch and dinner are typically three-course affairs making best use of whatever fish and seafood is fresh that day. Bookings are essential.

Mulkirigala Temple
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Mulkirigala, Tangalle
This awesome rock temple stands more than 200m above the surrounding scenery like a little Sigirya. There are four chambers on the way up with ancient murals and Buddha statues, and from the top you can enjoy stunning 360 degree panoramas.

Rekawa Turtle Sanctuary (night watch)
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Rekawa, Netolpitiya, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 777810508
(peak nesting season is February to July) Rekawa is Sri Lanka’s only marine turtle national park as five endangered species of marine turtle come to lay their eggs here. Nightly turtle watches conducted by the Turtle Conservation Project start at 8pm at the TCP Beach Hut on Rekawa Beach; take a picnic and wait for them to emerge.

Seenimodera / Mawella Beaches
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Situated 6km to the west of Tangalle
This pair of adjoining beaches is very picturesque and the gentle waves here are popular for body boarders. The sea is best from November to April, though outside of these months swimming can be done in places with care. The beaches stretch for a couple of kilometres and are lined with fishing boats

Uda Walawe National Park
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Uda Walawe
This national park is also a couple of hours drive from Tangalle but can easily be visited during the day for either early morning or late afternoon safaris. This park is famed for the great numbers of elephants found here, and there’s also an Elephant Transit Centre where you can see babies being fed.

Yala National Park
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Yala.
Although this national park is a couple of hours drive from Tangalle, it is possible to visit during the day for either an early morning or a late afternoon safari. This is Sri Lanka’s most popular park where leopards, elephants, bears, deer, wild boar, crocodiles and a great variety of birdlife can be spotted.

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