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
District Hambantota
  Type Tangalle Municipal Council
  Mayor Anil Sellahannadhi
  Headquarters Tangalle Town Hall
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)
  Summer (DST) Summer time (UTC+6)
Postal Code 82200
Area Code 047

Tangalle (Sinhala තංගල්ල [ˈtaŋɡalːə], Tamil: தங்கல்லை) (also known as Tangalla) is a large town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is one of the largest towns in southern province. It is located 195 km (121 mi) south of Colombo and 35 km (22 mi) east of Matara. It has a mild climate, in comparison to the rest of the district, and sandy beaches.

Tangalle is a regionally important fishing port, situated on one of the largest bays in Sri Lanka, which is protected from the ocean by an enclosing reef.[1][2] It is a centre of tourism and a popular holiday destination on the south coast. In the town centre there is an old Dutch fort which is used as a prison today.[3][4] The Dutch and subsequently the British used Tangalle as an important anchorage on the southern coast of the island. The Dutch Fort, Rest House and Court House are a few remaining examples of Dutch architecture in Tangalle.


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. Another rationale is that the name is derived from ran-gala or "golden rock", which relates to a local legend that a holy man once ate a meal there and the rock was turned to gold.






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