Firstly, Mirissa is NOT a city. It is a location between a city, Matara and a town, Weligama. It is a tourist area, with the usual tourist shops and the highway from Colombo to Matara.
A pleasant place, with very friendly locals, there are opportunities for massages, whale and dolphin watching, as well as walks in the country. The buses run frequently, and are very cheap #0 Rupees to Matare, or approaximately. 20 Rupees to weligama. There is also a railway line, though mirissa station is a few kilmetres inland and the train doesn't seem to stop there too often. This leaves the stations at Weligama or Matara as the choices. A nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle, but only a short bus ride to a bigger shopping centre at Matara.
Great spot 3 hrs from Colombo! Grab a beach side hotel and enjoy the days relaxing on the beach and eating at the restaurants on the beach.
If you stay in Mirissa, I recommend that you visit Welligama for surfing. This would be a valuable trip if you are a beginner.
This once tranquil beach is now packed with subnets and is not somewhere to relax anymore. Great for groups wanting a good time as there are plenty of parties and late nights but not a place which offers a romantic break and peace and quiet.
mirissa is a wonderful place for relaxing. my boyfriend and me loved this place for its amazing beach.
more over you can go in the ocean and have fun,not like in the western sri lanka. mirissa is ore a village,nice, clean and friendly with good and cheap local food.
Very laid-back, hassle-free, beautiful beach and bays around Mirissa. Not great for shopping but excellent for chilling and being in the sea.
There is not much to see in Mirissa, it's just a dusty little town with a few tourist shops. It's beaches are absolutely beautiful.
There is good surfing, huge beach with lots of restaurants and snack bars and a much more child-friendly beach which is like a lagoon, having a stretch of coral reef that breaks the waves. Snorkeling equipment is cheap to hire although much of the coral was destroyed by the tsunami. A couple of hotels (Giragala Village, Palm Villa) have large gardens (hammocks, loungers, freshwater outdoor shower)right on the beachside and do not mind non-residents using them if you just buy drinks or snacks. Very relaxing and I spent a lot of my time in the Giragala Village garden and the staff were really friendly. In fact, I was so impressed with the place that I added another 3 days on to my time in Mirissa and stayed there.
Nice beach, full of hotels, if you want to go party, go there. If you want to relax, 1 night here is enough.
At night it is really great, there is a very good vibe among the people. Although they really need to clean up the beach, it is very poluted when you walk towards Matara.
You can find very cheap accommodation from $8 - $ 100 ... but it seems like the average price is around $50....
Beautiful beaches but becoming more crowded. Good for surfing. The more pristine, isolated beaches can be found near Tangalle but there is little in the way of tourist facilities.
Make sure you visit the surf bar at the left side of the beach (looking at the beach) for great food and italian coffee.
The Paradise Beach Club is great for food and relaxing in the sun. Make sure to go whale watching - ask about so you get the best price.
Don't travel here alone unless you want to be lonely as the only people here seem to be couples or families.
Great beach - lots of bars and restaurants - but still really chilled out vibe walking along beach at night.