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Things to do in Mirissa - Experience the very essence of island life

Located just over 150 km to the south of Colombo, the little beach town of Mirissa has fast become one of the most popular destinations for beach holidays. Here's a list of things to do in Mirissa:


Whale and dolphin watching

This is, hands down, the most important part of your travel itinerary in Mirissa. Since the experience is available only during high season (December to April), it is best that you pre-plan your holiday. Hop aboard a boat to be taken a few kilometres into the Indian Ocean and be mesmerised by the Blue, Humpback and Sperm whales. On most occasions, you will see pods of dolphins swimming alongside your boat, so don't forget your cameras. Most Mirissa hotels such as Sri Sharavi Beach Villas work with local agents to facilitate whale and dolphin watching excursions.



Mirissa and the surrounding areas are ideal for surfing. If you are a beginner, looking to take a few lessons or just ride a few light waves, head over to Weligama, which is located a few minutes from Mirissa. Expert surfers can put their skills to the test at the Mirissa Bay. The region also has many diving locations if you are keen on observing beautiful corals and colourful fish.


Visit Buddhist temples

The little town is dotted with a few temples that showcase the country's rich Buddhist heritage. The Thalaramba Temple is perched on a palm covered hilltop on the eastern tip of Mirissa. The sunset view from atop the hill is almost perfect. At the end of the little town is Bandaramulla Temple, which is home to a large, seated Buddha statue. The Samudrathira Temple is located just minutes away towards the seaside.


Experience vibrant nightlife

The Mirissa beach is dotted with a plethora of pubs and restaurants, which are great for kicking back and enjoying island vibes. Each of these places have their own unique ambience and serve a range of cocktails, beer, juices and delectable dishes varying from fresh seafood to local, western and Chinese cuisine. Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna, both renowned party spots are located within minutes from Mirissa. There will be plenty of rave parties to check out too!


Head over to Dondra Head

This is the southernmost point of Sri Lanka and features a lighthouse and many excellent diving locations.


Enjoy Roti

Feast on 'roti' (made from flour) with a vast range of fillings (from spicy to sweet, chocolate to meat) at Dewmini Roti Shop, which is located about 200m inland. This eatery is by far the best of its kind in the region.


Deep sea fishing

Book a 4-hour deep sea fishing tour (includes whale watching during December to April) and head into the ocean where you can spot sailfish, marlin, tuna and wahoo. Wrap up the tour with a barbeque and chilled beer on the beach.


Enter the world of reptiles

The river safari in Matara (located less than 30 minutes away) gets you up, close and personal to crocodiles. You may also visit a number of turtle hatcheries in Ahungalla, Kosgoda and Tangalle. You would be surprised to know that five out of seven species of sea turtles come ashore in these regions to lay eggs.