Tangalle Sri Lanka
White, deserted beaches, cultural sites and an amazing flora and fauna are making Tangalle a Sri Lanka holiday destination for all tastes.
Wevurukannala Buddha Statue
A short drive to the south is Dikwella , where the famous Wevurukannala colossal Buddha statue is. You can climb the stairway behind this statute and from the top you can have a scenic view of the countryside with paddy fields and vegetation.
You will pass Dondra to reach Tangalle. Dondra is famous for the ancient temple of God Vishnu and is the southernmost point of Sri Lanka.
To the east of Tangalle is Hambantota, the developing southern city. In Hambantota you can visit the salterns where natural salt is made, and about 5 miles interior near a village called Gannoruwa, the natural hotsprings.
At the Uda Walawe ( Valavey) elephant sanctuary you can easily sight herds of elephants and many other wild animals and wild peacocks, migratory and other varieties of birds.
Mulkirigala is a famous ancient monastery which still functions and situated on a 210m high rocky hillock, a few minutes interior to Tangalle. There are ancient caves with painted murals and statutes, a 'not to miss' place for the historian.