Mirissa Beach


The crescent shaped beach at Mirissa with fine, golden sand is just off the main road from Galle to Matara in the deep south of Sri Lanka. I first visited it in 2012 and spent a day there again this February. The sea is as appealing as ever and there is a handful of cheap cafes and beach bars with rooms to rent, all along the beach. Paradise Beach Club is the only ‘established’ hotel here with a restaurant and outdoor swimming pool open to non-residents. The pool charge is Rs. 300 (£1.50) and a beach bed with pillow and towel costs Rs.150 (£0.75). Mirissa is still frequented by budget tourists and back packers. The Paradise Beach Club restaurant attracts Chinese engineers building the Southern Highway to Matara and the menu as a result tends to have a Chinese slant. I had dinner there on two occasions with friends (seafood platter, pork chops, mixed grill, deviled fish & meat) and found the food very ordinary and smothered with sweet tomato sauce. Most ‘rooms for rent’ at the cheap cafes including Our World (Tel: 041 4906342) are very basic with shared toilets and cost about Rs.1000 (£5) per day without food.

Verdict: Lovely beach, still relatively unspoilt compared to nearby Unawatuna. Only satisfactory accommodation is at Paradise Beach Club. There is no decent place to eat.


Paradise Beach Club restaurant

Paradise Beach Club restaurant

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