Tourist information about Mirissa
General information about Mirissa
Mirissa (mirissa) is a small town and a beach resort area in the South of Sri Lanka on the Indian ocean (the map of Mirissa, Sri Lanka). Mirissa was formed at first as a purely tourist resort area, and then it formed a modest urban infrastructure. Houses of local residents almost here, and everyone is focused only on tourism. In addition to tourism, the village lives also fishing, most of which, again, is focused on resort guests.
The first tourist hotel here appeared in 1980, and the place was so successful that in the 90-ies started to develop rapidly, and today has become one of the most attractive beach resorts in the South. Come here for excellent beaches, calm surroundings, solitude and idleness. If you compare Mirissa with the other two most popular resorts of the South – Navauto and the Golden Sands, there is much calmer. Compared to them, Mirissa is a real wilderness, but this is the main feature of the resort.
Tourism infrastructure is there, but there are only the most necessary. For shopping, you need to go to Matara, Galle, or at least neighbouring resort of Weligama. Bank, ATMs and currency exchange offices here either, for them too to go to a neighboring town. Even the Internet is not in all hotels, but if there is, as a rule, very slow and unstable. No problems with food here, cafes and restaurants abound.
Entertainment is very low, and, frankly, the majority of tourists here becomes boring after a week of rest. The main local attraction is, of course, the beaches of Mirissa. They are just wonderful, and almost worthy of the title "bounty". However, the main beach is exposed to strong waves, but if you go a little East (towards Matara), there are a couple of bays with very calm water. The presence of waves in the main Bay with the success enjoyed by surfers, and it's one of their favorite places. And next door is the beach Weligama is the best place in the South for surfing. In the Eastern part of the beach where the waves do not interfere, it is possible to enjoy snorkeling, although sophisticated and experienced divers here, nothing will surprise you. For all these activities, there is Board rental (RS 1000 a day see the exchange rate of Sri Lanka) and Snorkelling equipment.
Special entertainment by which Mirissa visit even vacationers at other resorts tourists boat trips to blue whales. The local waters are a wintering area of these giants, and therefore it is often possible to see here.
Night in Mirissa to do almost nothing. No discos and noisy bars here, the district falls asleep very early, and after 9 PM all the cafes are closed. The only exception is on Friday evening, when the beach is a noisy party until midnight. By the way, in the evening on weekdays on the beach with plenty of cafes where you can eat freshly caught seafood in a romantic setting overlooking the ocean. This is probably the only evening entertainment on weekdays in Mirissa.
Currency exchange in Mirissa. official exchange offices, banks and ATMs here. Currency can be exchanged only informally in hotels at an unfavorable rate. The nearest banks and ATMs can be found in Matara (Sampath Bank, Commercial Bank, Hatton Nation Bank, can be reached by bus) and Weligama (Commercial Bank, you can even walk there). If you don't plan to get anywhere and just relax here, then it makes sense to exchange money directly at the airport. The exchange rate in exchange offices of the airport is the same as in banks in the cities.
Shops and shopping in Mirissa. There are virtually no stores. Something thing you need can be bought on the market, but for anything serious you should go at least in the Matara or Weligama. Unfortunately, even basic souvenir magnets or figurines of elephants here to find easy.
Weather in Mirissa, seasons, when to go
Mirissa is a year-round resort.
High season is between November to April. At this time, almost no rainfall and strong waves. In addition this season wintering whales, and at this time most likely to see them during special excursions.
Low season runs from may to October. At this time the probability of rain is pretty strong waves. Excursions for whales at this time also go, but the chance to see them less.
The tourist seasons in Mirissa months*
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
The beach at Mirissa
The Mirissa beach is one of the most beautiful in Sri Lanka. The beach is small, just under a kilometer, but together with the neighbouring beaches it is quite long, and lovers of long walks along the coast here should be like.
The main beach is in a Bay, which, however, does not protect him from the winds and waves, and the conditions for swimming are not the best. Sometimes the waves are just churning waves, and it is not only in the low season. Basically there are time surfers.
Fortunately, East of the main beach towards Matara is located two coves, framed by beautiful sandy beaches, where the waves are much smaller. If the main beach does not suit you because of the waves, you can walk to these bays. In addition to a comfortable bathing here you can swim with a mask. The boundary between these beaches and the main beach forms a sand spit with a small island just a few dozen from the shore (called Parrot Rock) and walk through the shallows. In the evening gather on the island many tourists to see the sunset. Say here he is one of the most beautiful in Sri Lanka.
Hotels in Mirissa are advised to book in advance, as it often is busy, because it is one of the most popular resorts of Sri Lanka. The prices here are slightly higher than at other resorts. In high season the Geste is almost no amenities can be found from 1000 rupees, and for the normal placement of the fan will have to pay 3000.
The peculiarity of the local hotels and guest houses is that they almost no hot water. For the placement of hot water you will have to pay almost one and a half times more expensive than similar accommodation with no hot water. Air conditioners are also uncommon, mainly in the rooms of fans. By the way, not the fact that if the air conditioner is, it will be cool. Be sure to check his work before settling. The TVs also have not everywhere, but the normal channels anyway. Wi-fi is also uncommon, and works shockingly slow.
