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'''Mirissa''' is in [[Southern Province]].
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'''Mirissa''' is in the [[Southern Province (Sri Lanka)|southern province]] of [[Sri Lanka]].
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Mirissa is a beautiful little village with a nice beach and two surfing points. One for advanced surfers, and one for intermediate ones.  
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Mirissa is a beautiful little fishing village with a nice beach and two surfing points. One for advanced surfers, and one for intermediate ones. However the beach town is widely known for its racist behavior towards local people. Widespread discrimination against anyone with a dark skin is common in the hotels and restaurants on the beach and some even have public banners saying locals are not welcome. It is common for hotel and restaurant staff to remove any Sri Lankan coming with force and refusing to serve a order. [http://www.dailymirror.lk/103515/sri-lankans-not-welcome-a]
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
Take bus heading to Matara from Fort in Colombo and ask to get out in Mirissa. A/C costs 370 Rupees. Regular costs 250 Rupees. Depending on when you go, a trip will take between 3.5 and 5 hours.
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Take bus heading to Matara or Tangalle from Fort in Colombo and ask to get out in Mirissa. A/C costs 370 Rupees. Regular costs 250 Rupees. Depending on when you go, a trip will take between 3.5 and 5 hours.
  
Alternatively, you can take the train from Colombo Fort to Weligama (7 km from Mirissa) and then go by tuk tuk to Mirissa. A 2nd class train ticket costs 220 Rupees. The train schedule is available [http://www.gic.gov.lk/gic/index.php?option=com_findnearest&task=train&lang=en here]. Trips take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours (depending on the train).
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Alternatively, you can take the train from Colombo Fort to Weligama (7 km from Mirissa) and then go by bus (20 Rupees in 2014) or tuk tuk (300 Rupess in 2014). A 2nd class train ticket costs 220 Rupees. The train schedule is available [http://www.gic.gov.lk/gic/index.php?option=com_findnearest&task=train&lang=en here]. Trips take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours (depending on the train).
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==Do==
 
==Do==
Surfing. Bodyboarding. Whale watching. Swimming. Snorkelling. Ayurvedic treatments.
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Surfing. Bodyboarding. Whale watching. Swimming. Snorkelling. Sailing. Ayurvedic treatments. Party.
*<do name="Raja &amp; The Whales" alt="" address="Mirissa Harbour" directions="" phone="0776953452" url="www.rajaandthewhales.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Great company, which provides sustainable whale watching in Mirissa. </do>
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* Whale and dolphin watching: there are many companies with different prices (2000-6000 LKR), but in the end all of them are similar, and you will be surrounded by another 12 boats while <em>hunting</em> the animals. You can easily get good views of dolphins, as they will be in a big group jumping out of the water for a long time, but don't expect much from the whales: they are elusive, and you'll most likely only see a bit of their back for a brief second when they come out for air. The boats will chase them around until you get four or five of these sightings, and then head back home. If the engine doesn't fail, you'll be boarding at 6:30, leave the harbour at 7:00, and be back by 11:00. Some boats have plastic chairs, others have benches, others have mattresses on the upper deck floor. Check the boat at the harbour, ask how many people will be on board, and avoid overcrowding. All of them include a cup of coffee or tea, a small bottle of water, some breakfast (jam sandwich), bananas, pineapple and watermelon.
 
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* Diving: talked to a local divemaster that has been diving here for more than 20 years, and told me that the chances of seeing whales while diving are nil. You can always go deep into the blue and wait, but more often than not you'll just spend a boring hour without seeing anything. He confessed that it's just a lot of marketing.
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*<do name="Raja &amp; The Whales" alt="" address="Mirissa Harbour" directions="" phone="+94 71 333 1811" url="http://www.rajaandthewhales.com" hours="" price="6000 LKR (Dec 2015)" lat="" long="">Great company, which provides sustainable whale watching in Mirissa. </do>
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*<do name="Mirissa Water Sports" alt="" address="Harbour road, Mirissa" directions="" phone="+94 77 359 77 32" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The pioneers of whale watching in Sri Lanka and employs youth people who were affected by the tsunami in 2004.</do>
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*<do name="Mirissa Moorings" alt="" address="Harbour road, Mirissa" directions="" phone=" +94 772220967" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Mirissa Moorings is the premiere boat charter mooring facilities and services in Mirissa offering sailing trips on 6,5 m MiniBee boats (manufactured in Sri Lanka) to local and foreign tourists. You can rent boats with or without a skipper if you have a valid/international sail license.</do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Most of the shops are located on the main Galle-Matara road. Some shops you can also find on Paradise Road.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
Many different restaurants on the beach. Cheaper but still very tasty options are the Roti shops more inland.
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Many different restaurants on the beach. Cheaper but still very tasty options are the Roti shops more inland. For budget travelers, food is notably more expensive in Mirissa than usual, with a basic fried rice no cheaper than 300 LKR and kottu starting at 550LKR...
 
