Mirissa ෴ මිරිස්ස
Mirissa, a picture-perfect bay beach in the Southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka is located 146km south of Colombo. Mirissa can be reached by Colombo-Galle-Hambantota motor road as well as by Colombo-Galle-Matara southern coastal railway too. A couple of kilometers beyond the lovely beach of Weligama, almost hidden from the dense groves of coconut palm trees that fringe the bay lies the loveliest beach Mirissa. It's the beach to swim, snorkel, sport fishing, sea kayaking, cruises around the bay and other water sports.
Blue whales: Mirissa affords the opportunity to view one of the most exciting marine life attractions of beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka: blue whales. During the period of December to April within a 6 hour boat ride, blue whales could be sighted a few kilometers into the seas at Mirissa.
Mirissa village: Mirissa with its bay and fishing harbor has been simply a fishing village that used to host you in such a way for you to feel as if here is an exclusive private beach all for your serene loneliness. That was until its discovery by others.Today, Mirissa is a village bent on development.
About Matara District
Matara is a city on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, 160 km from Colombo. It is one of the largest cities in Sri Lanka. The town contains many remnants of Sri Lanka is colonial past and is divided by the island?s third longest river, the Nilwala Ganga, Blue River a beautiful, wide expanse of water that splits the old town from the new.
In 16th and 18th centuries Matara was ruled by Portuguese and Dutch respectively. The culture and architecture can be still seen in the area. The popular Light house in point Dondra was built by Dutch and it is considered as one of the most beautiful and oldest light houses in Sri Lanka.
About Southern Province
The Southern Province of Sri Lanka is a small geographic area consisting of the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Subsistence farming and fishing is the main source of income for the vast majority of the people of this region.
Important landmarks of the Southern Province include the wildlife sanctuaries of the Yala and Udawalawe National Park, the holy city of Kataragama, and the ancient cities of Tissamaharama, Kirinda and Galle. (Although Galle is an ancient city, almost nothing survives from before the Portuguese invasion.) During the Portuguese period there were two famous Sinhalese poets called Andare who was from Dickwella and Gajaman Nona who was from Denipitiya in Matara District, composing poems on common man.