Mirissa Beach

Mirissa Beach

Check Mirissa Beach on the Sri Lanka map

Mirissa is a small village, located between Weligama and Matara.

The history of the village is quite interesting, actually it's even hard to find in on the Sri Lankan map. It was completely unknown for the tourist even 10 years ago. The main business of the Mirissa citizens   is fishing, there is also a small harbor located there. At the moment, Mirissa getting more popular each year. Wide and beautiful sandy beaches, small guesthouses, and a feeling of a real wild-nature-living, drive a lot of tourist there.

Mirissa looks especially good  during the High season from November to April, during the low season the waves getting bigger and the beach smaller.

Recommended review time for sightseeing: 15 m

Tourist reviews about Mirissa Beach

Super beach
Iva82 [TA], , Bratislava, Slovakia

Excellent, clean, wide with very low number of people. Great for long walks, running or just suntanning. The waves are big so more suitable for surfing than swimming. Stunning sceneries around.

A little bit of paradise!
ali m [TA], , Glasgow, United Kingdom

Beautiful, quiet beach. Loved having our dinner on the beach at night with the waves coming under the table!
Definately not as many beach touts as Hikkaduwa

Lovely beach
SJGM2004 [TA], , Singapore, Singapore

Gorgeous little beach. A good variety of beach bars and restaurants. Not too busy. Avoid on the weekends if you don't want to hear nightclubs.

Party beach
vertical... [TA], , Grenoble, France

Belle plage où malheureusement les restaurants bars et boites de nuits (qui font souvent les 3 fonctions) empiètent sur la plage. La journée reste correcte mais le soir et la nuit impossible de dormir dans les hotels en front de mer car la musique des partys fait vibrer mes murs a des kilomètres de 22h a 6h du matin...
Dommage et cela se degrade d année en année.

If you like waves...
edgut [TA], , Prague, Czech Republic

If you like jumping up and down or boogie boarding in big waves, sometimes up to 2 meters or further down the beach in front of the lifeguard stand seemingly up to 2.5 or 3 meters, you'll like this beach. To escape the harsh sun I liked that a local bungalow let us sit under their sun shade of a hut for free and we bought food from nearby beach stands.

desilva l [TA], ,

I like beach and go whell watching, boat trip for fishing. Looking big fish selling and buying, i love beach side more fun and more interest.

Luna Park
hannesk19... [TA], , Seeham, Austria

Mirissa beach hat sich in den letzten Jahren durch den Massentourismus verändert hat und gleicht abends einem Luna Park. Die Stille ist verloren gegangen.

Perfect place to do... nothing :)
Steem2000 [TA], , Krakow, Poland

Great food, every night dance party in different restaurant at the beach, very interesting gulfs around Mirissa.

Beaches not only for swimming
YTCHENG [TA], , Hong Kong, China

You can find different activities along the coastal belt of Mirissa, including swimming, stilt fishing, boat riding, photo-taking, relaxing and eating. There are many sea-food restaurants on the way and you can find a seat there to watch the beautiful sunset views along the coast. Really relaxing.

Mirissa - a perfect beach to lounge
Dipanjali... [TA], , Mumbai (Bombay), India

Mirissa is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Witness the sun rise and sun set from atop the little mound that separates the beach into a green part and a blue part.
The green side with no waves is marvelous.
Enjoyed lounging there for hours.
The food served along the beach is terrific, excellent sea-food and other options.
If you come to Lanka, do make a trip to the beaches at the south.

A 9 yo love store
IvanStock... [TA], , Colombo

I came to Mirissa for the first time in 2005. Then it was trying to recover from the tsunami - now 9 years later it is still one of my favorite places in Sri Lanka. Just relax and see the ocean.

Aliwallac... [TA], , bangkok

What a beautiful place. The waves are awesome, and the hospitality is fantastic. If you are looking for a place to stay I would highly recommend Sira's Chalets.

Nice beach, surf and restaurants
Oliver M [TA], , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Liked - surf/waves was enough for body boarding, surfing and playing in the waves. Nice bars at far west of beach to watch experienced surfers. Nice vibe to beach bars.
Disliked - narrow beach (possibly due to time of the year). Not many natural shade areas.

Peach of a beach
David D [TA], , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Good waves, great bars, great fish. Mirissa Beach has a great reputation and rightfully so.
Not so afflicted by litter as some of its neighbours, this golden stretch of bay has a good choice of fresh fish diners and bars, with romantic sunset walks to be had.

Rips/Strong Currents in Ocean
xsurffami... [TA], ,

Mirissa Beach is beautiful however there were many rips and currents in the water. Be careful where you swim as we nearly had to rescue two Japanese Tourists today. Thankfully the locals jumped in.

