Gayana was about the 6th place we checked out in Tangalle before agreeing to check in. The price at 2,500 rupees was reasonable, and the rooms were spacious, bright and airy - with a good-sized balcony overlooking the beach. All rooms have large comfortable four-poster beds with nets in place. The young lads that actually run the place are friendly and helpful, though we rarely saw the "actual" management.
The location for both beach and town is perfect, and if you like walking you can literally walk for hours along the beach eastwards from here. I wouldn't advise consuming anything at Gayana because of their inflated prices, but nearby is the excellent Breeze Guesthouse Beach Restaurant (surrounded by flaming coconuts in the evening), where you can eat and drink very well and very reasonably, in a beautiful beach setting.
On the beach itself, don't be surprised if you get roped into (pardon the pun) helping the local fisherman haul in their catch of fish (make sure to take a hat, as this can last a while...). If you go for a swim, avoid any rocky patches of beach as the waves can be quite unforgiving.
We actually returned to Gayana for an extra night, after a very underwhelming stay further up the beach at Palm Paradise Cabanas (see our other review).
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