Travel Guide


The palm-fringed beach, gentle waves, magnificent sunsets and fresh seafood at this coastal town evoke images of a tropical paradise.

Spend a day, weekend or weeks immersing yourself in the idyllic beach lifestyle of Mirissa. Mingle with a bohemian crowd and relax while sitting beneath the shade of a swaying palm tree. Learn to surf in calm, rolling waves and spot pods of playful dolphins. Mirissa lies on a peninsula at the eastern edge of Weligama Bay in southern Sri Lanka.

Mirissa Beach, a crescent-shaped stretch of soft golden sand framed by tall palms, is the town’s crowning glory. Bars and restaurants serving delicious seafood set up along the beach. Enhance your tan, cool off in the enticing water and stroll along the seashore to the Parrot Rock viewpoint. Arrive early to watch the sun rise and then linger all day until it drifts down behind Weligama Bay.

Try watersports such as bodyboarding, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. The medium-size waves are perfect for first-time surfers and intermediate riders looking to sharpen their skills. Beach watersports centers offer equipment rentals and classes.

Walk or catch a rickshaw to Mirissa Fisheries Harbour, located on the bay-facing side of town. See an assorted collection of brightly painted fishing boats, some of which appear to be centuries old. Join a wildlife-watching cruise to spot blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins. Sightings are almost always guaranteed between December and April.

Head away from the beach, rent a rickshaw and enjoy daytrips to nearby towns and villages. Experience time-honored fishing traditions at Weligama and explore the well-preserved Dutch colonial quarter of Galle. Visit the beaches, temples and 17th-century fort at Matara. Stand at the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent in Dondra.

Mirissa is 96 miles (155 kilometers) south of Colombo. Get here by catching a train from Colombo Fort station to either Matara or Weligama and taking a bus from there. Come from November to April for the best weather or during the rest of the year to avoid large crowds.

Peacock Villa
Peacock Villa
3 out of 5
Uluwajjagodawatta, Udupila, Mirissa, Southern
Situated near the beach, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mirissa Beach and Mirissa Fisheries Harbor. Polhena Beach and Star Fort are also within 9 mi (15 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"Fantastic helpful staff. lovely small property . I would not hesitate to recommend this place to my family and friends ."

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2019

Peacock Villa
Siri Wedamadura Villa
Siri Wedamadura Villa
3 out of 5
Koparamulla, Mirissa
The price is NZ$736 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Situated near the beach, this villa is steps away from Mirissa Fisheries Harbor and Mirissa Beach. Polhena Beach and Weligama Beach are also within 6 miles (10 ...
Siri Wedamadura Villa
Siri Wedamadura Villa by Colonial Villas in Sri Lanka
Siri Wedamadura Villa by Colonial Villas in Sri Lanka
Situated by the sea, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mirissa Beach, Mirissa Fisheries Harbor and Weligama Beach. Polhena Beach and Madiha Beach are also ...
Siri Wedamadura Villa by Colonial Villas in Sri Lanka
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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21 Sep. 2019

It was a reasonable place to visit just be careful when picking your hotel

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