Things to do: Mirissa is best known for whale and dolphin watching. If you're up for a boat ride on a lazy afternoon, you can get lucky and spot spinner, striped, bottlenose or spotted dolphins that surround the waters around Mirissa. Operators also provide boats for 3 to 4 hours and fishing equipment for game fishing.Best time to visit: Whale watching in Mirissa starts from November onwards. The months between January to March are the best time to visit Mirissa.
On morning of 6th August we took train to go ella. Its like ooty and mussoorie in india. Its tea garden place. I recommend to take train to go to ella from kandy. As you can see very good landscape in route. I suggest to stay night at nuwara ella rather than ella. Nuwara ella is much cold than ella. We got room for 3 at 2000 slr near to public transport area as we have to take bus early morning to go to mirissa on next day. In ella we meet our friends from France. We spend evening together. we went to waterfall and caves together. This place is also very much famous for its tea. You can get flavored tea with strawberry chocolate flavor and many more.
As we headed towards our final destination Mirissa we come across various small beach towns like Unawatuna which was earlier known among the beautiful beaches in the world before its shore was washed away by the tsunami and Weligama known for the tiny Toprabane Island. We met various locals on our way who were rallying for their next president of Sri Lanka and shared their thoughts about who should be their next leader and why India has always been their friend.
Costa can go a bit higher around these. Over past few years Mirissa has become a favorite. Do not restrict yourself within these few options try smaller and quieter beaches of Polhena and Nilwella.
Buses are easily available all around the country and you will find direct buses to Matra and Tangalle from Colombo.
Another 4 hrs from Buttala got us to our next destination -- Mirissa. Mirissa is a beautiful sun kissed beach doted with many restaurants on the beach. We stayed in Mirissa only to catch a whale watching trip the next morning. The whale watching cruise is roughly around LKR 4000 onwards per person, you set out at 7 am and it's a 3-4 hour boat ride to see the whales. They offer you breakfast as well as a sea sickness pill if you are prone to sea sickness as the ride can get quite bumpy.
Mirrisa:There are frequent buses to Mirrisa from Galle for 60-70 LKR. Once you get down just head to the beach because that's what Mirrisa has to offer. This beach was recommended by lot of people so I assumed it can't be missed.The sea on west coast is rough during this season. There are many restaurant where you can keep your luggage and go and enjoy the sea , if you don't plan to take a room (like me as I had my flight in evening). You can do whale watching for local price of 2500 LKR and 6000 or 4400 (on discount) LKR if you book online. Just that these online options are more fancy and give you breakfast etc. As I had splurged money in Galle pampering myself, so whale watching was out of my budget. If you plan to do whale watching, you have to be in Mirrisa by 6 a.m. remember that the whale story might not be all that rosy...you just might see a whale which might not flip for you in the air.#Stay:If you would like to stay by the beach there are many options available. Also, you could stay in some places on the other side of the beach as well.#Food:The restaurant around beaches offer pizzas, burger etc. though I kept myself to still the local food of rice n curry which was nice as they served me the food they cooked for themselves.And then I headed back to Colombo. To save time I took bus till Galle and then express highway for 420 LKR from Galle. You can also go to Matara bus station and take the express highway bus as it takes much lesser time in express highway buses than the local buses. From express highway , take 138 to Petah and from there take express highwaybus.I wanted to board at 12 a.m. and it wasn't there but there are many local buses available. And voila! Your amazing solo trip comes to an end.Few pointers: Change your currency into USD or Lankan rupees outside the airport in India. At airport you get 1 RS = 1.5 LKR when outside its 1 RS = 2 LKR.NOTE: In Lanka you ll not be able to exchange INR.Booking online hotels is helpful but sometimes it made me inflexible as I couldn't change my itinerary in Dambulla and Galle. Also, I realised that booking.com is better than agoda.com as you can do booking without paying. If you can afford to , prefer to find places on the spot and then bargain. As suggested by a reader , you can also try airbnb.com for accommodation booking. Thanks blacksnowsurfer. There are buses to everywhere. Find your options before resorting to expensive tuk tuk or taxi.Solo women travellers: You will constantly hear hi, hello madam where are you going from the local tuk tuk people but they are absolutely harmless. If you involve in a conversation with them, they actually help you to move around in local places. A stern look or a yell is what it takes to get them away if they get on your nerves.This trip was originally published on Joey- my travels for your ease.
Ella to mirissa7th August we moved from mountains to beach again. Ella to mirissa beach. Unlike beach on east side where you don t have waves and calm sea, you have big waves on west side beach good for surfing. Mirissa is a good town. You can find many hotels and guesthouse around the beach. Enjoy on beach and take bicycle on rent and just explore the area. Climate is bit a hot on west side during august.
Another mesmerizing beach, Mirrisa! Just 12 KM from Matara. Before even reaching our hostel we went to the beach. A curvy beach with dozens of restaurants and bars on the shore. Just the best place to spend your evening, get rid of all the worries and relax!