Love whale watching, boating, and temples? Get away to Mirissa!

Spend a day, weekend or weeks immersing yourself in the idyllic beach lifestyle of Mirissa. Mingle with a bohemian crowd and relax while sitting beneath the shade of a swaying palm tree. Learn to surf in calm, rolling waves and spot pods of playful dolphins. Mirissa lies on a peninsula at the eastern edge of Weligama Bay in southern Sri Lanka.

Mirissa Beach, a crescent-shaped stretch of soft golden sand framed by tall palms, is the town’s crowning glory. Bars and restaurants serving delicious seafood set up along the beach. Enhance your tan, cool off in the enticing water and stroll along the seashore to the Parrot Rock viewpoint. Arrive early to watch the sun rise and then linger all day until it drifts down behind Weligama Bay.

Try watersports such as bodyboarding, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. The medium-size waves are perfect for first-time surfers and intermediate riders looking to sharpen their skills. Beach watersports centers offer equipment rentals and classes.

Walk or catch a rickshaw to Mirissa Fisheries Harbour, located on the bay-facing side of town. See an assorted collection of brightly painted fishing boats, some of which appear to be centuries old. Join a wildlife-watching cruise to spot blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins. Sightings are almost always guaranteed between December and April.

Head away from the beach, rent a rickshaw and enjoy daytrips to nearby towns and villages. Experience time-honored fishing traditions at Weligama and explore the well-preserved Dutch colonial quarter of Galle. Visit the beaches, temples and 17th-century fort at Matara. Stand at the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent in Dondra.

Mirissa is 96 miles (155 kilometers) south of Colombo. Get here by catching a train from Colombo Fort station to either Matara or Weligama and taking a bus from there. Come from November to April for the best weather or during the rest of the year to avoid large crowds.

Known for

Whale Watching, Boating and Sailing

Top Hotels in Mirissa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Palm Villa
3 out of 5
Bandaramulla, Mirissa
$40/night
Aug 24 - Aug 25
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Mirissa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mirissa Fisheries Harbor and Mirissa Beach. Weligama Beach is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"It was a very Nice hotel and very friiendly people. It is next to parrot island so the location is perfect! We can really reccomended this place!!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Palm Villa
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Sea World Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Matara Road, Bandaramulla, Mirissa
$45/night
Aug 28 - Aug 29
4.3/5Excellent! (25 reviews)

This family-friendly Mirissa hotel is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Mirissa Beach and Mirissa Fisheries Harbor. Polhena Beach and Star Fort are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (25 reviews)

"A quite a peaceful hotel near the sea. The staff, especially Nassin was very helpful and accommodating. Good breakfast with a great view. The hotel is a short walk to Mirissa beach which has all the bars and restaurants. Overall a good place to stay, peaceful and away from the crowd."…"

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

Sea World Boutique Hotel
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Ocean Reach Holidays
2.5 out of 5
Merenchigodawatta, Udupila, Mirissa
$23/night
Aug 24 - Aug 25
4.3/5Excellent! (28 reviews)

Situated in Mirissa, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mirissa Fisheries Harbor and Mirissa Beach. Weligama Beach is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (28 reviews)
Perfect Location

"We really enjoyed our stay at Ocean Reach Holidays. The room was exactly like the pictures, it was very spacious with a huge bathroom and shower. We arrived in the morning but were able to check in straight away. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Ocean reach holidays is so close to Mirissa ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Ocean Reach Holidays

Top activities in Mirissa

Private Whale Watching Loop with Sunset
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Private Whale Watching Loop with Sunset

$200

Enjoy an evening offshore adventure in the south coast of Sri Lanka and experience the thrills of searching the world’s largest Mammal - the Blue Whale - and many other species of whales and dolphins during the sunset.

City & Fort Cycling Tour in Galle
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City & Fort Cycling Tour in Galle

$35

Taking a cycling tour is the ideal way to explore the fascinating coastal city of Galle. You will explore the UNESCO world heritage site, the Dutch Fort of Galle through this paddling tour.

Leopard Safari at Yala from Galle including lunch
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Leopard Safari at Yala from Galle including lunch

$115

Take an early morning start with your very own chauffeur guide to experience an exciting game drive followed by 4-course lunch with chilled beverages at the best national park in the country.

Deep Sea Fishing Day Trip in Mirissa
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Deep Sea Fishing Day Trip in Mirissa

$110

This tour will give you first-hand experience of deep sea fishing during your trip in Sri Lanka. We will pick you up from your hotel in Mirissa, Galle, Unawatuna, or Koggala (additional charge may apply) and drive you to the Mirissa harbor where you will start your fishing tour in the deep sea.

Sail and Whale Private Cruise in South of Sri Lanka
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Sail and Whale Private Cruise in South of Sri Lanka

$95

Stretching out along a great arc of sun-baked coastline from Galle to Hambantota, are some of the best-known Sri Lankan beaches including Jungle Beach, Unawatuna, Weligama, Mirissa, Tallala and Tangalle.

4-Day Glamping & Photography Tour
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4-Day Glamping & Photography Tour

$1,125

Wildlife photography is one of the most interesting and challenging forms of photography that gives an opportunity to collect lifetime memories.