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Mesmerising Mirissa

Outlined by swaying palms and spread across a vast expanse of openness in the South of Sri Lanka is Mirissa.

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Time Out editors

It is a shore that is calm and serene. Yet the clean sandy beach and clear blue water of the ocean offer a treasure trove of exciting moments too. The beauty of Mirissa is awe-inspiring. As the lighthouse sparkles as a sentry from far, fishing boats rhythmically move in the unstill waters of the ocean. Enjoy the enduring waves and wind sweeping from the sea, as you lounge on the shore savouring the invigorating juice of the king coconut. The thrilling rush of adrenaline as you ride the waters on a surfboard makes for a memorable stay in Mirissa. Snorkelling and scuba diving adventures will allow you to experience a wonderful encounter with hordes of tropical fish and beautiful coral reefs.

The waterborne safari here is one of the most sought-after expeditions across the ocean to watch the wonders of nature in action. Dolphins, natural performers, put on a fine show of synchronised swimming beside tourist boats. Blue whales rise from the depths of the ocean into the sky and back to the watery abode with a big splash, a vision of wonderment.

The Mirissa beach is lined with plenty of hotels and resorts that serve signature Sri Lankan cuisine and desirable choices of food from around the world. The shore is filled with romance under the pink hues of evening. With music in the air, dazzling colourful lights, sizzling dishes and the merry clink of frothing glasses these restaurants make the beach a hotspot at night.

In addition to relaxing at the beach, there’s a great deal to explore in Mirissa. Stroll in the town, visit the fishing harbour or tour the Rock Island that offers a spectacular view during sunset. 

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