Mirissa Beach Sri lanka

A couple of kilometres beyond Weligama, the picture-perfect swathe of sand at the village of MIRISSA was formerly the island’s most
famously “undiscovered” beach.

The days when you could expect to have the place almost to yourself are long gone, but although the
the village now attracts a steady stream of visitors, its beach remains one of the prettiest on the island, with a narrow strip of sand backed by a dense thicket of coconut palms which manage to camouflage most signs of human presence Mirissa is designed for sitting and being, not for doing. Having said that, the water is deliciously clear and, around the reefs and rocks at either end, it’s excellent for snorkelling. Surfers will find an inconsistent but fun right point at the western end of the bay.

Many of the guesthouses have snorkelling and surfing gear to rent. If you do need to move, then there are some pleasant walks.

One heads up a steep series of steps from the main road to the small Kandavahari temple, while the headland
is a good spot to view Weligama Bay. The one activity that almost every visitor to Mirissa takes part in is a whale-watching boat trip. Rooms only have cold water unless otherwise specified. Look for signs along the main road. Many places to stay serve meals.

As far as food goes, there are around half a dozen beach-shack restaurants serving up almost identical seafood and traveller ‘cuisine’ to a reggae soundtrack. Two of the better ones are Sea Fresh Restaurant and Café Mirissa. Prices at both these are around 25% cheaper than in the hotel restaurants.

The bus fare from Weligama is Rs 9; a threewheeler costs Rs 250. From Matara the bus fare is Rs 17. If you’re heading to Colombo, it’s better to catch a bus to Matara and change, as many buses will be full by the time they pass through Mirissa.

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