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Things To Do In Mirissa
On the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District is the crescent-shaped Mirissa, a beach village which is one of the cleanest places, with a number of beach shacks along the coastline. From enjoying the choicest selection of culinary servings in a lounge ambiance, you can relax and enjoy the crystal clear waters crashing at the beach with a host of exciting things to do in Mirissa.
The beautiful fusion of green and blue is enhanced with the palm trees lining up the glorious beach and you can look forward to chilling on the beach chairs and hammocks, without the bother of passing hawkers or over-exuberant revellers and enjoy a cocktail or read a book.
Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise
An incredible experience, Whale Watching is a popular activity in Mirissa and one of the best places to visit in the world with a 95% chance of sighting whales and dolphins in November through April. Even though the whale tours run in May through October as well, the sightings are limited due to the choppy seas.
In addition to seeing the blue whales, you can also get an opportunity to witness other marine life here, which includes, bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, spinner dolphins, striped dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, sperm whales, whale sharks, orcas, turtles and many more. With varying prices from different operators, the tours may cost approximately INR 6,000 per person.
Surfing & Snorkeling
Mirissa has some amazing large waves, good for both beginners and experts alike, and more so near the Palm Tree Grove. There’s another place called Weligama, which is a famous beach, just 10 minutes from Mirissa, and a popular surfing beach.
Then you have snorkelling on Turtle Bay, one of the specialties of Mirissa Beach, where you can swim during the low tides. Early morning is the best time to visit for both surfing and snorkeling.
Experience a mesmerizing fishing expedition with a tour on a rented boat from the Mirissa Harbor, late in the afternoon and witness some gorgeous varieties of fish like the Snapper, Grouper, Emperor and Bonefish at the coast with another assortment of the Barracuda, Sheer fish, Spanish Mackerel, Indian Mackerel, Kingfish, Queens, Barramundi, Jackfish, Tuna and Trevally in the open sea. The tour is for roughly 3 hours or so.
Enjoy sailing across the Sri Lankan coasts through Mirissa on a sailboat, especially in the early hours of the evening. The tour begins at the Mirissa harbor, and will take you around the stunning red cliffs at the Snake Island, crossing the Mirissa Beach, with a quick view of the secret beach as well. Take a good swim, snorkel or just have fun in the midst of sailing and enjoy partying till the sun sets down, soaking in its beautiful descent over the horizon.
Nightlife in Mirissa
Mirissa’s nightlife is a wonderful experience you wouldn’t want to miss! If you love partying and meeting new people, then keep a lookout for a giant light high up in the sky and a series of fireworks at 9.30 in the night. Most beachside bars host some amazing parties and you can either join one or hop around having the time of your life!
Of the options available, Kama Mirissa is an ideal spot to enjoy some beers and fancy cocktails whilst watching the surf breaks with some incredible views of the setting sun. A dining spot by the beachfront, Kama is modern & classy with chic interiors and a trendy ambiance, which is warm and welcoming for all kinds of visitors, including families.
Then there’s the Salt Restaurant & Bar, with its assortment of local cuisine and fresh seafood, with an ensemble of tables, lights and romantic setting for a lovely dinner by the beach.