Mirissa is definitely becoming one of the top places to see in Sri Lanka. With the laid back atmosphere and the beautiful palm trees scattered across Mirissa Beach it’s easy to see why. We’ve written a Mirissa Guide with our top 5 things to do in Mirissa to sum our amazing time there.
Mirissa Guide – Our Top 5 Things To Do In Mirissa
First stop, Mirissa Beach. It’s a no brainer that if you’re heading to the south coast then you’re going to be on the lookout for hammocks and coconut filled beaches. So top of the to do list has to be Mirissa beach. With its 3 separate bays at Mirissa Beach and some cool rock points in-between (Parrot Rock especially) chances are you’ll be spending most of your time here!
Palm Tree Dome Mirissa
While you’re already at Mirissa Beach, you should head as far left as possible! After a couple of bays you’ll come to palm tree dome. We don’t know the actual name of this place, or if it even has a name, but you may have seen the palm trees in some of the picturesque photos that pop up of Sri Lanka. There’s a large dirt mound that leads to a unique viewpoint of Mirissa, from where you can chill and catch rays or enjoy a well deserved coconut. It’s becoming one of the top things to do in Mirissa.
Dewmini Roti Shop
Now restaurants wouldn’t normally come up in things to do in Mirissa. However, this hidden gem was found by travellers not so long ago and by the power of word of mouth soon shot to #1 Place To Eat on Tripadvisor. Run like many roti shops in Sri Lanka – out the back of a family home, it’s adapted to its popular demands by serving up some amazing avocado & cheese rotis and all sorts of other unique fillings compared to the average roti shop. One piece of advice…be sure to save room for the Banoffee roti for desert!!
Secret Beach Mirissa
Aside from Mirissa Beach, there’s another beautiful spot for an afternoon of sun bathing and drinking coconuts. Not so secret anymore but still an awesome spot to hike to. As the name suggests it’s out the back of beyond and is the perfect place to get away from the crowds or go for a beer come sunset.
Day Trip To Weligama
This is not one of the things to do in Mirissa but Mirissa Beach definitely lacks the surf scene. So if surfing’s your game we recommend you hop on a scooter and cruise 15 minutes minutes down the coast to Weligama. Famous for its surfing spots it’s worth a trip, even if you just chill on the beach for the day and watch the pros.
If you do make it Weligama, be sure to pop in and say hi to the guys at Ceylon Sliders. They serve up the most delicious healthy breakfasts and shakes at affordable prices!
Where To Eat In Mirissa
Dewmini Roti Shop – As mentioned earlier, if you don’t visit this place we’ll be very disappointed in you!
Kama – For a beautiful spot on the beach front and one of the most popular places in town, its ambience and food is faultless!
Luxury – Paradise Beach Club Mirissa – Just a one minute walk from the beach and exactly what it states in the name – paradise!
Mid-Budget – Peacock Villa Mirissa – a comfortable and luxurious stay in the heart of Mirissa. Great food and exceptional service.
Budget – JJ’s Hostel – For a boutique, clean accomodation and guesthouse look no further! Specially designed for travellers with a focus on comfort and a little bit of luxury where it matters, JJ has nailed meeting travellers needs with this upmarket hostel.
You can also check out the prices of other places to stay in Mirissa here.
More Sri Lanka
For more things to do in Sri Lanka and which route to take, make sure to check out our break down – The Best Of Sri Lanka – A Route & Trip Guide
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