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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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Whale Watching in Mirissa

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.

Local Food in Mirissa

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.

Shopping in Mirissa

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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What is the best time to visit Mirissa?

November to March is the best time to visit Mirissa, which is when the locals are nestled to welcome tourists from all over the world and give them a beautiful experience of their coast. While mid-October would be friendly on the pockets, it would also make it easier to find the secret beaches. The weather is on its best behaviour during these months. The climate is relatively warm with fewer chances of precipitation and the afternoons are quite breezy carrying a doze of the salty air. This fishing port is known for its tuna, mullet, snapper and butterfish, and there’s no better time than these months to find them in abundance. The spread of Sri Lankan and continental food for Christmas and the new year parties are gorgeous in Mirissa and gives Goa a run for its money!
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What are the things to do in Mirissa?

The top things to do in Mirissa are Surfing in Weligama, Mirissa, Whale Watching in Mirissa, Secret Beach, Mirissa , Doctor’s House, Mirissa, Diving in Mirissa, Parrot Rock, Mirissa. You can see all the places to visit in Mirissa here

What are the places near Mirissa?

The top places near to Mirissa are Galle which is 30 km from Mirissa, Colombo which is located 128 km from Mirissa, Kandy which is located 150 km from Mirissa, Nuwara eliya which is located 116 km from Mirissa, Anuradhapura which is located 262 km from Mirissa

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