Best of Mirissa

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Mirissa
One of Sri Lanka’s most enticing seaside destinations stretches along the south coast between Galle and Tangalle. The beach is the big draw of this former fishing village turned holiday resort, though travelers also come for the outdoor activities, seaside restaurants, and tropical-infused nightlife. Accommodation covers all price points here with a mix of hostels, simple family-run guesthouses, and colonial style guesthouses with hilltop views of the ocean.  

The teeming marine life just offshore from Mirissa brings blue whales to the area. Wildlife watching excursions take you out in search of these gentle giants, with the chance to see them throughout the year (especially from November through April). You might also spot other species such as humpback whales, Bryde’s whales and sperm whales, as well as dolphins. There are plenty of other ways to spend a sun-drenched day here, from hiring a motorbike for a drive along the coast to taking a surf lesson (or improving your skills if you’ve mastered the basics).
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Mirissa Beach
Map of Beaches of Sri Lanka: Mirissa & Bentota - 7 Days
Beaches of Sri Lanka: Mirissa & Bentota - 7 Days

Sri Lanka's magnificent coastline has plenty to offer, whether you're in the mood to relax under a palm tree or engage in active pursuits. This 7-day Mirissa and Bentota beach tour provides both. You'll spot blue whales on a whale-watching excursion off the coast of Mirissa and spend a whole day cycling around Galle, exploring a 17th-century Dutch fort, and learning how tea is produced at a tea factory. But the itinerary also features several days to relax on the sandy shores of Bentota and Mirissa, trying water sports, or dozing on a beach blanket.

Sri Lanka's famed Mirissa Beach
Sri Lanka Beach Getaway: Tangalle & Mirissa - 5 Days

The beaches of Sri Lanka have so much to offer. This relaxing 5-day trip takes you around to key coastal destinations, including Tangalle and Mirissa, for snorkeling, swimming, whale-watching, and the chance to observe turtles laying their eggs on the sand at night. You'll also view an incredible variety of birds on a boat tour through Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary and squeeze in some cultural sightseeing at the Dutch-style old city in Galle before catching a flight out from the capital city of Colombo.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Highlights of Sri Lanka - 10 Days

Ancient rock temples, wild elephants and whales, sloping hills planted with tea: this 10-day tour of Sri Lanka takes you to the country's incredibly diverse highlights. Go on a Jeep safari, taste tea where it's harvested, and scan the ocean's surface for whales. With a mix of cultural sites and outdoor adventures, plus time to relax on the idyllic beaches of Mirissa, this sweeping itinerary has something for everyone.

A leopard in Yala National Park
Map of Best of Sri Lanka's Wildlife - 7 Days
Best of Sri Lanka's Wildlife - 7 Days

From elephants to leopards to whales, the wildlife of Sri Lanka awaits as you embark on this weeklong adventure around the country. You'll go on Jeep safaris in national parks, spotting magnificent animals and birds along the journey. Then you'll continue onward to the coast, where you'll see blue whales during a boat tour off the coast of Mirissa. Rounding out the itinerary are a handful of cultural experiences, including a cooking class at a safari camp and time for sightseeing in the capital city of Colombo.

A leopard in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Map of Wildlife & Beaches of Sri Lanka - 5 Days
Wildlife & Beaches of Sri Lanka - 5 Days

This five-day tour highlights the remarkable wildlife and pristine beaches of Sri Lanka's central and southern provinces. Start your adventure with safari tours in Udawalawe and Yala National Parks, where you'll spot elephants and leopards in the wild. Next, you'll head down the coast to the golden sands and turquoise waters of Mirissa and Bentota before spending your final day in the vibrant capital city of Colombo. 

Other popular travel destinations in Sri Lanka
Kandy · Sigiriya · Colombo · Negombo · Ella · Nuwara Eliya · Yala National Park · Galle · Udawalawe · Tangalle · Wilpattu · Anuradhapura · Dambulla · Bentota · Pasikudah · Habarana