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Tangalle

Tangalle

තංගල්ල

தங்கல்லை
Town
View of the harbor with a Buddhist dagoba on the left
View of the harbor with a Buddhist dagoba on the left
Tangalle is located in Sri Lanka
Tangalle
Tangalle
Coordinates:
Country Sri Lanka
Province Southern Province
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)
 • Summer (DST) Summer time (UTC+6)

Tangalle (Sinhala තංගල්ල ) is a big town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is one of the largest towns in southern province. It is located 195 km (121 mi) south of Colombo and 35 km (22 mi) east of Matara. It has a mild climate, in comparison to the rest of the district, and sandy beaches.

Etymology

The name of the town in Sinhala means "projected rock", a reference to the rocks which form the coastline in the town area, which contrasts with the sandy beach of the surrounding areas. Another rationale is that the name is derived from ran-gala or "golden rock", which relates to a local legend that a holy man once ate a meal there and the rock was turned to gold.

Tangalle is a regionally important fishing port and a centre of tourism. In the city centre there is an old Dutch fort which is used as a prison today.

Attractions

View of the main road
View of Tangalle beach
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