Mirissa was the next stop after Nuwara Eliya. Direct buses are available to Matara (district headquarters) and it typically takes around 6 plus hours. Road trip on this stretch of road is really beautiful with the scenery you get to see. As the proximity to the beach increased the temperature also increased considerably. We reached Matara in the afternoon and had food at one of the restaurants opposite to the bus stand. The beach is located on the other side of the road and I am sure, it will be a sight to see in the evening.
Mirissa is further 7 km from Matara. Local buses ply continuously through out the day. After reaching Matara we started looking for a place to stay and finally found Mermaid Inn. This is a family owned guesthouse. We found the rooms very clean, well maintained and economical as well. The owner stays on the other side and were very co-operative. I would suggest you to go for a AC room as Mirissa is pretty hot even during winter.
321/1, Wihadhagoda Road,
Udupila, Mirissa 81740,
Phone: +94 41 2 254978
In the early evening we went to the famous Mirissa beach. It has a soul touching landscape and environment. Soon our cameras were out and we went on capturing moments. As dusk started to dawn and the colorful lights came on, it brought out a lovely different facets to the beach. It has a lot of beach facing restaurants to spend a laid back evening here. There are sitting arrangements on the beach where the water would come and kiss your feet at night. You can expect a variety of food here. It is here I tasted Corona beer for the first time and it has remained my number 1 beer to go for. Later in the evening we decided to take a dip in the water. It was awesome. The climate cools down considerably in the night. The restaurants at the beach remains open till 11 pm. Next day our whale watching trip in the Indian ocean was scheduled early in the morning. Keeping that in mind we headed back to our guesthouse.
We were in Mirissa for little over 24 hours. But the experience and memories are like for a lifetime. If you are travelling in Sri Lanka, do say yes to Mirissa and you will not repent.
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