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Tangalla

The usual combination tuk tuks and bus got us from Tissa to the guest house we had reserved just to the west of Tengalla. We were across the road from an okay beach but it was mucb too dangerous to swim. The accommodation was very well appointed and spacious, had a pool and a pleasant restaurant area with good food. It was a bit upmarket from what we have normally had this trip - but it was Lindsey's birthday on the day we arrived!

On the second day we walked to the beach area to the east of town which went on for ever - getting better and more natural and wild the further we went. We eventually got to a really lovely spot by the Mangrove Chalets where there was a restaurant and, best of all, rocks/reef offshore which created a large safe area for bathing - regularly refreshed as the bigger waves came over the top. Really lovely to swim in the fresh sea and it was our first swim in the sea this trip. In fact, we liked it so much we did the same on our other day there.

In between, on our second evening we took a tuk tuk trip to Rekawe Beach, 10k east of Tangalla, hoping to see a turtle laying its eggs. It is the most important turtle nesting site in Sri Lanka - the Turtle Conservation Project there protects the nesting sites along the beach, carries out research into visiting turtles, encourages locals to protect the eggs from poachers and some act as guides for the tourists. Turtle watches are held nightly and, if turtle(s) arrive, tourists are taken to view one laying its eggs.

The whole process takes a couple of hours or more (most of the time digging a big hole for the nest and later filling it in after laying the eggs) and much of the time the visitors are kept a distance from the turtle so as not to disturb it. (At such times you stand/sit in the dark and just hear the periodic sound of great clouds of sand being scuffed up). Once our Green Turtle (about a metre long and apparently weighing about 150 kg) started to lay its eggs (average 120 in 20 minutes!), we were invited close to look in groups and then later, when she had filled in the nest and started her crawl back across the sand down to the sea, those who stayed were able to follow her until she returned (a lot lighter!) to the sea. (Practically impossible to get photos as it was rather dark and they only use red torches so as not to disturb the turtles - on the few photos uploaded you may see the eggs and the vague outline of a turtle!).

A pleasant and relaxing few days.

Tangalla - Medilla Beach

Tangalla - Medilla Beach


Guest House - Lindsey on balcony

Guest House - Lindsey on balcony


Guest house - spacious bedroom

Guest house - spacious bedroom


Guest house - our balcony

Guest house - our balcony


Guest house - view from balcony

Guest house - view from balcony


Guest House - breakfast

Guest House - breakfast


Tangalla town

Tangalla town


Beach area opposite guest house

Beach area opposite guest house


Beach area opposite guest house - birthday cheers!

Beach area opposite guest house - birthday cheers!


Beach area opposite guest house 1

Beach area opposite guest house 1


Rekawe Beach Turtle Watch

Rekawe Beach Turtle Watch


Green Turtle - laying eggs

Green Turtle - laying eggs


Green turtle - laying eggs

Green turtle - laying eggs


Green turtle - job done - crawling back to the sea

Green turtle - job done - crawling back to the sea


Green turtle - job done - crawling back to the sea

Green turtle - job done - crawling back to the sea


Tangalla - Medaketiya Beach

Tangalla - Medaketiya Beach


Tangalla - Medilla Beach

Tangalla - Medilla Beach


Tangalla - Medilla Beach - coke stop

Tangalla - Medilla Beach - coke stop


Tangalla - Medilla Beach

Tangalla - Medilla Beach


Tangalla - Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area

Tangalla - Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area


Tangalla - Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area

Tangalla - Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area


Tangalla - Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area

Tangalla - Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area


Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area - safe swims

Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area - safe swims


Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area - safe swims

Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area - safe swims


Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area - relax!

Medilla Beach - Mangrove Beach Area - relax!


Tangalla sunset

Tangalla sunset

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Sri Lanka

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