In spite of its small size, Ella has such a cool atmosphere; live music plays late into the night at restaurants and cafes, cool boutique styled stores sell hand-made souvenirs, jewellery and bags, and there is an overall sense of liveliness in the air.
Day 8 | Ella to Mirissa
It was finally time to hit the south coast of Sri Lanka, to have some sun and sand and spend the days lazing around on palm fringed beaches. Sri Lanka has loads of beaches, all around the coast, but we chose the south coast since it has some of the best beaches in the country.
From Ella, we hired a taxi to bring us 4 hours south to Mirissa. We prefer using the public transport whenever we can, but for this particular stretch of the journey, we chose a taxi because 4 hours on a local bus sounded excruciating, and taking the train would mean going back all the way back to Colombo and heading south once again.
We drove past rice fields, national parks, tiny lakes, and one town after the other for 4 hours, to be welcomed by the sunny coast in Mirissa. In the evening, my parents decided to get massages and I headed to the beach to watch the sunset. As it got dark, the beach livened up even more, fairy lights strung around palm trees lit up the beach and music played at the water-front restaurants.