Best beach experience ever!
BFerdinan... [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

This has been rated one of the best beaches in the world. This is a very happening tourist areas. Long stretches of golden sandy beaches. Don’t forget to visit the ‘Kande Pansala’, an ancient temple and climb ‘Gira Gala’, a rocky mountain on the beach - both places will give breathtaking views of the area. For swimming, whale watching, surfing or just relaxing ... this is the best place!

Very nice beach
Snookystr... [TA], , Australia

Mirissa beach is lovely, clean sand, clear water and a lovely place to stroll along with numerous local restaurants / hotels lining the shore line. The beach can be a bit rough so if staying here choose a beach front hotel with a pool. This is one of the nicest beaches in Sri lanka.

One of the better beaches in Sri Lanka
TomBaul [TA], , London, United Kingdom

The beach here is excellent, not too much has been built on the coastline (for now) so you still get a decent feel of tranquility with the palm trees stretching along the beach. The waves are good fun and the beach bars, in particular the Reggae Bar, are excellent. Most do sun beds and it is a very easy place to spend a day sunbathing, swimming and feasting on good seafood and cold beer.

One of the best beaches we've ever enjoyed
Emily S [TA], , Toronto, Canada

This beach was very clean (cleanest we saw in Sri Lanka) and not too overrun with tourists. It is stunning with beautiful colours and fringed with palm trees. It is a perfect place to relax.

Go out of season.
mcpinder [TA], , kent

I travelled to Mirissa in June, had excellent weather, and wonderful food. The small selection of bars and restuarants were very quiet, but all the better for it! Lovely beach, soft sand, and I enjoyed watching an impromptu cricket match on the beach with a long cool beer.

beautiful beach
debbyian [TA], , Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom

fantastic stretch of beach, the water is shallow for a good distance making it good for kids, a good mixture of bars to relax and eat at most having sun beds on the beach in front of them

wonderful beach
Tom2507 [TA], , Stockerau, Austria

Marisa's beach is awesome. It's beautiful, there are high waves and nice as well as tasty restaurants. You can rent big and small surfboards and will have a relaxing time here.

Beautiful beach with gorgeous sunsets!
Queenmatr... [TA], , Mumbai (Bombay), India

Loved the fact that the water was not too saline but gorgeous sand and waves...
Beautiful sunsets too!

good but...
DL_Nicole [TA], , Beijing, China

high wave, not good for swiming but for surfing. also more for tourists, not for local people. there are other beaches better than here, like Unawatuna.

Stunning Place
Sam B [TA], , Melbourne, Australia

Amazing beach. Has to be one of my favourite places in Sri Lanka. Want to go back. Greet place to stop and ear and drink.

Awesome beach
Duncan G [TA], , Doha, Qatar

I spent two days at Mirissa Beach and it is a magnificent beach. Highly entertaining if you like big waves, garb a board and surf all day. On the left of the beach is a lovely lookout rock which allows you to view several bays at once and the surrounding jungle. Just a great place. The beach restaurants are also fairly decent and a great place to relax and enjoy a good curry and a few Lions. Highly recommend a visit.

Once upon a time it WAS a dreamlike beach.....
Lilien C [TA], , Switzerland

I know this beach since more than 10 years and unfortunately it has become more and more a Party beach with Party Music, which can be heard along the whole beach as well as to some of the hotels and guesthouses on the Inland side throughout sometimes the whole night. The people who run many of these places are mostly uneducated and have arrogant and harassing business practices while the ones who do a god job are in the minority. Fortunately on the inland side there ares still many friendly restaurants and guesthouses. The enchanting dreamlike beach with palmtrees all along is only nice for your eyes but not any more for your ears. It would help the place if more of educated business people with a borader view would start.

Cracking relaxing beach good facilities
yebenny [TA], , Newcastle Upon Tyne

Nice clean beach with good atmosphere good bars and restaurants on it sunbeds available excellent for relaxing and minutes away from most guest houses.

Story of a Super Clean Beach
Anuj-Rank... [TA], , Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Mrissa beach is very clean and still not so popular among the travelers..According to me its on of the finest beaches in the world ...I like the fact that its still known to very few travelers which makes it a kind of private beach....

Lovely surf, long and wide
Beverley... [TA], , London, United Kingdom

Great beach. Good surf for boogie boarding. Lifeguard on duty.
Numerous bars and restaurants with good fresh, but expensive, fish.
Not too busy and no pesky hawkers!
Highly recommended.

Gorgeous Beach
Kairho1 [TA], , Ocala, Florida

Narrow but clean. High surf but picturesque. And no pesky vendors!

All in all, an excellent place to while away a few (or many) hours.

