Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
A small intimate villa which can be booked as a whole thus making it a very popular choice for families - they do however only accept children over the age of 12 years.
Great views directly out to the rolling waves of the ocean, but unfortunately this means there is no sea swimming from the property
As a small property there is no restaurant so meals are served in the open-sided garden pavilion overlooking the sea - although there is a varied menu during a longer stay you may feel you want to venture out for meals
A stylish and chic beach retreat this property is great value for money
Located just off the main south coast road, we were concerned about traffic noise but surprised that the newly built wall blocked out most sounds - light sleepers may want to opt for the forward facing sea-facing rooms
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.
Coco Tangalla is a chic six-bed-roomed, colonial-period villa perched on a small rise directly overlooking the Indian Ocean on the south coast of Sri Lanka in Tangalle. It can be booked in part or as a whole and can accommodate up to thirteen people.
The interiors of Coco Tangalla are simple but stylishly decorated with a mixture of modern furniture and period antiques, local art and infusions of colourful, exotic fabrics. The living and dining areas introduce some art deco features, which help to create informal rooms in which to relax.
Stepping out onto the front terrace, the stunning infinity pool is located just a few steps below the main house and overlooks the Indian Ocean. There is an ambalama next to the house where you can sit, lounge and read between refreshing dips in the pool. This is also a great spot to watch the sunset.
Meals are served in the open sided garden pavilion overlooking the sea. Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, Chinese and western cuisine is served and is prepared by the chef using fresh seafood purchased daily from the local fisherman and vegetables from the local market.
As the property is not in a suitable place from which to go swimming in the sea, guests at CocoTangalla are welcome to spend a morning at their sister property, The Last House, which is 10 minutes away in Tangalle bay. The turquoise seas fronting The Last House are ideal for swimming and snorkelling during the season if you are looking for a change of scenery you may also dine here.
The Main House consists of three doubles and one twin room. Adjacent to the main house is the annex with two more bedrooms. These rooms can interconnect if required, and are ideal for a family.
There is no conventional restaurant as this is a small property. All meals are served in the open sided garden pavilion overlooking the sea and created by the in house chef.
The south coast offers an attractive mix of beaches, history, wildlife and adventure. The beaches are secluded, long and unspoiled by overdevelopment. An extensive coral reef along the coast, has given rise to several bays, which are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Just four kilometres away from Tangalle is Seenimodara, one of south coast’s best beaches. For wildlife enthusiasts, there is the Yala National Park, home to many species of animals including the elusive Leopard. Bundala’s wetlands, which combines 20km of beach, lagoons and scrub jungle hosts more than 150 bird species. Visit Rekuwa, a small fishing village near Tangalle where a fascinating Marine Turtle Conservation project is helping to save this endangered species. Mirissa Water Sports offers several activities including whale watching, snorkeling, sailing, river trips, and sea kayaking.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
This is a very attractive hotel situated in Tangalle itself. The grounds are well tended with attractive public areas. There is easy access to the sea from the garden and two of the rooms have lovely sea views. I was particularly impressed with the service as there was nothing the staff would not do for you.
Emma Neale (Staff)
I loved this chic retreat especially the simple but stylish decor. The rooms are lovely but not huge which is worth noting if you like to spead out a lot. I think the best thing about this property though is the views out to sea and watching the waves. Although you cannot swim in the sea the lovely pool more than compensates for this.
Cycling Tour outside Galle
Spend half a day cycling through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside outside Galle.
Early Morning Visit to Kudawella Fishing Harbour
Get up early (leave around 7am) to go to Kudawella Fishing Harbour. Take a walk around the small harbour packed full of fishermen selling their catch.
Explore Galle Fort
While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.
Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle
Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.
Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul
During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.
Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host
Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort. Much of the old Fort and the township still remain, within its well-preserved bastions including its public buildings, churches, the famous lighthouse and a maze of narrow cobbled streets.
Hopper Cooking Class at Why House
The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
Kanneliya Rainforest Trek
One of Sri Lanka's hidden secrets, Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve is an enchanting forest reserve which is home to some incredible wildlife. Within the thick canopy, explore this wild and undisturbed scenery, accompanied by your wildlife tracker.
Morning Safari - Yala National Park
Head into Yala National Park in the early morning to marvel at the range of wildlife, particularly the leopards for which the park is renowned.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colourful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
Shared Afternoon Safari - Yala National Park
Enjoy a evening safari in Yala National Park. Yala is a must for anyone wanting to spot the elusive leopard, and with over 250sqkm / 96sqm of land to explore, you will likely have some luck in spotting not only leopard, but sloth bear and elephants.
Visit a Cinnamon Plantation
Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.
Visit to Mulkirigala Rock Temples
Located near Tangalle, the Mulkirigala Rock Temples are home to seven ancient cave temples. Like the iconic Dambulla caves in the Cultural Triangle, here lies a number of reclining Buddha statues and fascinating cave paintings from the Kandyan Kingdom.
Walking Tour of Galle Fort
Go on a walking tour of Galle with a local resident / guide.
Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing
Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.
Whale and Dolphin Cruise from Mirissa
Go on whale and dolphin cruise in Mirissa in the months of December to March.
Whale and Dolphin Watching by Private Catamaran
On this full day boat trip you will have the opportunity to spot vast amounts of marine life from blue whales, false ores, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.
Whale Watching by Private Speedboat
Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.
Location & directions
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Tangalle is located along the southern coast of Sri Lanka .
How to get there
The direct journey to Tangalle from Colombo’s international airport via the Southern Highway will take about 4-hours. Alternatively there is an Air Taxi service which flies to Dickwella and is about 10 minutes drive away from the villa.
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