Patini Bungalows

Your home at the beach of paradise...


Tangalle is an authentic fishing village, from where you can get a feel of an aspect of real Sri Lankan life.


You can take a tuk tuk (400rs one way, we can call one for you) or walk 2km down the charming beach road for any shopping requirements. All kinds of shops and many banks with ATM are available in town.

At the daily market or the bigger weekly market (all day on Wednesdays and Sundays), you can find clothes, different materials (saree, sarong, fabric, etc), fruits, vegetables and ceramics.

Indika Art GalleryJust Look and Wise sell souvenirs from Sri Lanka. 

Art Gallery

Indika Pathmananda, a Sri Lanka's leading artist, shows his paintings at Indika Art Gallery at Madilla Beach (400m west from Patini).


Have a look at the colourful fishing harbour. The big boats are inside the main harbour (entry 100 LKR per person). The small boats are on the beach east side of the harbour or at Medaketiya Beach.

Bath or snorkel at Parewella beach, after the harbour, no wave at all, not deep. Perfect for the children. On the week-end and holiday, there could be a lot of locals, so better for the women to wear short and tshirt to bath. Be careful, this beach could have sandflies. You can enjoy the ocean and come back to your guesthouse to sun bath...

Diving / Snorkelling

A new diving center opened in 2018 at Tangalle, Ruhunu Diving Center. The few guests who went diving with them enjoyed a lot. Its TripAdvisor reviews are great.

Three snorkelling spots are available at or around Tangalle. They are not beautiful spots, but you can see some colourful fish.

  • at the beach of Tangalle harbour called also Navy beach or Parewella. It is nice to watch the fish while swimming. This beach is also perfect for the children to bath because no wave at all and not deep. On the week-end and holiday, there could be a lot of locals, so better for the women to wear short and tshirt to bath.
  • at Pallikkudawa Beach, in front of the Cactus Loung Restaurant, west side of Tangalle. It's a very good restaurant. Some times, a turtle can be seen in the bay. Some times, this turtle comes to the beach.
  • at Unakuruwa, about 6km from Patini west side, also a surfing spot. Unakuruwa Beach has two accesses; East and West sides of the bay. The East side is better for snorkeling and the west side is better for surfing. You could see a turtle near the beach some times.

Mask and tuba are available at Patini under your responsability (the lost has to be paid).

Further West, these following beaches offer beautiful spots for snorkeling:

  • at Polhena/Madiha, near Matara, about 1h drive from Patini. You can see turtles in the water near the beach.
  • at Mirissa, about 1h30 drive from Patini. You can go to watch whales in the morning and chill on the beach and snorkel in the afternoon.
  • at Unawatuna, about 1h45 drive from Patini. You can take a boat to go snorkel at nice spot... You can snorkel/dive in the morning and visit Galle Fort in the afternoon


You can surf at:

  • Unakuruwa, km 192, about 3km west side of Tangalle, about 6km from Patini west side. This surfing beach is a reef break, so for experiment surfers with a good skill. Beginners can surf from the main sandy beach. This beach is also for snorkelling (few colourful fish and sometimes a turtle) on the other side of the bay.
  • Hiriketiya, about 20km west side from Patini, just before Dickwella. This beach is for all kinds of surfers, beginners to good surfers. It's also a calm beach if the surfers leave you some rooms to bath...

If you like surfing lesson, you can contact Bandula Surfing School. Or you can contact him directly at +94776357734. Better to contact him enough in advance (even months before) to be sure to get a lesson, he is very busy. He is expensive because he is the only professional surfing coach in the area. Many cheaper surfing schools are available in Tangalle and directly at the surfing beaches.

We have body boards on request.

Cooking Classes

Some cooking classes are available at Medaketiya and Madilla. You can walk on the street and see the boards. Google and TripAdvisor give some contacts. Other classes are also available without being listed on these two websites.

Yoga Classes

Some Yoga classes are available at Medaketiya and Madilla. The Yoga teachers change regularly. The classes' availably depends on the season. On request, we can give you some tips where to find them at the time of your stay.

Meditation Classes

Chaminda from Alpha Monkey organises meditations with a monk on the beach. On request, we can give you his contact.