Hostels in Mirissa, Sri Lanka

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Get to know Mirissa (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Mirissa. To help you make friends with Mirissa before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Mirissa is a popular coastal town in the south of the country. It is located near other popular beaches and cities such as Galle, Weligama, and Midigama. The area has great weather year-round, even during the monsoon season in May. Prices tend to be less expensive during the monsoon season, but travelers should be aware that many establishments such as tourist restaurants and shops are also closed during this period. Street food and locally run restaurants will still be offering delicious Sri Lankan cuisine, and the beach will be much less crowded.

There are many options for hostels Mirissa, Sri Lanka, including boutique places; chain accommodation; and small, family-run guesthouses.

Most travelers opt to stay in Mirissa Beach, but in the "North" is easier to access as it is located closer to the train station. The beach is a short rickshaw ride away and prices at Mirissa North, Sri Lanka hostels are usually much less expensive than Mirissa Beach hostels.

Travelers in and around Mirissa can explore local villages, visit Garadu Gaga Lake, and spot incredible wildlife.

Most travelers head to the area for surfing and to see aquatic animals such as humpback whales and sea turtles. Just ask the staff at your hostel, and they will be able to advise on which companies are ethical and treat animals fairly. Some hostels also sell tickets to the government-regulated whale-watching excursions.

To see wild sea turtles, you can get a tuk-tuk to Parrot Rock at Mirissa Beach. Sea turtles are spotted often here during the early morning hours and at dusk. Even if no sea turtles are spotted, the Parrot Rock beach is beautiful, with turquoise waters, endless palm trees, and vibrant coral.

Also, in the around Madiha you will spot many Wild Turtles.

Written by local enthusiast for Mirissa hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Mirissa hostels Kelly Sheldrick

FAQ about Mirissa Hostels

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Why Not Backpackers is the best rated hostel for partying in Mirissa.

It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

Your Packing List for Mirissa

Your Packing List for Mirissa

Pack smart, not hard


Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Mirissa and Sri Lanka.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Mirissa Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Mirissa, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
16 Total number of hostels
$9 Average dorm price
$5 Cheapest hostel in Mirissa
I & I Hostel is the cheapest
5 Party hostels in Mirissa
Why Not Backpackers is the best rated
7 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Weligama (5 Km / 3 mi.)
Midigama (8 Km / 5 mi.)
Matara/ Madiha (9 Km / 6 mi.)
Ahangama (12 Km / 7 mi.)
Habaraduwa Koggala (17 Km / 10 mi.)
Unawatuna (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Galle (28 Km / 18 mi.)

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