The south coast beaches in the surroundings of Tangalle in the western part of Hambantota District have developed into a favourite destination of families and independent travellers in recent years. One reason is that Tangalle belongs to the intermediate and dry zone that receives sunshine also during the monsoon season, which corresponds to the northern summer months. The climate is much drier than at the traditional beach resorts further west in the Matale and Galle Districts of the Southern Province. Another reason is, that the beaches outside town are smaller less crowded those close to the centres of coastal towns. The area of Tangalle offers Ayurveda facilities, too. Rewarding destinations for beach holiday makers in the Tangalle region are the rock temple of Mulkirigala 18 km further inland, the spectacular Hoomaniya Blowhole 11 km west of Tangalle, the Kalametiya Lagoon and Bird Sanctuary 24 km east of the city, and the turtle watch beach and conservation centre of Rekawa 10 km east on the way to Kalamitiya. Very close to the town is the natural swimming area of Parewella.
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