Sun, Sea, Surf and Whales

Palm-fringed sandy beach and crescent-shaped bay, Mirissa, Sri Lanka

The attractive crescent-shaped bay of Mirissa has a glorious sun-soaked sandy beach fringed with coconut palms and lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Mirissa is 10 km west of Matara, which is the terminus of the southern railway line and the Southern Expressway, Sri Lanka’s first and only motorway, both routes to Colombo some 150 km away. Mirissa is slowly becoming a more established beach resort after quiet beginnings with the recent opening of a few smaller hotels and villas.

Why visit Mirissa?

A laid back atmosphere and an attractive sandy bay protected from the strong ocean current, Mirissa is a good beach option for couples and families alike with the added bonus of whale and dolphin watching during the season and a growing number of quality hotels and villas. Mirissa is also in striking distance of both Galle and Tangalle and all they have to offer.

Whale and dolphin watching

Mirissa is the starting point for boat safaris to spot Blue Whales, the largest animal on earth! Sperm, Humpback and Orca Whales as well as large pods of dolphins are also regular sightings during the season from November to April.

A whale-watching boat safari from Mirissa lasts 3-4 hours.

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“This was a truly memorable holiday. We loved Sri Lanka. The Itinerary was fantastic and allowed us to get a real feel for the history and culture of Sri Lanka. All the accommodation was first class. The food was delicious and the people were simply charming. Nihal was outstanding. This was one of the best-organised trips, up there with the very best holidays we have ever had. Well done to you John and to all of the team who made this such a success.”

Chris & Karen