Tangalle is one of the largest towns in the district of hambanthota which is located in the southern province of Sri Lanka and also one of the town with a mild climate compared to the rest of the other districts and coastal areas. It is also a regional fishing port situated on one of the largest bays and protected by a coral reef enclosed within the ocean. It provides protection to the bay.
Tangalle is also a core for tourism and holidaying as it’s a much sought out destination in the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The Old Dutch building in Tangalle is still used as a Prison to date and good architecture of the Dutch era is available to view in the form of the rest house, court house, and the Dutch fort. The Dutch also used Tangalle as an important anchorage in the southern coast of the island.
The Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya and the parewella natural swimming area are the few centres of attraction in Tangalle. The Mulkirigala temple is perched on the rock boulder and possesses ancient inscriptions carved in the rock and it was also a Buddhist monastery in the ancient past.
There is also the hummanaya blowhole which is located towards the north of the town which is also a fishing village known as Kudawalle and is the only blow hole in Sri Lanka. The Lakmitiya Bird sanctuary in Tangalle was declared a wild life sanctuary and was later abolished and re declared as a sanctuary with less area. The bird sanctuary is in an area of lagoons and mangroves rich in marine and is the home to national and globally threatened birds. There is also the turtle watch where there are five types of turtles and is known as the Rekawa. The project also conducts a turtle protection program which protects the nesting site until the hatchlings return to the ocean.
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