Tangalle is situated on the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka. It is less developed than other popular coastal spots between Tangalle and Colombo and retains a rough and ready vibe that provides a slightly quirky setting for some of Sri Lanka’s finest beaches.
We passed this workshop walking from our guest house up into the small, bustling town. The guys working in there were friendly and quite relaxed about me taking a couple of photos.
Although my Sinhala is practically nonexistent I managed to communicate sufficiently using one or two words backed up with nods, smiles and gestures.
Often on our tavels I thought how fantastic it is that you can strike up a good rapport with many people even though verbal communication is removed from the equation. It seems a warm smile and a respectful way are highly valuable assets whilst travelling and it strikes me as a good idea to carry them at all times.
We spent a lot of time in Tangalle dealing with some complicated legal matters which led us into some quite bizarre and sometimes scary adventures.
Our highlight of being in Tangalle other than the stunning beaches was finding Hector and Charlotte who run Natural Holiday Inn close to Medaketiya beach.
Hector and Charlotte are the kindest friendliest hosts you could ever wish to meet.
Their smiles are extremely infectious, Charlotte’s food is absolutely delicious and a stay at Natural Holiday Inn will surely warm your heart and provide you with a truly wonderful experience.
You can see more images from Sri Lanka in our Sri Lanka vol 1 gallery. If you are lucky enough to visit Tangalle do send our love to Hector and Charlotte.