Talpe offers spellbinding sunsets, the unusually long stretch of beach here with its swimming pool-like basin of a sea, it is the ideal holiday destination for beach lovers. Because it’s still being discovered by the industry, the beach remains largely unspoiled and is a great spot for a quiet dip or a nice, long, uninterrupted nap on a deckchair outside its one (and highly recommended) beach restaurant, Wijaya Beach. Located just a couple of kilometres south of the better known Unawatuna Bay, Talpe is just a 15-minute tuk ride from Galle town – even less from the Southern Expressway exit and is one of the most easily accessible beaches in the south. There are a number of activities available for those looking to do more than just wade the breathtaking waters. There is snorkeling – watch out for those giant turtles who make regular appearances – kayaking and, best of all, swinging on a rope hanging from a tall coconut tree inclined over the water. It’s an exhilarating experience to swing across the tree and dive feet-first into the inviting water below. Keep an eye out for the iconic stilt fishermen who can be seen perched precariously all along this stretch of coastline.