Mirissa Beach

Crack open a coconut, slip into a hammock and rock gently in the breeze, allowing the hours, days and even weeks to slip calmly by. Welcome to sleepy Mirissa, which is 4km southeast of Weligama, and a place so idyllic that only a fool would ever want to leave.

Marvel at the blue whales on a boat trip from Mirissa. Pick your catch of the day, have it freshly grilled at a beachside restaurant, enjoy a cocktail, eat authentic roti for less than $1, and take a tuk-tuk to see the famed stilt fishermen near Weligama.

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Most of the foreshore remains the domain of coconut trees, You’ll need to go to Matara for most services, although there are internet and phone places, and small markets near town.

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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.

 

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