Tangalle

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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: 6°01′N 80°47′E / 6.017°N 80.783°E / 6.017; 80.783Coordinates: 6°01′N 80°47′E / 6.017°N 80.783°E / 6.017; 80.783
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 [ˈtaŋɡalːə]) 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 has a mild climate, in comparison to the rest of the district, and sandy beaches.

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.

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.

The town also serves as a starting point for visits to the rock temple of Mulkirigala.

View of the main road
View of Tangalle beach