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Mirissa

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Beaches · Spas
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination. Once known for its hauls of tuna, snapper, and butterfish, Mirissa's reputation today rests mainly on the scenic quality of its sandy coastline and its wealth of whale-watching spots. A set of squat buildings sit by the sand, including guesthouses, cafes, bars, and seafood restaurants, but Mirissa tourism does not yet feature the same number of large resorts and high-rise hotels found in other beach towns. Overall, Mirissa's limited development adds to its relaxing, paradisal atmosphere. Plan your visit to Mirissa and other destinations in Sri Lanka using our Sri Lanka trip planner.
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It comes as no surprise that most visitors to Mirissa want to be as close to the beach as possible, and the accommodations in the town cater to this desire. Beachside guesthouses and inns, usually rather modest in size, sit by the sandy stretch and on the roads that lead away from it. The main thoroughfare, Matara Road, features a number of accommodations as it works its way inland to the west, and when it becomes a coastal road to the east of the main town. Some hostels have opened in recent years, providing dormitory-style lodging for particularly budget-conscious travelers.
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