Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. It is approximately 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of Colombo.
Mirissa’s beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island’s main whale and dolphin watching locations.
In the morning time you are greeted by gentle colourful sunrises. Then the sun crosses directly overhead throughout the day finally ending up to give you a breathtaking and memorable sunset.
Each evening at sunset Mother nature offers you something different. One night the sunset could be fiery red and then the next it can the most beautiful pastel pink. Many people grab a cool beer. Bring restaurant chairs out onto the sand and sit and watch in awe at the array of colours as the sun sets behind the coconut trees on the hill.
The area around Parrot Rock on your left side is particularly popular with snorkellers while the right side of Mirissa Beach is rapidly becoming a popular surfing hot spot.
Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday.
Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka. In warm Indian ocean you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes Killer whales, and Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and Striped dolphins. Sometimes you can see turtles and various fish species, for example Bluefin tuna and flying fish.
Mirissa Beach is sandwiched between the towns of Welligama and Matara. It is about 35 km or 1 hour South of the fort city of Galle by bus.
Why not choose one of the following activities to make the most of your holiday?
Map showing available hotels in Mirissa
Hotel Offers from Mirissa
Find a comfortable and affordable transfer all around Sri Lanka. You can pre-order inexpensive taxi transfer to the city centre or to the airport. Comfortable car transfer for the family with children. Economy minivan for a tourist group or a Luxury transfer. The transfer cost is fixed at the time of pre-order and never rises. Either when the driver is waiting for the passenger, when the stop is necessary, or because of traffic jams.