*<eat name="Dewmini Roti Shop" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="0715162604" url="" hours="7am-10pm" price="" lat="" long="">Very nice, quiet place to have a drink or taste the delicious fresh rotis. Little inland (follow small road next to internet place on the main street and look out for the signposting).</eat>
 
*<eat name="Dewmini Roti Shop" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="0715162604" url="" hours="7am-10pm" price="" lat="" long="">Very nice, quiet place to have a drink or taste the delicious fresh rotis. Little inland (follow small road next to internet place on the main street and look out for the signposting).</eat>
 
  
 
==Drink==
 
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
There is accommodation available for each type of traveller. You can find budget places starting from 1.000 Rupees in off season and 1.500 Rupees in season.
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There is accommodation available for each type of traveller. You can find budget places starting from 700 Rupees and 1.500 Rupees in season.
*<sleep name="Villa Sea View" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Very nice place run by a local family. Provides the best view in Mirissa. Rooms starting from about 1.000 Rupies off season. 3 minutes off the beach and surf point (very right side on the beach when you watch the sea - up the hill). </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Ancient Tree Guesthouse" alt="" address="Yaddehigoda, Bandaramulla" directions="Up a small road running perpindicular away from the east end of the beach, by the pedestrian crossing" phone="+94778595501" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="https://ancienttreemirissa.wordpress.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">In a quiet, leafy area behind the hilltop temple. This small family-run guesthouse is affordable, with pleasant hosts and wonderful food</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Ayodya Resort" alt="" address="" directions="Main Road near à bus stop" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From 1000 for à double room">Operated by Sri Lankan famille, the house is build with some cozy rooms. 4 rooms is available with fan, hot shower, clean and spacious... Free good Wi-Fi in public area and some rooms. Kitchen available.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="ExtremeHost Guest house" alt="" address="373/A/1, Udupila, Mirissa" directions="" phone="+94711218810" url="http://www.extremehostguesthouse.com" checkin="2am" checkout="11am" price="22" lat="5.946670" long="80.460607">Extreme Host Guest house ideally situated a short distance away from the Beautiful Mirissa Beach. Pubs, restaurants, and Shops are stroll away.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hostel First Mirissa Beach" alt="Mirissa Beach Hostel First" address="Hostel First Mirissa Beach, Beach Side Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka" directions="If you come by bus from Colombo to Matara, ask the driver to let you off near Beachside Road in Mirissa. Follow the main road until you see Beachside Road and an ATM on the left side (there's only 2 ATMs in Mirissa). Then walk along Beachside Road and you will soon see our hostel on your left hand side." phone="+94 (0)76 7986 788" lat="5.9458" long="80.4577" email="mirissa@hostelfirst.com" url="http://hostels-mirissa-beach.hostelfirst.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm US $10, private rooms $30"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Jumera Villa" alt="" address="Mihiriwella road" directions="On the corner northwest from Harbour road" phone="+94771992089" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="jumeravilla@gmail.com" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Fan room from 1000LKR (Dec 2015)">Three very nice rooms with king bed and private bathroom. Two rooms with AC and one with fan, all with mosquito net. The house has a nice garden, and is in a very quiet area. The owner is very friendly, and her neighbour can arrange cheaper whale watching trips.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Mirissa Beach House" alt="" address="Beach side / Paradise road" directions="At the headland end of Mirissa Beach." phone="+971566832281" url="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mirissa-Beach-House-Sri-Lanka/421507851280257" checkin="2pm" checkout="11am" price="low season 120 USD a night" lat="5.943806" long="80.456212">A private Villa with room for up to 6 people. For privacy we only rent to one group to at a time.  40 meters from the beautiful Mirissa beach, bars and restaurants. Great outside area for relaxing after a day in the sun. Hot water shower and comfortable clean beds with mosquito nets. The house has 2 double beds and a adult length double bunk. Strong fans cool all sleeping and sitting areas. House has tea, coffee and toast facilities with a refrigerator but not full kitchen. Downstairs there is a great BBQ area if you feel like cooking some of the local seafood. Sunbeds are available in the garden and downstairs if you feel like relaxing outside.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Stella Beach Villa" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="(+44) 203 411 3675" url="http://www.dynamiclives.com/sri-lanka/m-sri-lanka-luxury-beach-villas/stella-beach-villa/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Stella Beach Villa is situated next to Mirissa beach and is at the top end of the market for villa rentals. Sleeping up to eight guests in four bedrooms, the villa has its own 400 metre stretch of private beach and a 20 metre pool. However, in low season the price of the villa can be as little as 500 USD per night.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Teviedu Guest House" alt="" address="no324, uswatta, udupila, mirissa" directions="" phone="+94715927833" and 0094414918110"" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Very nice place run by a local family. Provides the best view in Mirissa. Rooms starting from about 700 Rupies off season. 10 minutes off the beach and surf point (very right side on the beach when you watch the sea - up the hill).</sleep>
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
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==Stay safe==
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
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Many buses go through the main road both sides. It's possible to catch buses from [[Galle]], [[Matara]], [[Colombo]]...
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Stand near bus stop and ask the driver or local people.
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Latest revision as of 22:10, 20 January 2016

