Discover hotels and villas for winter-sun holidays in Tangalle, Sri Lanka

Here, nature rules; calm fishing boat-flocked coves carpet a zig-zaggedy stretch of coastline west of town and wild turtle-trampled beaches extend eastwards for miles. Watersports and whale-watching beckon if you're feeling adventurous, with spas and spicy cuisine back on shore for spoiling yourself. Beyond Tangalle's seductive sands, explore the lush green interior of paddy fields, rock temples and national parks, a wow for wildlife safaris. Sri Lanka's shape is often likened to a tear-drop but we reckon a sojourn on its sleepy southern shores should put a smile on your face.

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