Gorgeous relaxing place to watch the sun go down
annettet [TA], , Camberley UK

I could have stayed longer than our 3 nights in Mirissa dont forget a trip to The Shack on the beach such a chilled place. loved watching the wind surfers with a cocktail in hand, soaking up the sun, just bliss

Best place in Sri lanka
adventure... [TA], , Galway, Ireland

Was so happy with this beach, relaxing beach spend 3 days on hotel on beach. Only problem was the waves too big so we couldn't really swim in the sea but I think all beaches in Sri Lanka are the same during rainy season.

nice beach but so crowded
KrishSL [TA], , Negombo, Sri Lanka

very nice place as a beach & specially for night parties on the beach. many many restaurants are conducting beach parties on each days. so enjoyable, but so crowded in this season time. also a best place for whales watching.

Gorgeous beach!!!
vilgail_s [TA], ,

One of the best beaches in Sri Lanka! Beatiful sights, a lot of sand, big waves, nice places to eat! Will defiitelly come back to Mirissa!

Another beautiful spot 30 min away from Galle
Alex P [TA], , Montreal, Canada

I would highly recommend the spot. Mirisa offers one of the most stunning beach that I have seen. The spot might be a bit touristic after lunch, but who cares. Anyone will remain speechless in front of so much beauty.

strong waves not good for small children
risingsta... [TA], , Luzon, Philippines

beach is nice but waves are strong for small children swimming far is not advisable if youre nota good swimmer.

Relax Beach
Kalum L [TA], , Lucerne, Switzerland

This is a beautyfull and relaxing beach.one of best beach in Sri Lanka.gold sand and bluewater,Once when you are there you will enjoy.sure !

Clean, pretty but touristy
LSam13 [TA], , Luang Prabang

The beach is clean with turquoise waters and it's nice for sunbathing and sipping a cocktail in a sun lounger - if you like that kind of thing that is. Other than that, it is lined with bars and restaurants and swimming isn't great due to the waves crashing onto the beach and both food and drinks are overpriced. It is very touristy. This can be annoying but at the same time it makes it ok to wear bikini.

There are some beautiful beaches just a little further east with good snorkelling and turtles.

Beautiful Beach
Tamf1 [TA], , Bangalore, India

Its really pretty and clean. The water is blue and very clear. its a really beautiful beach and everyone is super friendly.

triandswi... [TA], , London, United Kingdom

Great beach, good waves for surf down one end as well. Amazing sea and loads of laid back cafes and bars leading onto it with a v chilled out vibe.

Nice yet over exploited beach
Samuel L [TA], , Tangalle, Sri Lanka

One of the few places on this island where you can actually get into the water and not drown. Very beautiful location indeed (if you bear with the crowds).

Beautiful, uncrowded beach
Carol J [TA], , Epsom, United Kingdom

The beach is beautiful but pick your sunbed wisely if you don't want to be blasted with some rather varied music! Providing you get a peaceful spot the only thing that will trouble you is trying not to burn and, on windy days, possibly trying not to let the parasol get away.

little slice of paradise
kmh1 [TA], , Munich, Germany

fantastic beach, clear water (before the rainy season), great food, great prices. if you go, tread lightly and don't ruin it!

Loud unpleasant atmosphere
Waltbrixt... [TA], , London, United Kingdom

Had booked to spend 4 nights here and was really looking forward to relaxing by the beach and trying some surfing. On the 1st night there we were kept up until 4 in the morning by the bass of a tacky rave next door. There were drunk people walking up and down the beach and the whole place had an aggressive atmosphere. It's such a shame as the beach is wonderful.

Pretty but far from the best
l1ttlem1s... [TA], , London

Don't go to Mirissa for the best beaches in Sri Lanka. For that you need Tangalle. Go for the whale watching and, in season, the beach parties. Having said that, the beaches are relatively pretty and clean and the sea is suitable for paddling and surfing. There are also a few restaurants on the beach.

itravelju... [TA], , India

Pretty beach with lovely clear waters , watch out for the waves can be quite strong! so some caution! can't wait to visit again!

A piece of good touristic place to rest from treks!
alexissch... [TA], , Singapore, Singapore

The beach of Mirissa is a very nice and not so big place to rest after discovering all the wonders of Sri Lanka!

a pretty bay with lots of beach restaurants
dianagray [TA], , East Sussex

A lovely clean beach with many cafes and restaurants which have chairs and loungers. You can relax and watch the waves, the swimmers and the surfers. The trees along the shoreline provide some natural shade in places and there are no hustlers or sellers on the beach. In the evenings the restaurants and bars get livelier and offer freshly caught fish and seafood for dinner. A great place for a beach break.

Great for body boarding
Seb-trott... [TA], , Montreal, Canada

Was there today with my wife and two kids of 11 and 9. The beach is very wide with golden sand. Waves are good enough to body board. I saw people surfing at one end of the beach where the waves were a bit stronger. In general we found it less crowded and better than Unawatuna.

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