Mirissa is in the southern province of Sri Lanka.

Understand[edit]

Mirissa is a beautiful little fishing village with a nice beach and two surfing points. One for advanced surfers, and one for intermediate ones. However the beach town is widely known for its racist behavior towards local people. Widespread discrimination against anyone with a dark skin is common in the hotels and restaurants on the beach and some even have public banners saying locals are not welcome. It is common for hotel and restaurant staff to remove any Sri Lankan coming with force and refusing to serve a order. [1]

Get in[edit]

Take bus heading to Matara or Tangalle from Fort in Colombo and ask to get out in Mirissa. A/C costs 370 Rupees. Regular costs 250 Rupees. Depending on when you go, a trip will take between 3.5 and 5 hours.

Alternatively, you can take the train from Colombo Fort to Weligama (7 km from Mirissa) and then go by bus (20 Rupees in 2014) or tuk tuk (300 Rupess in 2014). A 2nd class train ticket costs 220 Rupees. The train schedule is available here. Trips take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours (depending on the train).

Get around[edit]

Mirissa is a small village, you can basically get everywhere by feet. Walking. Cycling. Motorbiking. Tuk Tuk. Available to rent everywhere.

See[edit][add listing]

Buddhist temple. Fisherman harbour. Beach.

Do[edit][add listing]

Surfing. Bodyboarding. Whale watching. Swimming. Snorkelling. Sailing. Ayurvedic treatments. Party.

  • Whale and dolphin watching: there are many companies with different prices (2000-6000 LKR), but in the end all of them are similar, and you will be surrounded by another 12 boats while hunting the animals. You can easily get good views of dolphins, as they will be in a big group jumping out of the water for a long time, but don't expect much from the whales: they are elusive, and you'll most likely only see a bit of their back for a brief second when they come out for air. The boats will chase them around until you get four or five of these sightings, and then head back home. If the engine doesn't fail, you'll be boarding at 6:30, leave the harbour at 7:00, and be back by 11:00. Some boats have plastic chairs, others have benches, others have mattresses on the upper deck floor. Check the boat at the harbour, ask how many people will be on board, and avoid overcrowding. All of them include a cup of coffee or tea, a small bottle of water, some breakfast (jam sandwich), bananas, pineapple and watermelon.
  • Diving: talked to a local divemaster that has been diving here for more than 20 years, and told me that the chances of seeing whales while diving are nil. You can always go deep into the blue and wait, but more often than not you'll just spend a boring hour without seeing anything. He confessed that it's just a lot of marketing.
  • Raja & The Whales, Mirissa Harbour, +94 71 333 1811, [2]. Great company, which provides sustainable whale watching in Mirissa. 6000 LKR (Dec 2015).  edit
  • Mirissa Water Sports, Harbour road, Mirissa, +94 77 359 77 32. The pioneers of whale watching in Sri Lanka and employs youth people who were affected by the tsunami in 2004.  edit
  • Mirissa Moorings, Harbour road, Mirissa, +94 772220967. Mirissa Moorings is the premiere boat charter mooring facilities and services in Mirissa offering sailing trips on 6,5 m MiniBee boats (manufactured in Sri Lanka) to local and foreign tourists. You can rent boats with or without a skipper if you have a valid/international sail license.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Most of the shops are located on the main Galle-Matara road. Some shops you can also find on Paradise Road.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Many different restaurants on the beach. Cheaper but still very tasty options are the Roti shops more inland. For budget travelers, food is notably more expensive in Mirissa than usual, with a basic fried rice no cheaper than 300 LKR and kottu starting at 550LKR...

