Another destination for independent travellers and surfers on Sri Lanka’s southern coast is Mirissa. It is a small fishing village with a beautiful beach and excellent surf points. The fish landing site carries a large number of fishing vessels which bring in their catch early morning and makes a beautiful sight to watch.


While the main focus in Mirissa is the beach, it is a good starting point for excursions further south especially to the Yala National Park and Kataragama. A short distance to the interior you can find rubber and coconut plantations, ancient temples and spice gardens. Mirissa has a lot of small charming restaurants, most of them directly on the beach. Fresh seafood, traditional Sri Lankan meals and international specialties are available at reasonable prices. Tourist accommodation in Mirissa range from friendly, family run guesthouses to small, boutique-style hotels.