Clear blue waves hitting the gold sandy shore

Mirissa – A Surfer’s & Backpacker’s Paradise in Sri Lanka

This post was last updated on August 1st, 2019 at 06:36 pm

Grab a beer, climb into your hammock, and forget about everything. If you want to relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in southern Sri Lanka, you will soon find yourself in Mirissa. Only 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from Weligama you will find this wonderful beach which is known as one of the most beautiful along this coast with its fine golden sand, a beautiful bay, and coconut palm trees.


Mirissa; relax on the beach

If you come here in the evening you may have just found the most romantic place in the country. When it gets dark, the lights come on and this beach transforms into a magical environment with a jumble of lights. Unfortunately, it is no longer completely untouched, but you will hardly find anything else like it in Asia. Along the coast you will find different hostels and cafes but it’s not as bad as in Unawatuna.


The government is stopping the construction of mega hostels for the time being, but it is clear that Mirissa is growing fast.


Beach with gold sand and blue water, viewed through the jungle
Aerial view of Mirissa beach


The Atmospheric Mirissa

Fortunately, Mirissa is still a quiet resort. You will find a number of small restaurants and a nice atmosphere without the real party scene of Unawatuna. What Mirissa is also known for is whale watching.


You have a great opportunity to spot whales at the coast. In addition, the food in Mirassa is delicious with an abundance of fresh fish. By the way, swimming is not easy here as there can be strong currents (be careful!).


It is best to check the conditions of the water with your hostel before going for a swim. They also rent out snorkeling gear here, but the chance that you see more than one colored fish is rather small.


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Surfing in Mirissa

It is still quieter here than at its famous competitor Unawatuna. Mirissa is especially popular with surfers and travelers who have to deal with a smaller budget. The waves here are larger but lifeguards are present so it is still safe.


A little further on the right side of the beach is the surfing spot for the more advanced surfer with rocks in the water.


Mirissa Beach Waves on rocky shore
Surfing spot for the advanced surfer. Watch out for the rocks!


Location of Mirissa

Google Map of Mirissa, Sri Lanka

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