Mirissa

Mirissa is in southern Sri Lanka.

Understand

Mirissa is a beautiful little village with a nice beach and two surfing points. One for advanced surfers, and one for intermediate ones.

Get in

By bus

Take a bus heading to Matara from Fort in Colombo and ask to get out in Mirissa. A/C costs 370 Rupees. Regular costs 250 Rupees. Depending on when you go, a trip will take between 3.5 and 5 hours.

By train

Alternatively, you can take the train from Colombo Fort to Weligama (7 km from Mirissa) and then go by tuk tuk to Mirissa. A 2nd class train ticket costs 220 Rupees. The train schedule is available here. Trips take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours (depending on the train).

Get around

Mirissa is a small village, you can basically get everywhere on foot or if you are travelling to another beach, by the local bus service which is very regular and inexpensive. Be warned, the local Tuk Tuk owners are renowned for attempting to overcharge you. Scooters are becoming more common to rent at most guesthouses.

See

Do

Whale watching

In recent years blue whales have been spotted at Mirissa which has made it a tourist attraction. If you do decide to go whale watching please make it very clear to your guide / boat driver that you do not want to scare the whales by getting too close. Some of the guides are quite aggressive and it may cause the whales to go elsewhere.

Eat

Many different restaurants on the beach. Cheaper but still very tasty options are the Roti shops more inland.

Drink

In the beach bars around the beach.

Sleep

There is accommodation available for each type of traveller. You can find budget places starting from 1.000 Rupees in off season and 1.500 Rupees in season.

Budget

Splurge

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