Tangalle Beach (Tangalla)
Tangalle Beach has soft white sand which seemingly stretches on forever along the turquoise ocean. Backed by coconut palms and tropical greenery this is a perfect paradise. You will find peaceful relaxation on this beach, where you can walk and enjoy the sunset, read a book, or play games in the sand.
The waves and currents can be rough, especially in the afternoons as the wind picks up. Therefore the swimming can be quite dangerous. There is a small bay with a sheltering reef towards the western end that stops some of the waves, and this is the place to swim. Otherwise, enjoy just enjoy the peaceful beauty of this spot.
There are a number of little cafes dotted along the beach where you can enjoy local food and drink from a coconut. The locals head to the beach in the afternoons, and they are a generally friendly bunch.
If you want to visit a nearby spot, try the Mulkirigala Rock Temples. It is a temple made of five caves on different levels with 500 stone steps. It is a remarkable sight and well worth the trip.
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