Mirissa South Travel Guide
Fruit of our labour!
Madu's cookery class
Madu from Amarasinghe's guesthouse offers Sri Lankan cookery courses twice daily. They last for about 2 hours and you can eat the food afterwards. When we were there, we were 7 people in one class; the sheltered outdoor kitchen offers enough space. The day before when we...
All along the southern coast of Sri Lanka you can spot wooden 'stilts' sticking up from the water. These wooden stilts are what local fishermen have traditionally used as fishing posts from which they catch their daily quota of fish. While the tradition is slowly dying out...
The sunsets at Mirissa are special and there are many places to enjoy the sunset while sipping a beer or cocktail. The bar shacks at the eastern end are the best places to enjoy the view or better yet make the short walk/paddle out to the offshore island for spectacular...
While locations further west along the southern coast have gained more of a following among the surfing fraternity, Mirissa has recently started attracting a fair number of surfers thanks to its right break at the western end of the beach. Some bars and guesthouses rent...
At the eastern end of Mirissa Beach is a small island which has just about been cut off from the mainland. You can easily wade out to the island from the beach, athough people with young children should take care as currents do swell up through the narrow channel between the...
This is what people come to Mirissa for. Nobody will blame you for being lazy at Mirissa, you will be immediately forgiven for throwing down a towel and spending the entire day in an immovable prone position only stirring to cool down in the clear turquoise water, grab a...
Beach, beach, beach...
The reason finding yoursef in Mirissa is just one: Beach holidays!Given its fine sand beach lined with palm trees, the plentiful and cheap accommodation it's a much wiser option to enjoy swimming than any other place on the south shore of Sri Lanka.Luckily most of...
Ancient Tree Guesthouse: A real taste of Sri Lanka
The welcome is as warm and bright as the weather and nothing was too much trouble for our lovely hosts Pushpa & Lal, starting with fresh fruit, eggs, curds, toast & coffee for breakfast to tea and home- made lemon drinks in the afternoon. Plus a really good Sri Lankan...
Ancient Tree Guesthouse: An unknown gem behind the beach
We were so glad we found this place.Set back a few meters from the zoo that tourist beaches can be at times, Pushpa And Lal's little 2 room guesthouse is exactly what we wanted. We were recommended this place after the place we had booked prior was full for a night...we wish...
Central Beach Inn: Budget Beachfront
While we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Amarasinghe Guest House after two nights we decided to spend one night down by the beach to sample another side of Mirissa at night. We chose the Central Beach Inn based on its reasonable price, location right on the beach and its...
Amarasinghe Guest House: Surrounded by Nature
While the beach is the main draw to Mirissa, the interior does offer a different take on Sri Lankan life with rich forest and gently flowing streams and the beauty of staying at Amarasinghe Guest House is that you can enjoy as much beachy bliss as you like during the day...
Ancient Tree Guesthouse: A Wonderful Guesthouse
We were meant to be travelling around Sri Lanka but after one night at this wonderful accomodation we decided to spend the entire duration of our holiday here. The room we stayed in was fantastic. It was nicely decorated and very spacious. There was also an ensuite, which...
Ancient Tree: The kindest hospitality ever
If you - like us - travel on a budget, but don't compromise on cleanliness and comfort - this could be an ideal place to stay. (It is an issue in Sri Lanka sadly) 5 minutes from the beach you will have the pleasure of looking at the monkeys, squirrels and birds playing...
sea fresh: fresh seafood
Besides the paradise beach club,they have a relative good service for mirissa , and they have enough light that you can see the food
In the most restaurant in mirissa they work veru slow and normally you have to wait avbout one hour for the food.
the restaurants in the beach are simple huts,and the tables are on the sand ,at night there is little light and therefore sometimes you hardely see the food in the dish
Favorite Dish: grilled fish
Written Mar 5, 2011
Address: besides the paradise beach club
Beach Shacks: Sundowners
+When we visited Mirissa, the locals were just starting to set up for the high season and so there wasn't a huge amount happening at night in Mirissa. We weren't particularly looking for mad nightlife anyway so it suited us fine. There was a selection a beach bars and shacks serving food and drink but after midnight there wasn't much happening and the bars were quiet. Even in the high season Mirissa doesn't have to nightlife of other southern beaches but that isn't what this place is about anyway so if you want crazy nightlife I wouldn't pick Mirissa in the forst place. However, if you want a quiet and relaxing place to sample some seafood and sip a few beers while while chatting and listening to the laping waves then Mirissa is perfect :)
Written Nov 2, 2011
Bus to Mirissa
While we had our own transport while in Sri Lanka which us great flexibility to explore the region Mirissa is still easy to get to by public transport. While the train line does relatively close to Mirissa on the way to Matara, the station is inconveniently located and badly...
By bus or train to Colombo
If you want to go by bus or train to Colombo it´s better to go back to Matara, where bus and train are starting and you can choose your seat, in Mirissa (or Weligama for the train) the bus will be allready full.
Moving around the coast: tuk-tuk
A more fan and easier way to tour around the south coast from place to place are tuk-tuks. These are motor tricycles. You can hire one for the day and you can tour and make as much stops as you want en route. But first negotiate the price. Keep in mind that the roads in Sri...
The beautiful waters of Mirissa Beach may look as inviting as a warm bath but the turquoise water hide dangerous rip tides and string currents. You won’t have been in the water long before you feel the strong tug of the water as your feet try to dig into the soft sand beneath your feet. You definitely don’t want to underestimate the powerful currents in this bay and you are strongly advised to stay close to the shore. During our time at Mirissa we saw more than one person get into trouble and at one point we had to rush to the help of a young girl who got into difficulty when body boarding. If you are not a confident swimmer, stick to paddling or shallow swimming while at Mirissa.
Written Nov 2, 2011
More a barn than a farm, the snake farm is located about 7 km out of Mirissa. The owner -who acts also as a an ayuverdic practitioner- we’ll name you the snakes, will irritate the cobras so you can have a nice picture of it (you have to pay for every picture you take) and when you finish with the snakes he will present you oils and potions that he makes himself and –of course- you can buy. The good think is that he is not very pushing (if you want to buy remember that, once again, bargaining is the key word).… To visit the snake farm you have to hire a three-wheeler in Mirissa.
Written Aug 21, 2007
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