The spice of life in Tangalle, Sri Lanka

From discovering Ceylonese tea culture to surfing the waves, the old-world charm and untamed landscapes of Sri Lanka beckon and Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is the perfect base from which to explore

Gain a local perspective. Seeing a destination through the eyes of a local offers a real feel for the culture. Step forward the line-up of dedicated Anantara ‘gurus’, each of whom can show you a different side to Tangalle. From the Coconut Guru who can shimmy up a palm and fetch you a drink to the Experience Guru who’ll take you on a tour of the town’s markets, cottage industries and temples, there is plenty to discover.

Be an eco explorer. Learn about the rich ecosystem of the resort, which is nestled within a coconut plantation on Sri Lanka’s southernmost shores, by embarking on the complimentary 90-minute nature walk. Visit the organic rice fields, learn about indigenous farming methods, tour the mangroves and see first-hand how sea turtles are being cared for and protected on this eye-opening outing.

Find your balance with Ayurveda. Sri Lanka is famous for Ayurvedic healing so if you’re eager to discover how ancient remedies and holistic therapies can boost your wellbeing, you’ve come to the right place. Head to the spa and select a nurturing programme – we rate Samabara, which offers an introduction to self-care through Ayurveda.

Surf the waves. Whether you’re new to the surfing scene or a pro chasing the biggest swells, Anantara Surf Centre by Tropicsurf will deliver a thrilling experience. It offers lessons and stand-up paddle boarding for all abilities, with expert guides to help you find the best spots.

Try a cooking class. Immerse yourself in the local culinary culture by preparing a meal from scratch. Journey to the fishing port to select your fresh catch and organic ingredients and then take it back to the resort where the chef will show you how to rustle up traditional dishes.

Taste teppanyaki. For a touch of drama with your dinner, head to Verala where the skilled master chef creates teppanyaki delights with Sri Lankan flair before your eyes. Set along the seafront, the casual dining venue is famous for its kottu roti – a hot and spicy local dish based on shredded flatbread.

Dinner with a view. Dine against a backdrop of stunning ocean vistas at the cliffside Il Mare, an award-winning fine dining restaurant that specialises in authentic Italian cuisine. Tuck into delicious seafood and handmade pasta dishes, complemented by a curated selection of fine beverages.

Get back to nature. Be sure to check out the multitude of protected forest reserves nearby, such as Udawalawe National Park and Yala National Park. In addition, you can make the 90-minute drive to Mirissa Harbour and take a boat out to sea for a chance to spot giant blue whales and dolphins – the best time to go is from December to April.

Rituals to remember.  Guests are welcomed by a number of indigenous ceremonies throughout their stay, such as folk songs sung to the beat of a drum upon arrival, daily conch shell playing at sunset and, when it’s time to leave, a blessing with flowers and water to wish you on your way.

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