  • Dewmini Roti Shop, 0715162604. 7am-10pm. Very nice, quiet place to have a drink or taste the delicious fresh rotis. Little inland (follow small road next to internet place on the main street and look out for the signposting).  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

In the beach bars around the beach.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is accommodation available for each type of traveller. You can find budget places starting from 700 Rupees and 1.500 Rupees in season.

  • Ancient Tree Guesthouse, Yaddehigoda, Bandaramulla (Up a small road running perpindicular away from the east end of the beach, by the pedestrian crossing), +94778595501, [3]. In a quiet, leafy area behind the hilltop temple. This small family-run guesthouse is affordable, with pleasant hosts and wonderful food  edit
  • Ayodya Resort, (Main Road near à bus stop). Operated by Sri Lankan famille, the house is build with some cozy rooms. 4 rooms is available with fan, hot shower, clean and spacious... Free good Wi-Fi in public area and some rooms. Kitchen available. From 1000 for à double room.  edit
  • ExtremeHost Guest house, 373/A/1, Udupila, Mirissa, +94711218810, [4]. checkin: 2am; checkout: 11am. Extreme Host Guest house ideally situated a short distance away from the Beautiful Mirissa Beach. Pubs, restaurants, and Shops are stroll away. 22. (5.946670,80.460607) edit
  • Hostel First Mirissa Beach (Mirissa Beach Hostel First), Hostel First Mirissa Beach, Beach Side Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka (If you come by bus from Colombo to Matara, ask the driver to let you off near Beachside Road in Mirissa. Follow the main road until you see Beachside Road and an ATM on the left side (there's only 2 ATMs in Mirissa). Then walk along Beachside Road and you will soon see our hostel on your left hand side.), +94 (0)76 7986 788 (), [5]. Dorm US $10, private rooms $30. (5.9458,80.4577) edit
  • Jumera Villa, Mihiriwella road (On the corner northwest from Harbour road), +94771992089 (). Three very nice rooms with king bed and private bathroom. Two rooms with AC and one with fan, all with mosquito net. The house has a nice garden, and is in a very quiet area. The owner is very friendly, and her neighbour can arrange cheaper whale watching trips. Fan room from 1000LKR (Dec 2015).  edit
  • Mirissa Beach House, Beach side / Paradise road (At the headland end of Mirissa Beach.), +971566832281, [6]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11am. A private Villa with room for up to 6 people. For privacy we only rent to one group to at a time. 40 meters from the beautiful Mirissa beach, bars and restaurants. Great outside area for relaxing after a day in the sun. Hot water shower and comfortable clean beds with mosquito nets. The house has 2 double beds and a adult length double bunk. Strong fans cool all sleeping and sitting areas. House has tea, coffee and toast facilities with a refrigerator but not full kitchen. Downstairs there is a great BBQ area if you feel like cooking some of the local seafood. Sunbeds are available in the garden and downstairs if you feel like relaxing outside. low season 120 USD a night. (5.943806,80.456212) edit
  • Stella Beach Villa, (+44) 203 411 3675, [7]. Stella Beach Villa is situated next to Mirissa beach and is at the top end of the market for villa rentals. Sleeping up to eight guests in four bedrooms, the villa has its own 400 metre stretch of private beach and a 20 metre pool. However, in low season the price of the villa can be as little as 500 USD per night.  edit
  • Teviedu Guest House, no324, uswatta, udupila, mirissa, +94715927833. Very nice place run by a local family. Provides the best view in Mirissa. Rooms starting from about 700 Rupies off season. 10 minutes off the beach and surf point (very right side on the beach when you watch the sea - up the hill).  edit

Contact[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

Many buses go through the main road both sides. It's possible to catch buses from Galle, Matara, Colombo... Stand near bus stop and ask the driver or local people.



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