On arrival at the bus station tourists catch tuk-tuks and offer their help in finding "the best and most inexpensive hotels". Do not rush to use their services. Firstly, find a hotel on the site, if you don't book in advance, it is possible and on foot, because everything is very compact. And secondly, tuks are often bred our brother for money: will first ask for your help in finding a hotel 200 rupees, then a long carry at cheap and disproportionately expensive hotels, from which you will refuse, but at the end of the trip will require a sum of 10 times more because I'll tell you that too many of you were taken due to the fact that you refused to hotels. But still better to book the hotel in advance.
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Hotels and beaches of Mirissa on the map
How to get to Mirissa
Mirissa is situated about 170 km from Colombo international airport. To get from there to the resort is easiest by taxi, the trip will cost $ 100, time more than 3 hours. To book a car and see current pricing by using the search below, but not necessarily, the machine can be found at the place, and you can get the price a little lower.
If the taxi is too expensive, it can be reached very cheaply by bus or train. The trip will cost no more than 300 rupees, however, have to go with transfers, and time it will take half a day. First, from the airport you will need to get on the bus to the bus station in Colombo (how to do it – in detail here). We'll need to take a bus to Matara (No. 2), and he will drop you in Mirissa (tell the conductor where you want, and it will drop you off at the right stop). To find the bus at the station, it is easiest to seek assistance from local or bus drivers, and you show the right. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Galle, and change there to another bus to Matara. If you drive in the opposite direction from Mirissa to Galle or Colombo, it makes sense to first go back to Matara, to avoid the crush at the bus.
If you decide to go by train, just as with a bus, first from the airport take the bus to the railway station in Colomboand then catch the train to the railway station and the Mirissa (but the station is far from the area), or to Weligama or Matara and from there to get back on the bus. Prefer the latter two options are also trains at these stations more stops, especially in Matara, as it is the Terminus. From railway stations to buses to get there easily on foot.
Train timetables can be found on the website https://www.eservices.railway.gov.lk.
Well, another way to get here is by plane through the airport Koggala (Koggala Airport). This airport is located in the South in the town of Kogalla, and there are flights on light airplanes and helicopters from Colombo airport company Cinnamon Air and Millennium Airlines (Simplifly), from the airport to Colombo-Ratmalana companies FitsAir and again Millennium Airlines. The fare one way from $ 230.
Transportation in Mirissa
To move around Mirissa no transportation is not needed, the area is very small, everything can be explored on foot. To get to the neighboring town of Matara or Weligama for shopping or for a walk, take the bus.
There are rental motorbikes, from 800 RS/day. Find a car with driver can be rented through the hotels.
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Attractions in Mirissa virtually no. There are only a couple of churches Kandavahari Temple and Sri Sunandarama Temple, and excursions to the whales.
If you want to see something interesting, then you should pay attention to landmarks all over the South of Sri Lanka, and it is possible to go to the center of the island in the cultural triangle. The perfect base to explore these places is by rented transport – motorbike or car with driver. To the nearby places can be reached by bus.
Not far to the East from Mirissa Matara is where there is an old Fort Museum and the temple on the island. To reach Matara by bus. If you drive a little more to the East, you can get to the most southern point of the island - Dondra, where there is a very picturesque lighthouse. Also to the East is a cave temple Mulgirigala and Yala national Park.
To the West is the Galle Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site. Still relatively close to the national Park Sinharaja forest. In the village of Habaraduwa (Habbaraduwa) near the resort of Unawatuna is worth visiting the turtle farm.
Excursion to blue whales (whales Watching)
Speaking specifically about Mirissa, there is the only noteworthy attraction is the blue whale. The fact that local waters are home to these animals for the winter, and away from the Marina, daily trips to see blue whales and dolphins. This is a very exciting spectacle, and here on this tour rush with all resorts of Sri Lanka.
To view whales, enough to buy a tour from your hotel or Agency on the street from 6000 rupees. What is good for children up to 13 years pay 50% and for children under 6 years of age generally do not need to pay. If you want to save, can walk to the Marina (located between mirissa and Weligama) and there to buy the ticket directly on Board. Minimum known to us prices when buying on the pier – 4,000 rupees, but you might find cheaper.
Tours start early in the morning (7 am) and lasts 4 to 7 hours, depending on the presence of whales. Some operators offer a free second tour if you do not see whales the first day. Some even return the money in this case. Here are a couple of well-known operators: http://www.whale-watching-mirissa.com/, http://www.rajaandthewhales.com/
As for the season, the most successful season to see whales from December to April. At this time whales a lot, and you can see them from really close range. In low season tours also not stop, but the chances of seeing whales up close is very little.
And, keep in mind that sailing on a small boat for 7 hours – not a pleasant occupation. Please be remedy for motion sickness, and try not to climb to the upper deck, if it is very much prone to motion sickness. And yet, for shooting whales need a good telephoto lens (more optical zoom).