It took me a long while to be able to decide which beach to go to as there were too many to choose from in Sri Lanka. There were beaches that are more touristy, great for surfing, has whale watching and a whole lot more. I decided to go to Mirissa after finding a place which offers bed & breakfast as well as yoga sessions.
Now that was probably the sole mistake I have made for this trip as the place did disappoint me in a lot of ways. Mirissa was perfect, but the pricey place I stayed in was not. I stayed at Surf and Yoga Mirissa, and for USD 310.00, here’s what I got:
- accommodation for two nights in a sizeable room with a double bed and single bed, has a huge balcony as well, looking into the jungle
- simple breakfast of toast, eggs and jam
- two yoga sessions
- a day trip all-inclusive to Yala National Park (transport to and fro Yala as well as the safari jeep)
- a one hour massage at The Secret Root Spa
The place looked decent but there were a couple of things that were really frustrating. One, the door lock was so difficult to open – it uses one of those really old keys which had the longer stem and it made me so upset just trying to get inside my room. Two, they have major issues with water supply. I am not sure if this is the same for the rest of the hotels in Mirissa, but there is no water at major timings that you need to take a shower – mainly in the evening and morning. And the worst part is, the staff cannot do much about it. The bed was so-so, a little bit rickety, the AC gets really loud at night and disruptive. Now even if I live in the city, I am used to total silence when I go to sleep – so this was also kind of a let down.
The yoga, on the other hand – was great. The sunset yoga brings us to the cliff by the beach where the view was perfect. The sun sets just when we are about to end our practice and it’s just mesmerizing to be part of it.
Mirissa is a place that’s more for relaxing rather than exploring. There’s really nothing much I did during the two days I was there, except for laze around on the beach – practically anywhere I can lay my beach mat on and drink cheap cocktails at Papa Mango. This place is really chill with hammocks all around hanging on coconut trees, day beds and wooden planks to just lay on.
Papa Mango at sun down
Some of the places I would recommend:
- Papa Mango – a place to chill with free WiFi, good chill out music and decent cocktails
- Dewmini’s Roti Shop – the banana chocolate roti was superb!
- The Secret Root Spa
- The Secret Guesthouse – I wish I would have stayed here instead
- Zephyr – awesome dinner place just along the beach with seafood, awesome cocktails and that chill out ambiance great with friends or your partner. Not bad for going solo as well!
- and just lazing around the entire coast of Mirissa, choose a spot and chill out
my favorite beach mat made in the Philippines – it is ‘sand-resistant’