When we were there:
Late June/ Early July
Where we stayed:
We stayed at Palm Villa and loved it. Right on the water, it is great place just to relax and have lazy days and not leave your accommodation if you don’t want to
Where we ate:
Most places along Mirissa beach have happy hour that extends for most of the day where you can get a large lion for 300rp and sit and watch the sunset
Roti shop. We did visit this place quite a bit at the beginning of our stay but we are pretty sure we got ill from our last visit.
Even if you don’t stay at Palm Villa it has a good restaurant to have a full fish meal on the beach at a better price!
If you run out of food options in Mirissa we jumped on a tuk tuk and went to the next beach Welligama and visited the restaurant in the Hostel Hangtime, run by Australians. We all ordered the burgers and thoroughly enjoyed them! The roof top bar is a great place to sit and watch the surfers.
Stuff we did:
If you don’t want to be moving all the time, Mirissa is a good place to do day trips from. Yala NP is about 3 drive away and we organised a day tour leaving 11am, returning to Mirissa by 9pm. For 3 people we paid 22000rps which included everything. Driver, safari jeep and entrance fees. We saw a leopard, elephants, a bear, crocodiles amoungst others. Try not to go on a weekend when all the local tourists are there also.
We also went to Udawalawe which is another NP, more known for elephants rather than the array of animals Yala has. Udawalawe is a smaller park, therefore the Elephants are in a more concentrated area. Including everything as above, we paid 20000 for 2 people for the day trip.
Galle is 29km or approx an hours drive in a car or on a scooter. We hired scooters for the day (800rps) and explored the fort and had lunch. In and around the galle fort there are some lovely boutique shops/restaurants and cafes targeted to tourists and high end local shoppers and diners. Worth a look. We went to Poonies for lunch which is made for Westerners- but very nice! We also scooted back via the Stilt Fishermen who wanted 1000rps for a photo 😅 They were making a killing from the truck loads of Chinese tourists, but we paid them 300 for one of us to take photos and left. We also went via the Virgin Tea Plantation which is touristy but worthwhile seeing how tea is grown and processed.
What we thought:
We thought Mirissa is a great place to relax by the beach, have a beer and base yourself for day trips to the national parks and Galle. Mirissa gets a big thumbs up from us!!