Tangalle is an upcoming region of south Sri Lanka. Famed for its long sweeps of golden sand backed by groups of swaying coconut palms, its crocodile-filled river estuaries and rocky headlands where the sunsets are simply incredible, it’s not managed to establish itself as a surf mecca like the resorts further along the shoreline on the way to Galle and Colombo.
There are a few reasons for that. First, the area here faces southeast, so gets the full hit of dominant southeast swells when it’s in season (November to March). That’s not great for wave formation, because there’s no point to curl into and add shape or length to the waves. On top of that, Tangalle has managed to escape hotel development and towns are few and far between, so the place is really for honeymooners on the hunt for remote hotels by the Indian Ocean.
That said, we wouldn’t discount staying in Tangalle for surfing entirely. There are some places you can hit to catch some waves and it means returning to a peaceful part of Sri Lanka where you’ll keep the company of macaques and jungle birds instead of surf crews.
Tangalle is an upcoming region of south Sri Lanka, famed for its long sweeps of golden sand backed by groups of swaying coconut palms.
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|Beginner||Tangalle surf is taking you right out to the more remote spots that fringe the southern shores of Sri Lanka. The things is, there are actually not many well-known waves down this way. Short of giving away the secret local spots that are a joy to discover on your own, we’d say Tangalle surf is mainly light beach waves that are suited to the earliest beginners. Most of the surf schools in the town will head to Tallala Bay or Hiriketiya to do their lessons.|