Travel Guide to Mirissa

Indian Embassy Near Mirissa

High Commission of India

Address: 36-38 Galle Road, Colombo-3

Contact Number: 2327587, 2421605

Visa Process

The following documents are required to get a visa to Sri Lanka:

  • Original passport
  • Copy of the first and the last page of the passport
  • Confirmed air tickets
  • Day-to-day itinerary

Time required: 1-2 working days

Disclaimer: These are the standard requirements needed to attain a Sri Lanka visa. The visa requirements may change according to factors like employment status, age, etc.

About the Mirissa

Mirissa is a small town located in the Matara District of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. It’s 150 kilometres south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 4 meters above the sea level. Mirissa is the largest fishing port on the south coast. Mirissa's beach and nightlife make it a well-known tourist destination, and there are some beautiful tourist places in Mirissa. In 1980, the first tourist accommodation was built. However, it wasn't until the mid-nineties that tourism in the town started to increase dramatically. Mirissa was affected by the tsunami in 2004, as a result of which numerous homes, guesthouses, shops, schools and temples were destroyed or damaged.

Places to Visit in Mirissa

The small town is popular for its natural beaches which are mostly untouched by any man-made modernisation. It is loved and very sought after when it comes to holidays and vacations, even—honeymoons. There are some great things to do and excellent places to visit in Mirissa, such as:

  • Unawatuna & Galle: Unawatuna & Galle are great places to wander around because there are a lot of things to do here. Galle Fort is one of the famous places in Mirissa. You can go shopping and explore the Old Dutch Fort. You can spend the whole day in this area without getting bored. Embark on a thrilling 6-hour whale watching cruise along Sri Lanka’s southwest coast. Depart from your hotel in Galle or Unawatuna early in the morning and strap on your life vest on a 50 foot (15 meters) vessel. You can relish a complimentary continental breakfast with morning tea onboard near the ocean. Other than that, you can spend some time gazing out on the water where you can spot blue whales, humpback whales, killer whales, and whale sharks. Perhaps you’ll also be able to see dolphins or sea turtles.
  • Udawalawe National Park: Explore the wildlife at Udawalawe National Park with private insider safari jeep tour, and it is one of the great things to do in Mirissa. You can spot wildlife animals like elephants, fully grown crocodiles, water buffalos, chameleons, peacocks, kingfishers, hornbills, monkeys and many more wild animals during the safari. Tour guide will pick you up from where you are staying and drop you off at the same place in Mirissa after the safari. Safari jeeps are fitted with elevated seats and safety bars for your safety and have disability access ladders. Udawalawe safari jeep tour happens twice a day. Once in the morning at 06:00 AM and one in the evening which at 03:00 PM. The tour lasts for around 4 hours. In some cases, the safari timings can be adjusted as per the customer’s requirement.
  • Matara: Matara has its own fort in a quiet corner of the town close to the main Bus Station. It is not as grand as the one in Galle, but it is still nice to spend a few hours walking around inside the fort.
  • Mirissa Beach: Mirissa is a crescent-shaped beach, and when laying on the smooth sands you see the beach curving outwards on either side, giving the impression that you are laying on a far away, deserted palm-covered island. Crack open a coconut on the beachside, slip into a hammock and let the gentle breeze blow for hours around you. The gentle waves of the ocean crashing and building into a crescendo, coconuts falling and birds chirping will surely mesmerise you. Mirissa is a complete tourist heaven and must not be missed! Here is a list of things you can do at Mirissa Beach:
  • Deep Sea Fishing: You can indulge in a private deep sea fishing tour in Mirissa. Cast your rods into deep blue waters and try your to catch the biggest fish of your life. Feel the bursting adrenaline rush as you challenge the strongest of the seas. You can then show off your best catch with a great photo
  • Trolling: Fishing by trolling is done by moving boats and dragging one or more fishing lines or nets behind them. Trolling is highly successful, especially in the morning hours. If you choose one of the daytime sessions, you will be using trolling. The local fishing guide introduces you to some of the best spots indulge in fishing. Some of the species of fish that you will be able to catch are jack trevallies, spanish mackerel, skipjack tuna, yellow fin tuna, sail fish, marlins, and frigate tuna. You can exercise both your patience and strength as you wait for the bait to do its work, and feel the delicious struggle of reeling them in
  • Whale watching: Whale watching in Mirissa is a favourite activity of tourists. The whale population around Mirissa consists if blue whales, fin whales, sperm whales, occasional orcas, and different types of dolphins. They are best seen between December and April when the seas are comparatively calmer
  • Night Cruise: South Coast Cruise will offer you an opportunity to go on a one night cruise to the Southern coast. Sail the brand new catamaran around the southern coastline as you feast on the land and seascape. Enjoy the brilliant warm sunshine and sea breeze with delicious cocktails in hand. You can do snorkelling, fishing and a host of other fun water activities
  • Surfing at Mirissa: Mirissa's Bay Surf point is famous for smooth surfing. You can surf with no inhibitions and enjoy a carefree ride through the ocean, experiencing it on a level that would be unforgettable for the many years to come
  • The parrot rock: The parrot rock is a unique piece of land where you can climb up at low tide. It’s located at the end of Mirissa beach and is one of the Mirissa points of interest

