Mirissa

Mirissa is the largest fishing port situated on South coast and is a famous stop over for travelers visiting Sri Lanka. It is a small beautiful village with two surfing points for advance surfers and intermediate surfers.

The golden sandy beaches secluded from all the hustle and bustle of the city and the town is largely un-touched by the modern concrete structures, creating a peaceful perfect tropical heaven.

Best time to visit Mirissa is between December and March, which is generally the driest months of the yea, however the Sri Lankan weather can be highly unpredictable due to having two different monsoon seasons.

Things to do in Mirissa

Dolphin & Whale Watching

Mirissa is considered one of the best places to see blue whales in the world. The main whale watching season is during November to April with recorded 95% of the sightings. Aside from the blue whales Mirissa is famous for dolphins, orcas, sperm whales, whale sharks, turtles and profusion of other marine life to keep you occupied throughout the stay.

Palm Tree Grove

This spot is renowned as the best corner to watch sunset in Mirissa. The beautifully lined-up Coconut Trees trimming around this large dirt mound leading to the sea creates a unique view point of the most picturesque setting.

Surfing

Equipped with relatively large waves, Mirissa caters from beginners to intermediate surfers.  October to March considered blessed with ideal surfing conditions.

Secret Beach

Not so much a secret anymore, thanks to people like us, Blogging and spreading the word. But luckily due to the difficult terrain, it is never a busy place. If you like hiking and beach this is just the thing for you, as the beach is only accessible by foot.

The Secret beach is formed with Blue Lagoon, Palm Cove, and Shelly Beach all offering plenty of things to enjoy including snorkeling, swimming in tidal rock pool, spotting wildlife and birdwatching.

 

Be a Foodie

Well, when you’re in a coastal town, trying all sorts of seafood should be on everyone’s bucket list unless you’re a vegetarian of course. And vegetarian shouldn’t get discouraged either because the diversity of the food here is vast and you can always try few of the hundreds of Sri Lankan curries available in almost every restaurant.

Night Life

Mirissa is always lively regardless of the high or low season. Almost all the bars offering happy-hour during sunset, you will be able to enjoy your favorite cocktail for only couple of dollars. Night parties, beach parties, night clubs and many entertaining activities available in most of the beach bars will keep you party animals up all night.

Day Trips from Mirissa

Weligama Beach - 10 minutes

Delawella Beach - 15 minutes

Koggala Beach - 35 minutes

Unawatuna Beach - 1 ½ hours

How to Get There

Located 154Km from Colombo, plenty of transport options available that fits any budget category, the Air-conditioned and normal busses available throughout the day from Fort and Kottawa bus stations. Alternatively you can take the train from Fort Train Station to Weligama and take the bus or tuk tuk to Mirissa (7 km from Weligama).

How to Get Around

Mirissa is a small enough town to reach everywhere by foot. If walking is not your style then may be hiring a scooty might interest you. However, driving in Sri Lankan traffic can be daunting for most of the visitors, if you’re in that category tuk tuks are available around the clock, but do talk to the hotel/accommodation staff and get a rough idea how much it costs and negotiate with the driver before you get in.

Note: There is always room to haggle when it comes to tuk tuks. 

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