Tangalla - Sri Lankan Coast

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Sep 05, 2007


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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

We ate breakfast early this morning and left on a direct bus to Tangalla, we were lucky we got seats this time, and the manic driver sped through each and every town on the way..so we were here in Tangalla by late morning.

We arrived at the bus station, unsure what to expect, Tangalla was one of towns hit badly by the 2004 Tsunami, when you think that its only just over a year ago - and our guidebook was written before it happened, we diddnt know how much of our book would be relevant.

Well, the guesthouse which we picked out of the guidebook has obviously been renovated, as have a lot of the buildings on the main stretch of beach, the unfortunate thing is, that a lot of them havent, there are part buildings all over the place, some just deserted, others where people obviously just dont have the money to rebuild, and other huge bare spaces along the beach - where something must have once stood. There is debris lying on the side of the beach from the Tsunami - which really puts things into perspective.

Its really sad, but the Sri Lankans have certainly picked themselves up and started again - there is a lot of work been done and a lot being done.

Apart from us, there is only one other couple staying in our hotel, and we have only seen one other couple apart from them on the beach, for a tourist town, there arent many tourists, and as this is a main income in this area they desperatly need tourists now more than ever...people as always in Sri Lanka are so friendly, but you can tell from their faces here that they are especially pleased to see you.

Tangalla, is and has always been a quiet resort town, we have a beautiful room with balcony overlooking the sandy, palm tree lined beach, the sea is a mixture of blue and turquoise, its so pretty...we are going to stay here a few days before we move further down the coast.

Its a stunning stretch of coastine, really pretty and they need visitors more than ever...so VISIT NOW, and help them rebuild some of what was lost.

Ali and Matt
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