Tangalle is located 195 km south of Colombo, in the southern coast of Sri Lanka studded with most beaches of Sri Lanka.
Tangalle can be reached by Colombo-Galle-Hambantota (A2) main motor road. The southern railway line that terminates at the coastal town of Matara, 35km west of Tangalle, is being extended to Hambantota harbor and then Kataragama via the city of Tangalle.
The coast at Tangalle is home to lovely beaches to both north and south of the town. To the north are Medaketiya and Medilla and Maralolliya beaches; to the south are Pallikaduwa and Goyambokka Beaches.
Along the beaches are strung out the budget guest houses. The nearest Upmarket hotels are on the coast west of Tangalle running to lovely beaches of Dickwella.
Tourist attractions around Tangalle: (1) Hoo-maniya blowhole (2) Wewurukannala Buddhist Temple (3) Weherahena Buddhist Temple (4) Mulkirigala Rock Cave Temple (5) Rekawa turtle-watching beach (6) Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary (7) Ussangaoda Plains
Hambantota is a rural town in southeastern coastal area of Sri Lanka. It is also the capital of the Hambantota District in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Approximately 240 kms from Colombo, Hambantota is in the midst of transformation into a strategic port and commercial centre, undergoing extensive infrastructure development. Flanked by sweeping sandy beaches, Hambantota is a convenient location from which to visit nearby sights.
The Bundala National Park lays 20 km east of Hambantota and the Wirawila Sanctuary a little further off. The Ruhuna National Park and the Kataragama Temple are other attractions that can be accessed easily from this city.
The Southern Province of Sri Lanka is a small geographic area consisting of the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Subsistence farming and fishing is the main source of income for the vast majority of the people of this region.
Important landmarks of the Southern Province include the wildlife sanctuaries of the Yala and Udawalawe National Parks, the holy city of Kataragama, and the ancient cities of Tissamaharama, Kirinda and Galle. (Although Galle is an ancient city, almost nothing survives from before the Portuguese invasion.) During the Portuguese period there were two famous Sinhalese poets called Andare who was from Dickwella and Gajaman Nona who was from Denipitiya in Matara District, composing poems on common man.