Get off the beaten tourist trail and head to Mirissa for some proper beach relaxation. Mirissa is a stunning, and largely undeveloped, beachside paradise located on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The small town is the ideal place for relaxing on the beach or in a hammock on your hostel balcony while enjoying the ocean’s music and salt water breeze.
There aren’t too many services available in Mirissa. Just a handful of cafes, a few local restaurants and a couple of small markets and coconut vendors together make up the city’s shopping center. Only about 4 kilometers away is Weligama, a larger town that offers most other services that Marissa does not provide. Banking, major transportation hubs, as well as large markets and shops can all be found in Weligama. Internet and phone services used to be hard to come by in Mirissa; however, with the increase in tourism, these services are now largely available there. Getting in and out of Mirissa is easy. There are plenty of tuk-tuks, taxis and shuttle services. It is also possible and fairly cheap to hire a local driver for the day or even longer.
Mirissa offers mostly simple accommodations, but a few high-end hotels and resorts are beginning to appear also. Mirissa provides mostly hostels with a relaxed atmosphere and modest facilities. There are also a lot of guesthouses, some of which offer dorm-style rooms and services. Most guesthouses and hostels in Mirissa include complimentary wifi, breakfast, hot showers and laundry facilities. It’s not uncommon for guesthouse-style hostels to also offer dinner. Meals provided by guesthouses and hostels are usually delicious traditional meals, made from local and fresh ingredients. It is a great opportunity to try some tasty, local food.
Mirissa is a great place to unwind and escape the city noise and pollution. It is, however, a quickly developing town. New cafes and restaurants are popping up every month, although the laid-back coastal vibe still remains.
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