Sri Lanka is famous for its spices and spice gardens which are used in aryuvedic medicine as well as in cooking. Wander through a tropical spice garden, smell the fragrances and experience the plants in their natural state.
Watch the sea water spurt out to towering heights when it thrusts water against the narrow rocky cove and pushes it through a hole in the rock bed with a ‘wheezing’ sound. Sometimes when the wind conditions are favourable the water sprouts up to a height of 30m. This is a rare and exciting natural sight and has been a crowd pleaser for many years. Also known as the Hummanaya.
Galle Fort - 79 km (approximately 1 hour 45 mins)
Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and then further developed by the Dutch and the British over the next 350 years. It covers nearly 4sqkm and is protected by 12 bastions and connecting ramparts. During the early 18th century, the Old Dutch Gate was the entrance to the Fort, but subsequently the British built the Main Gate that is still used today. Buildings of interest include the Dutch Reformed Church, All Saints Church, Amangalla Hotel (formerly the New Oriental Hotel), the lighthouse and bell tower. The Dutch also developed what was then an innovative tide-based sewage-system within the Fort.
Galle Fort is now comprised of a maze of narrow roads lined with small houses, restaurants, shops, villas and boutique hotels and is an utterly enchanting place to explore. The thick, high ramparts that protect and distinguish the Fort are today used for romantic evening strolls and early morning power-walks and offer wonderful views of the Indian Ocean. Wander through the quaint streets and explore the various art galleries, shops and eateries, or go on our Galle Fort Walking Tour to discover more about the history of the Fort and its vibrant, present-day multi-cultural society.
We now have a kayak for rent so you can cruise down the beautiful lagoon at the villa and see the amazing natural surroundings and birdlife. See our gallery for pictures.
Other activities in the area
Sri Lanka is globally recognised as one of the few places in the world where you can observe marine turtles in their natural habitat. Five out of seven of the world’s marine turtle species are found in Sri Lanka and come ashore in Rekawa to lay eggs, including green, loggerhead, hawksbill, olive ridley and leatherback.
The Rekawa Turtle Watch is a marine turtle conservation project which aims to protect the turtles’ nesting sites and ensure that the eggs can hatch safely. Visitors can go on ‘turtle watch’ any evening of the year, where the volunteers from the centre lead groups to the beach between 8:30pm and 11:30pm where you can watch the turtles laying eggs or returning to the sea. Waiting for turtles to appear can take a couple of hours, so patience is required. During the high season (April – July), 5-15 turtles appear each night, whereas during the low season (October – January) it is approximately 1-2. There is no guarantee that you will see a turtle, although sightings occur most nights of the year.
Safari in Yala National Park - 98 km (approximately 2 hours)
Yala National Park, situated in the south-east corner of the island, is home to the greatest variety of Sri Lanka’s wildlife. Comprised of five separate blocks covering 14,100 hectares, its varying habitats – consisting of scrub plains, jungles, rocky outcrops, forest, mangroves fresh water lakes, rivers and coastal lagoons – provide homes for many species of animals including sloth bear, herds of elephants, buffalo, monkeys, sambar, deer, crocodiles and the endangered leopard sub-species Panthera pardus kotiya, which is found only in Sri Lanka.
The dry months from May to September are the best time for viewing big game in Yala, including leopards and sloth bear. From October to April, Yala becomes home to many species of migratory birds and is a hotspot for bird watching. The first few months of the year are also good for observing leopard cubs.
Other nearby activities we can arrange include:
Surf sessions include:
Snorkeling sessions include:
Our team of local surfers have extensive experience surfing, snorkeling and fishing in the area. They have been teaching people to surf for many years and are passionate about sharing their love and respect of the ocean with others.
***More exciting news!!***
We are also very happy to announce that we are now offering Ayurvedic massage at Casa Tangalle. Our experienced, qualified Ayurvedic therapist will come to the villa on request and relax you with traditional treatments. Click here for Spa treatment menu
Mulkirigala Rock Temple Monastery
Situated 30 minutes inland from Tangalle, the ancient Mulkirigala Rock Temple is perched on an enormous boulder more than 200m high. According to ancient inscriptions carved on the rock Mulkirigala dates back almost 2,000 years when it was a site of a Buddhist monastery. The serene white Dagoba stands at the peak of the rock with magnificent coastal views. The temple complex consists of ancient murals, a recumbent Buddha statue, devalayas and several cave temples all of which are found at different levels while ascending the peak of the rock. This is a living temple that is visited by many devotees.
Casa Tangalle is now offering a surf and snorkel school for guests to experience and learn the wonder and joy of the Indian Ocean.
Activities slightly further afield
Whale watching - 43 km (approximately 1 hour)
Set out from Mirissa Harbour in the early morning and watch as spinner dolphins spiral and soar through the air beside the boat. Look out for other marine life too, including flying fish and sea turtles, as you move further out into the ocean. The conditions of the water surrounding Sri Lanka are particularly good for sperm whales and blue whales, and there is a 90% chance of spotting one on a whale watching expedition between December and March. The whole journey will last approximately three hours.
Other sightseeing adventures
Sri Lanka Tourism - http://www.srilanka.travel/index.php?route=common/home
Department of Wildlife Conservation -http://www.dwc.gov.lk/index.php/en/
Yala National Park -http://www.yalasrilanka.lk/
Blowhole landforms - http://worldlandforms.com/landforms/blowhole/