Tipped to be Sri Lanka’s most popular whale-watching destination, Mirissa is a beach paradise like no other. Here are some of the top attractions to explore on a visit to the beach hub.
As the premier whale-watching spot from which most tour boats set sail every morning between 6 am and 7 am, Harbour Road is a must-visit area in Mirissa. Whale-watching tours in Mirissa can last up to 4 or 5 hours and are available through local tour operators and the Sri Lanka Navy. Blue whales and sperm whales are the most frequently sighted whale varieties while spinner dolphins are also known to make an appearance.
As the main reason why most travellers head to Mirissa in the first place, this white, sandy beach is a breath of fresh air when it comes to stunning beaches on the south coast. A stone’s throw away from Sri Lanka beach villas the likes of Ubuntu Beach Villas and similar resorts, the beach is lined with seafood restaurants and beach bars.
Parrot Rock Bridge
Offering spectacular views from its vaulted heights, the hike up to Parrot Rock is well worth the effort. Tranquil and breathtaking during the morning hours when surfers hit the nearby waves, this easily accessible lookout point offers panoramic views of Mirissa Beach and its periphery.
Coconut Tree Hill
As the most photographed location in Mirissa, Coconut Tree Hill is not just for Instagram fanatics looking for a dramatic backdrop. This small hill that’s covered with coconut and palm trees is another captivating spot where you can unwind and take in the views. The hour of sunset is when this spot is especially spectacular.