Sri lanka: Mirissa beach


Because sometimes we all need some beach photos to cheer us up on a drab Wednesday in May.

100% recommend Mirissa beach for the chill part of your Sri Lanka trip – it’s a fairly compact beach with strong waves (fun swimming!), only a few minutes down the road from Unawatuna, if you’re looking for beginner surf. It definitely has a more relaxed, family vibe than Unawatuna does.

STAY: the Spice House and No1 mirissa. No.1 for the balcony view and the ease of beach access (and the aircon), and the Spice House for a relaxed, budget-friendly option with an absolutely *gorgeous* pool/veranda area (see above photo of the pool – that’s the one!)

EAT: the curry & rice at Palm Villa is the absolute best. *So* tasty, a nice walk along the beach to get to, and friendly staff…plus a seat on the edge of the bay listening to the waves crash as you eat. What could be better?! We went there twice in three nights. Zephyr is the new, European style restaurant on the beach. Super cool decor etc, super snotty staff. Book ahead or turn up *really* early and prepare yourself for some condescension. The food is pretty nice, but no better than anywhere else went (and we still preferred Palm Villa). Make sure you stop in at Dewmini Roti shop too for super cheap & tasty fried rice/kottu rotti. The staff are so friendly there/sound like they’re having raucus fun every day. Which is awesome.

DO: nothing on the beach. Run in and out of the bath temperature waves. Read your books. Snooze. Take a surfing lesson down the road in Unawatuna. Ignore your phone, unless it’s to listen to a great podcast. Take a cooking class at Dewmini Roti shop. Go whale watching (but only go with Raja and the Whales). Wander up and down the bay. Get really fantastic massages at Secret Root spa. Then continue to do nothing.

Mirissa was our lengthiest stop of the trip at a four night stay. Onwards we went from there in a tuktuk to Galle and thence in a bus back to Colombo. Such a beautiful place, with amazing food. For a relaxing trip, you just can’t beat it.

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