Strung out along one of the south's most beautiful stretches of coastline, Tangalla (or Tangalle) is amongst the region's more developed beach destinations, although despite the burgeoning number of guest houses, tourism here hasn't yet taken off as much as the entrepreneurial locals would like, and the whole place remains resolutely low-key even compared to Unawatuna, let alone the big west coast resorts. If you want watersports, shops, restaurants and nightlife, this isn't the place to come; but if you just want great expanses of I beautiful sandy beach to crash out on, Tangalla is worth a shout.<br />
The area around Tangalla is also home to a number of rewarding attractions, including the Hoo-maniya blowhole, the giant Buddha and gaudy temple of Wewurukanala and the magnificent rock temples of Mulkirigala, all of which can be combined into a rewarding half-day excursion. In addition, the I nearby beach at Rekawa is Sri Lanka's premier site for turtle-watching, offering the opportunity to see these majestic creatures drag themselves ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Dedicated ornithologists might also fancy a trip to the little-visited Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, home to a rich selection of marine birdlife.