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 hostelsKelly Sheldrick