Things to do in Tangalle

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Tangalle: Yala National Park Wildlife Safari

1. Tangalle: Yala National Park Wildlife Safari

The tour starts with pickup from your accommodation in Tangalle, then the adventure begins as you head out to Ruhunu Yala National Park to explore its 126,786 hectares. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of elephants, leopards, spotted deer, sambhur, crocodiles, mongoose, wild boar, wild buffalo, along with many other animals. In addition, more than 130 bird species are recorded to live here, including the resident and winter visitors. Throughout the safari, search for the world’s most concentrated number of leopards, sloth bears, and elephants, as your knowledgeable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads. Learn about the animals that live here and the work that is done to preserve this natural habitat. Admire the stunning scenery of the park, which sits alongside the Indian Ocean and is a rich haven for over 250 varieties of animals and birds. This is an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with a lifetime of memories.

Tangalle: Half-Day Udawalawe Safari

2. Tangalle: Half-Day Udawalawe Safari

Your experience begins as you are picked up in the morning or afternoon from your hotel in Tangalle. From there, relax on the 2-hour drive to the Udawalawa National Park. Along the way, learn how the park was created in the 1970s to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. Upon arrival to the park, go for a safari drive by Jeep and look for the thriving elephant population in its natural habitat. You can also search for other indigenous wildlife, such as buffalo, wild boar, sambhur, and hare. Now the third-most-visited park in Sri Lanka, Udawalawe is also an important nature reserve for 50 species of butterflies and many species of birds. At the conclusion of your big day out, you'll journey back to Tangalle to be dropped off back to your accommodation.

From Tangalle: Shuttle to Ella with Yala Safari

3. From Tangalle: Shuttle to Ella with Yala Safari

Combine a transfer from Tangalle to Ella with a day trip to Yala National Park. Experience the immense biodiversity on this Sri Lankan animal safari. After being picked up at your accommodation in Tangalle, you will arrive at Yala National Park, meet your local guide and board an an open-topped jeep to get the best views and photo angles. See the animals during the day when they are the most active. Watch for leopards, sloth bears, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, water buffalos, and a large variety of bird species. Heading back to your air-conditioned car for the ride to your accommodation in Ella.

Yala National Park: 3-Day Private Luxury Glamping Experience

4. Yala National Park: 3-Day Private Luxury Glamping Experience

Immerse yourself in the nature of South Asia and embark on a glamping adventure at the 2nd largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala. Upon arrival at Tissamarama, check into your luxurious campsite and get acquainted with the onsite amenities. Spend some time to relax, savor a delicious lunch at the campsite’s main restaurant or at one of the many outdoor locations. Venture out into the wilderness on a game drive to explore the natural landscapes of Sri Lanka. Keep an eye out as you look for leopards in their natural habitat. Afterward, head back to camp and freshen up before drinks, appetizers, and a delicious meal around the campfire. Wake up to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee, leave the campsite, and trek through thick bushes with pathway access to a wonderful lake that offers breathtaking views and bird watching opportunities. Encounter elephants, deer, palm squirrels, wild boar, both endemic and migratory birds, butterflies, and land monitors slithering around the lake. Listen to singing birds while you eat breakfast by a private lake. Return to camp for lunch before heading out on a game drive at Bundala National Park which harbors a rich birdlife, including several species of migratory waterfowl. Take an alfresco shower followed by drinks and appetizers around the campfire before tucking into a BBQ meal. Leave for a morning game drive before breakfast. After a refreshing breakfast, check out and return to your hotel.

From Colombo: Day Trip to Galle City, Koggala and Tangalle

5. From Colombo: Day Trip to Galle City, Koggala and Tangalle

Discover southern Sri Lanka's coastal culture on this day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Colombo, head to the seaside city of Galle. Stop for breakfast at the restaurant of your choice before your walking tour of the city begins. Enjoy a guided tour of Galle's renowned fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the Dutch colonial era. Later, wander through the maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with colonial period buildings and old merchant houses where generations of Moorish families still live. Visit colonial period churches, a lighthouse, and several museums. Along the way, stop by for a cup of Ceylon Tea or fresh king coconut.  After your tour of Galle, travel to Koggala to observe the stilt fishermen, who are one of the most iconic figures in Sri Lanka. Watch them as they fish and get the chance to learn how to fish for yourself from one of the fishermen. Stop for lunch at the restaurant of your choice before continuing to Tangalle. Spend some time soaking up the atmosphere of the palm-fringed bays and picturesque coves of Tangalle. Take a dip in the bay's crystal-clear waters or relax on white-sand beaches before beginning the journey back to Colombo in the evening.

CMB Airport: Private Transfer Weligama, Mirissa & Tangalle

6. CMB Airport: Private Transfer Weligama, Mirissa & Tangalle

Take the stress out of airport commutes by pre-booking your own private airport transfer between Bandaranaike International Airport and Weligama, Mirissa, or Tangalle. Rest back knowing you will be dropped off at your required destination conveniently, safely, and in comfort. Be picked up by your driver from the airport arrivals hall or hotel, and spot a placard with your name on it. Allow them to help you and your luggage to the vehicle. Tailor your private transfer to your needs by indicating what you need when you book, including group size. Sit back and relax while your transit is taken care of. Take the shortest and fastest available route to reach your destination on time. Talk to the driver and stop for refreshments whenever you need them.

From Ella: Tangalle Shuttle with Yala National Park Safari

7. From Ella: Tangalle Shuttle with Yala National Park Safari

Combine a transfer from Ella to Tangalle with a day trip to Yala National Park. Experience the immense biodiversity on this Sri Lankan animal safari and stop to eat a delicious packed meal. After being picked up at your accommodation in Ella, you will arrive at Yala National Park, meet your local guide and board an an open-topped jeep to get the best views and photo angles. See the animals during the day when they are the most active. Watch for leopards, sloth bears, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, water buffalos, and a large variety of bird species. Heading back to your air-conditioned car for the ride to your accommodation in Tangalle.

From Tangalle: Private Transfer to Colombo Airport (CMB)

8. From Tangalle: Private Transfer to Colombo Airport (CMB)

Enjoy a relaxing and comfortable private transfer between your hotel in the Tangalle area to Colombo Or Bandaranaike International Airport. Travel safely in a licensed vehicle with a professional driver. A friendly chauffeur will meet and greet you at your hotel in Tangalle. Your chauffeur will proceed with escorting you and your luggage to the vehicle. Experience a comfortable journey in an air-conditioned private vehicle directly from the hotel. The journey will take approximately 3-4 hours depending on the traffic and weather conditions. Travel without having to worry about pre-booking or last-minute searching. Feel free to let your chauffeur know if you need to stop for refreshments or emergencies. At the end of your trip, your driver will drop you at the destination and assist you with your luggage before bidding a farewell. 

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What people are saying about Tangalle

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4.8 / 5

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Great organization, unfortunately a little bit of animals seen ...