How to Reach Mirissa

Take a bus heading to Matara or Tangalle from Fort in Colombo and ask to get out in Mirissa. Depending on when you go, a trip will take between 3.5 to 5 hours. Another option is that you take the train from Colombo Fort to Weligama, which is 7 km from Mirissa and then go by bus or tuk-tuk. The train Trips take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours. AC cabs are also available from Colombo.

Travelling in Mirissa

Mirissa is a small village town, and you can basically go everywhere by walking. You have the options of travelling in and around the town by cycle or motorbike also, which are available for rent everywhere. Tuk-tuk rides are popular, and you should definitely avail their service. It is suggested to hire a trusted Tuk-tuk driver and stick to that guy for the stay duration in Mirissa.

Best Time to Visit

Mirissa's climate is known to be tropical. Mirissa experiences a significant amount of rainfall during the year. This is true even for the driest month. The average annual temperature is 26.7 °C in Mirissa. In a year, the average rainfall is 2248 mm. The peak season for seeing whales in Mirissa and the south of Sri Lanka is between December and March, and it is also the suggested travel season.

What to Pack?

Pack your holiday capsule wardrobe with breathable cotton clothes. People will appreciate if you are dressed modestly. Do not forget to bring caps and sunscreen lotion to avoid getting sunburnt during the daytime. Also remember to carry mosquito repellants, sunglass and oral hydration packs.

Top Delicacies

Many different restaurants in Mirissa are located on the beach. The roti shops here are cheaper but offer a lot of tasty options. For budget travellers, food is notably expensive in Mirissa. You can get typical Sri Lankan foods in the beach restaurants. Don’t forget to try seafoods and local fishes. Mirissa’s lobsters, crabs, squid, cuttlefish, shark fin, beche de-mer and fish maws are famous in the international seafood market due to their quality taste and texture. The local gin is also good in taste and you can try that as well.

Indian Restaurants in Mirissa

  • Tandoori Hut at Matara Road, Mirissa 81740, Sri Lanka. Contact the restaurant at +94 77 725 5452
  • Chennai Darbar Restaurant at Kusum, Udupila road | near Amarasinghe rotti shop, Mirissa 81740, Sri Lanka. Contact the restaurant at +94 71 175 2217
  • Barracuda at Matara Road | Udupila Junction, Mirissa 81740, Sri Lanka. Contact the restaurant at +94 77 070 7050

Shopping List Essentials

Most of the shops are located on the main Galle-Matara road. Some shops can also be found on the Paradise Road. In the main supermarket, you can stock up on either local Spirits or the more expensive branded imported spirits and wines. Mirissa is not a shopping paradise. You can buy local handicrafts as souvenirs of your memorable trip. Bargaining is mandatory in the street markets.

Healthcare Centers

Mirissa is a small town so do not expect excellent medical facilities. In case of any medical need, you can visit Mirissa Rural Hospital, Udupila Medical Centre, Medical Center – Mirissa, Asiri Hospital Ltd, District General Hospital – Matara. You need to go to Colombo for any urgent medical requirement and medical facilities outside Colombo are always limited. Medical supplies are not widely available in Mirissa; travellers should carry any special medications with them.

Basics of Local Communication

(talk about the languages spoken in the location and basic etiquettes and give translation for the following phrases in the local language)

You should be a bit cautious with your interaction with the locals while in Mirissa as several conflicts among the hotel owners and the locals are reported. English is broadly understood and spoken in the good restaurants and hotels. You can also get in touch with an English speaking guide to make the local visits easy for you. Sinhala is the national language of Sri Lanka. If you are planning to visit Mirissa, you can surely keep in mind the following essential Sinhala Phrases:

English Sinhala Phrase
Good Morning Subha udaesanak
My name is… Ma-ge na-ma
Where is…? Ko-he-dha
Yes Owu
No Nae
Please Karu-nah-kara
Sorry sa∙maa ven∙na

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