A rewarding half-day trip from Tangalla combines the Hoo-maniya blowhole, the Wewurukannala temple with its enormous Buddha statue and the absorbing rock temples of Mulkirigala. All local guesthouses should be able to arrange a combined round-trip by tuktuk to these three places; the current going rate is around Rs.2500 for two people. Other interesting local excursions include evening trips to spot turtles coming ashore at Rekawa, while Tangalla can also be used as a base for trips to the little-visited wetlands of the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary en route to Hambantota.
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To reach the places listed below, take the turning off the main coastal highway towards the coast at Gurupokuna junction, 2km west of Hungama (signed 4km to Kalametiya; it’s very close to the 214km post). Follow this road for 3km to reach a fork; the right-hand turning leads to Aqua Beach; the left-hand fork leads to Turtle Bay.