Mirissa is a beautiful little beach, very quiet and a bit bohemian, more popular with couples and backpackers in our opinion because the nightlife is almost nonexistent. This is perfect for a relaxing evening sipping a cocktail.
WHERE TO EAT in Mirissa?
We ate at a restaurant on the beach, because the atmosphere is extraordinary and you eat the feet in the sand. Choose any restaurant because they offer almost all the same food at the same prices for tourists (Ocean Moon, Mirissa Eye …). You can enjoy a fresh fish of the day which are showed at the “entrance” of the restaurant.
If you prefer to eat local at local prices, you will need to research a bit but we found some addresses held by local families… but you will need to go away from the beach. Otherwise, the Dewmini roti shop is recommended on Tripadvisor, a simple and inexpensive address if you want to eat rotis (we had eaten the day before, so we did not test). No. 2 on TripAdvisor when we visited Marissa in January 2014, Our World, now only rents rooms but doesn’t offer a restaurant anymore.
What to DO in Mirissa?
- The beach is known for its boat tours, to see whales and dolphins that can be found about fifteen kilometers from the coast. Unfortunately, the experience is quite expensive.
- We have not tested it, but if you want to swim in a pool, you can use the pool at Club Mirissa (183 Gunasiri Mahimi Mawatha) for a few rupees.
- A good idea is to take a ride on a scooter to go around you can rent them for $ 8 the day.
- All water sports are available.
WHERE TO STAY in Mirissa?
We stayed in the guesthouse Our World, for a few rupees, held by a lovely local! When we visited, it was almost the only option in Marissa for backpackers. Please note that the guesthouse is divided into two parts, one directly with a view on the beach but apparently the rooms are quite bad, and the other is more in land. None of the bathrooms have hot water, you better be warned