Sri Lanka is one of those countries that one can spend a lifetime travelling, experiencing and absorbing the warmth of the weather and studing people. Every week, Nation team will be travelling the country, a city each week, and we will share the experiences with you…
Our Wanderlust this week took us to Tangalle, a town in the Hambantota District of the Southern Province and one of the largest towns in Sri Lanka. Tangalle is often one of the greatest tourist attractions mainly because it is the perfect getaway to wide open spaces and the wide open beaches of the Southern part of Sri Lanka.
From the sandy beaches of the rocky coastline, to the beautiful hotels and tourist attractions Tangalle has to offer, it is not a surprise that both foreigners and locals find the time to travel to Tangalle and bask in the glory under the golden sun.
It is also a good fishing port and is one of Sri Lanka’s much populated fishing hubs.
Tangalle which means ‘projected rock’ in Sinhala, refers to the rocks which form the coastline in the town area, which contrasts with the sandy beach of the surrounding areas.
Places to go…
My love for travel took me to the City of Tangalle one day where I experienced the best day out ever.
And the first place my Wanderlust took me to, was to the Mulkirigala Rock Temple. The Rock Temple, which is also called the Raja Maha Viharaya is just beyond the turn-off at the Mulkirigala Junction.
The Mulkirigala Rock has a rich history, almost as rich as the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya or the Atha Gala in Kurunegala. The rock, which dates back to over a thousand years ago was also the site of a Buddhist Monastery.
The Raja Maha Viharaya consists of around seven caves where tourists and locals can visit. The Temple itself consists of ancient murals and caves along with a library discovered by a British Administrator, George Turnour. The Rock Temple’s importance climbed a few scales with the discovery of the ola leaves or palm script manuscripts which provided a great deal of help in translating the Great Chronicle of Mahavamsa.
After basking in the glory of the rich history in those cool caves and swooning over the library and ancient scrolls…a very friendly village monger told me that the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is the next best place to be in. So I immediately walked towards the east of the town, and each step brought me closer to the Sanctuary where I was promised an awe inspiring collection.