Thalpe Beach in the Southern Province (දකුණේ තල්පේ මුහුදු වෙරළ)

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The southern coast of Sri Lanka is a paradise for beach enthusiasts, with its abundance of sunshine, turquoise waters, and gently swaying palm trees. Amidst the renowned beaches such as Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa, lies a hidden treasure – Thalpe Beach.

Thalpe is a small coastal village just 10 km to the East of Galle town.

Thalpe offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of other beaches. If you crave a serene atmosphere for relaxation, this is your spot. Imagine long stretches of golden sand, calm blue waters lapping at the shore, and the gentle rustle of palm leaves overhead. Here, you can truly unwind and soak up the beauty of Sri Lanka’s coastline.

One of Thalpe’s most fascinating features is its natural rock pools. These aren’t just any rock pools – they were carved out over 50 years ago! Locals carved these rectangular pools in the coral reef and filled them with coconut husks to soak them in order to separate the coir from the husk. This was done mainly during April and May when the weather was clear and the water calm. Once the importance of the coral reef was understood, they abandoned this practice and moved their pits to land.

Today these pits have turned this beach into a much sought-after unique beach. However, you need to be watchful of Sea Urchins on the corals.

Bordering the beach are beach villas catering to every tourist’s needs. For additional accommodation choices, the renowned Unawatuna Beach is only 6 km away. Given the beach’s popularity, weekends tend to draw large crowds of local tourists. Thus, weekdays are recommended for a more peaceful visit to this stunning destination.

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Traveling Directions to Thalpe Beach

Route from Colombo to Thalpe Beach
Via: Southern Expressway
Distance :131 km
Travel time : 2.15 hours
Driving directions : see on Google map

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