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5 things to do in Mirissa - The best of a stunning coastal town

Located in the southern part of Sri Lanka, Mirissa is fast becoming a favourite travel destination. With bars, restaurants, beaches, and chill spots galore, this makes for the perfect weekend away.


Visit the Secret Beach

As is clear by its name, the Secret Beach is one of the better-known secrets of Mirissa. The name comes not from its secretive location, it is not so secret anymore, but because it is rather difficult to get to this location. You have to scamper over rocks and boulders to get to the beach, but once you do, it's definitely worth it. There is a local woman selling coconuts and king coconuts here if you want a refreshing drink. Other than that, you have the whole beach to yourself, to lounge about and relax as you please.


Climb the Parrot Rock

Parrot Rock is not a massive climb that requires half a day's journey. It is a small rock outcrop in Mirissa that gives the best views of the area and the sea. However, you can climb this rock only during low tide, so keep an eye on the water levels if you attempt this. It's best to ask the locals if it is okay to go climbing, as climbing Parrot Rock during turbulent sea conditions is not recommended. The views, though, are absolutely stunning.


Take pictures at the Coconut tree spot

If you look for pictures of Mirissa, you will see many taken at a beautiful coconut grove. About 15 min away from central Mirissa, this is a coconut yard that is cropping out to the sea. It is a great place to watch the sunset. However, keep an eye out for coconuts falling on top of your head. The popularity of this location has led to many Sri Lanka beach villas and restaurants opening up in the area. You can easily find a place to have dinner after watching the sunset.


Go whale watching

If the season is right, Mirissa is a great place for whale watching. There are many companies offering these tours, as well as the navy. Make sure that you go with a responsible agent, though, one who looks out for the animals. If you are lucky, you will see dolphins, too. If you are staying close enough to the beach you might even be able to talk them into giving you a ride to the harbour early in the morning.


Take a day trip to Galle Fort

Galle Fort is a well-known World Heritage site and a must-visit. It is a Dutch-built fort that still retains its original architecture. Now a popular tourist destination, the cobbled streets are lined with little restaurants and cafes. There are several museums inside the Fort, including a maritime museum and an archaeological museum. There is a still-functioning lighthouse located at one end of the Fort, and a stunning clock tower that is a signature of the Fort. You can walk the rampart towards the evening, watch the sunset and return for a relaxing dinner at Ubuntu Beach Villas within the hour.

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