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Country rank: 3 out of 53 Places To Visit In Sri-lanka

Sub-Region: South Coast Sri Lanka


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Nearest Airport: Diyawanna Oya Airport (Check Flights)

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Mirissa Tourism

Mirissa, what was a faint old beach town on the Southern of Sri Lanka has risen to be one of the most popular surfing and whale watching destination. The beach town is situated 150 kms south of Colombo and is dotted with palm trees, blue waters and colourful boats adorning the shores.

Mirissa has a beautiful view along by the million things to do over here – Whale watching, Snorkelling, Surfing, Bodyboarding. The city offers the right balance between the calm days and lively nights by the beach.

The bright and lively coast has happy hours for a part of the day and candle-lit sea-food dinners once the sun sets. The clear waters bundled with turtles and aquatic life are a sight to behold.

From classic cocktail mixes to coconut induced delights, burgers from the beach shacks to kootu, rice and curry – Mirissa is a traveller’s paradise. A scooter ride away are the Weligama, Dalawella and Unawatuna beaches and if you’re lucky enough you’ll see how stilt fishing in the shallow waters. The Parrot rock, the iconic coconut island, Elephant transit home and Galle fort are some picturesque locations of this shoreline.

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November to May is the season for whale watching in Mirissa. During this time the waters are calm and hence suitable for tourists. Whales feed on Plankton, which the warm waters of this South coast are rich in and you can spot whales in abundance along with the whale watching club. A whale watching trip averages around LKR 6000.

Their traditional food is steamed rice served with chutney, coconut sambhol, lentils and a stew mutton, chicken or dried fish. Dewmini roti shop, Dhana’s curry pot, Roti Shop Mirissa are some of the renowned restaurants that habituate authentic Sri Lankan food. While little tuna sushi café, Zephyr bar and restaurant, Deltano’s pizza and pasta present a continental palette.

Gems from around the world were once traded through the Sri Lankan ports. The Mirissa market called Roosara pioneers in crafting gems into jewellery. Outside the Galle fort, you can get your hands on batik cloths, variety of gemstones and handicrafts. Also do not miss the memorable Sri Lankan tea in the tea shops around every corner!



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