At a glance

It is the jewel of southern Sri Lanka’s coast. From whale watching to surfing, Mirissa offers a lot more than you know. Located between Galle and Tangalle, this laid-back seaside town offers the right balance of excitement and beach solitude. Its beautiful bay makes a stunning crescent beach, and dense coconut palms fringe its edges. Mirissa whale watching is the most anticipated experience as it sits alongside one of the world’s great cetacean migratory routes. It is the best place to see blue whales and sperm whales in Sri Lanka. Spinner dolphins too swim in its waters. Surfing conditions here are ideal, and it attracts pro-surfers and beginners alike. Mirissa nightlife is just as exhilarating!

Hidden Gems

  • Dondra Lighthouse is at the southernmost point of Sri Lanka and is near Mirissa.
  • Waters near the Mirissa reef are great for snorkelling and for spotting sea turtles.
  • Jet skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing are popular water sports to try out here.
  • Weligama beach is only 10 minutes away, and it is a fantastic surfing spot.
  • Mirissa beach near the lifeguard tower is a turtle hatching ground during some months.

Where to Shop in Mirissa

Shop while sipping aromatic local coffee at Podi Kade, a souvenir shop. Buy Sri Lankan gems at Roosara, swimwear at Lazy Ride, and branded surf equipment at Dylan’s.

Where to Eat in Mirissa

Known for their quality seafood, Mirissa restaurants offer a range of dining options. Zephyr, Margherita Italiano, Little Tuna, Wood Space, Shady Lane, Dewmini Roti Shop, Sunset Bar, are R&R Hotspot top eateries here.

The Route

Best Times to Visit

October to April is the best time for surfing, and November to April is whale watching season.