Mirissa and its glorious palm-fringed sandy crescent beach is perhaps the best-known south-coast resort in Sri Lanka. As well as having the biggest fishing port in the region, well known for its tuna, mullet, snapper and butterfish, it is also one of the leading centers for whale watching.
The beach’s tranquil sense of tropical-island peace and solitude is due to the fact that all the hotels, guest houses and other tourist accommodations are set well back and mostly out of sight. So chilled beers at sunset, and moonlight walks in the surf, are a particular pleasure for visitors as they wind down from the rigors of enjoying all the generous and big-hearted hospitality that Marissa has to offer.
The town was badly affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, with numerous homes, guesthouses, shops, schools and temples destroyed or damaged. As a result, much of was rebuilt and redeveloped into what is today an increasingly popular magnet for holidaymakers from all over the world.
However, the local provincial government is reportedly anxious to avoid spoiling the special Mirissa vibe, and are trying to restrict the kind of popular tourist development that is taking place along much of the southern coastline. If it succeeds, it will mean that Mirissa may survive as a rare example of paradise not lost to the increasing encroachment of ‘civilisation’. But only time will tell.
Beaches are not just for sunbathing on, as any surfer will tell you. Especially in Sri Lanka, one of the most reliable surf destinations in the Indian Ocean. Since the early 60’s Sri Lanka attracts surfers from all over the world. The best surf points in Sri Lanka are located on the South
the largest creatures on Earth – as well as fin whales, sei whales, sperm whales, orcas (killer whales), dolphins, flying fish, turtles, manta rays and whale sharks can all be seen a few miles off the South Coast of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s hill country is a land of tea-laden hillsides, gurgling waterfalls, stirring mountains and clear hill-country air. Here, in temperatures akin to a beautiful English summer’s day, is wonderful walking country.
For those seeking a real tropical beach where they can chill out in a gently rocking hammock with a coconut cocktail after a feast of freshly caught seafood, welcome to Mirissa.
The lure of whale-watching at Mirissa, on Sri Lanka’s south coast, is creating a fast-expanding nature-watching activity that underscores the island’s attraction as an eco-tourism destination.
Some of the best high-end hotels on the island feature on our Sri Lanka Luxury Escape itinerary.
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Cultural diversity is more than matched by the upscale hotels awaiting travellers on this tour.