Once a sleepy fisherman’s village, Mirissa has rapidly evolved into one of the most sought-after Sri Lankan destinations. Situated on the southernmost tip of the island, Mirissa draws travellers of all ages to indulge in a tropical paradise, surf empty breaks, admire the fabulous marine life and savour the celebrity-style luxury served in private villas.
Mirissa is a splendid coastal town with hassle free pace of living, magnificent scenery and generous locals. Serene, quiet and remote, Mirissa has the power to turn your dreams of a tropical paradise to the reality. Take a fascinating book, slip into a hammock, grab a fresh coconut, and – voila – your dreams came true.
Should you want to indulge in the more active leisure, water sports or vibrant nightlife, there are hundreds of activities available in Mirissa to keep you entertained. Two surf breaks provide a fantastic playground for riders, snorkellers are blessed with magnificent underwater scenery and sports enthusiasts may have all the shoreline for themselves to jog on sunset. Nature lovers are blessed with numerous attractions in and around Mirissa such as whale and dolphin watching or visiting a turtle hatchery.
Several beach bars and cafes serve amazing local cuisine at a very reasonable price. The close proximity to Weligama and other tourist locations enables visitors to take the most of the vibrant nightlife, and return to their quiet and serene Mirissa villa or accommodations for the ultimate relaxation away from the noise.
WHAT WE LOVE
The most photogenic beach
Stunning hilltop villa resort
Cosy beachfront restaurants
Fantastic empty surf breaks
Whale and dolphin watching
Situated towards the south of Colombo International Airport (a.k.a Bandaranaike International Airport) in the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka, Mirissa is an ideal base to take in all sights of the southern part of the island and indulge in the tranquil and serene ambience.
Although it is possible to get to Mirissa, Sri Lanka over land or water, the best way is to fly:
It can take anywhere between 2,5 hours to 3 hours to reach Mirissa from Colombo International Airport depending on traffic. Ministry of Villas can arrange a chauffeur to greet you upon arrival and escort you to your villa.
Alternatively, there is a taxi desk at the arrival level which arranges one-way fares at a fixed-price. It is recommended to negotiate about the price before getting into the car, as metered taxis do not travel long distances from Colombo.
If you are travelling in a larger group, hired minivan is the best option to reach Mirissa. The service is available through the travel agencies in the Colombo airport at the arrival level.
Getting to Mirissa by train might be significantly faster than the public bus. The train departs from Colombo Fort, and it can take between 2,5 hours and 3,5 hours to arrive in Weligama, which is 7 km away from Mirissa. From Weligama, you can take a public bus or tuk-tuk, which provides a more comfortable travel.
Public buses are the least comfortable, yet, the cheapest way to travel to Mirissa. Take a bus in the direction of Tangalle or Matara, and ask to get out in Mirissa.The buses depart according to scheduled time, yet, the trip can take from 3,5 hours to 5 hours to reach Mirissa as this transportation mode is very slow.
There are plenty of options, so we’ve ranked them according to our recommendations for first-time travellers:
Ministry of Villas can arrange a private car and chauffeur for you. Depending on which villa you are staying in, the cost for the private car and chauffeur can vary, so it’s recommended to contact our Ministry of Villas team to get the complete information about the private transfers.
Due to the compact size of Mirissa, the town can be easily covered on foot. In fact, it’s the best way to explore the area at your own pace and indulge in the quiet long strolls along the beach or streets.
If you are planning to travel further afield, tuk-tuk is a convenient and very affordable way to explore the nearby locations. You can simply flag one down the street, but before getting into tuk-tuk always negotiate the price.
If you prefer moving around on two wheels, there is no shortage of motorbike rental shops in Mirissa. Though, the traffic is very chaotic, so a certain level of experience is required. Moreover, you should have an international driver license on your person at all times, and for your safety always wear a helmet.
Sports enthusiasts will appreciate an eco-friendly way to move around the city and beyond by bicycle. Though, be careful when travelling along the beachfront paths as there could be areas with deep sand.
Mirissa houses one stunning Pointe Sud Ministry Approved villa. Nestled on the clifftop, the villa offers breathtaking panoramic views over to the Indian Ocean, serene and quiet ambience and impeccable service to make your holiday truly remarkable. Accommodating up to 10 guests, this 5-bedroom fabulous villa is also an affordable property for big families and larger groups.
Pointe Sud also has dedicated staff including butler, chef, 24-hour security personnel, drivers and many other services you won’t find in a hotel. This is why we say “Spend just one night in a villa and you’ll never stay in a hotel again.”
If you are a seafood lover, there is no better place to spend a holiday than Mirissa. After two weeks of fishing near Maldives, fishermen boats that moor at the city’s harbour burst with all types of edible and fresh seafood.
Once you get tired of the freshest snappers, lobsters and jumbo prawns, local kottu roti might become a great alternative to your seafood diet. Opt the venue with the open kitchen so you can watch the fascinating process of preparing this typical local dish.
For the utterly romantic dining under the stars head to one of the numerous beachfront restaurants, which serve simple, yet, savoury local and international dishes. Beautiful scenery, friendly atmosphere and great food will make your dining experience unforgettable.
Just as with dining, most of the bars are dotted along the beach. Laidback, relaxed and peaceful atmosphere stand out Mirissa establishments among other locations, making them excellent to enjoy each others company, chat and chill out.
Take a seat, grab refreshing mojito and relish in the view of the setting sun over the Indian Ocean. A couple of beach bars invite local bands to play live music, so you can listen to your favourite songs while sipping an ice cold beer.
For a more vibrant evening take a ride to Galle or Unawatuna cities that features hectic bars, beach clubs and trendy lounges, where you can party, dance and savour various exotic cocktails.
Shopping in Mirissa is a rather low-key, and it’s definitely not the place, where shoppers can satisfy their buying appetite.
The basic necessities can be found at shops lining the main road, while fresh fruits and vegetables are sold in the streets stalls set in the centre of the town.
Fashion shops, accessories stores, gem factories and many other shops are plentiful in Galle and Weligama towns, so for serious shopping, take a tuk-tuk ride to these locations where you will be spoilt for choice of the quality items and beautiful souvenirs to bring back home.
Mirissa offers the relax-on-the-beach type of retreat with numerous water sports and leisure available for active travellers. Soak up the sun, swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, ride perfect waves or immerse yourself in the fascinating underwater life; you will never get bored in Mirissa.
Another must-do in Mirissa is whale and dolphin watching. There are numerous boat services that organise tours in the early morning hours. Before getting to the site, you will be served a light breakfast, and a bottle of fresh water. The tour itself takes around 4 hours during which you will get some great views of dolphins and massive whales when they come out for air.
After an active day in the tropical paradise, there is no better way to relax than getting an Ayurvedic treatment in the local massage shop. Combining various technics and practices, Ayurvedic body procedures will give you the feeling of the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation, so do not miss the opportunity to get a bit of pampering and treat yourself to a wonderful body treatment.