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Best Places to Visit in Srilanka in 2019

  • Central Province Sri Lanka

    Central Province Sri Lanka
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  • Central Province Sri Lanka Attractions

  • 01 Galle Face Green Beach

    Galle Face Green Beach
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    Situated in the middle of the busy stretch of Galle Road and the Indian Ocean, this open space, established during 1859 on 5 hectares, is a huge hit among tourists of all age groups. During weekends, the place is abuzz with vendors who attract kids with their bright toys and bubbles. This area is open all through the year. Entry into the park is free.

    While you are here, do not miss to taste the lip-smacking delicacies that are prepared by street vendors.



    Location: This is located right next to the famous Galle Beach.

    Highlights:
     The magical and golden rays of sunset, fresh air and the positive ambience of the place make Galle Face Green one of the must-visit places in Colombo. The place is currently taken care of by the Sri Lanka’s Urban Development Authority. 

    Timings:
    This park is open 24/7 all through the day.

    Price: Entry into this park is free of cost.


  • 02 Mount Lavinia Beach

    Mount Lavinia Beach
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    Mount Lavinia is a heritage hotel, which was predominantly a huge place during 1806. There are various ocean view rooms up for taking here, provided you book early. During special festivals and peak tourist seasons, the heritage hotel offers great deals for the benefit of tourists.



    Location:
     With a spending view of the Laccadive Sea, Mount Lavinia offers luxurious services and facilities for its guests. It is located in close vicinity to the National Zoological Gardens. 

    Highlights: Sunset deals, wedding packages, national holiday deals, offers on cards of certain banks etc. are some of the promotional offers advertised by Mount Lavinia throughout the year.

    Timings: The hotel is open all through the year. It also has a children’s park, where children are treated to a variety of outdoor sports till 4PM.

    Price: 
    Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR

  • 03 Gangaramaya Temple

    Gangaramaya Temple
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    Gangaramaya Temple is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. It is more than a century since this temple was constructed; however even today, the temple doesn’t stop to surprise tourists and devotees. The pathways and doors that lead into the main sanctum sanctorum contain intricately carved sculptures that are simply breath-taking.

    Highlights: The ceilings and walls contain pictures and miniature paintings that explain stories from Buddhism religion. In the main sanctorum, a huge Buddha statue exudes a brilliant sense of calmness in the devotees. Built in a mix of various architectural styles including India, Burmese, Thai and Chinese, this temple also houses a museum.



    Location: The temple is located right on the Jinaratana Road in the heart of Colombo city.

    Timings: The temple is open from 5.30AM to 10PM.

    Price: Entry fee is LKR200 per adult.


  • 04 Dehiwala Zoo

    Dehiwala Zoo
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    Dehiwala Zoo or the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka was set up during 1936 with the sole ambition of providing ultimate protection to a wide range of wild animals and birds. . When you are here, do not miss the impressive performances from elephants, chimpanzees and sea lions.

      

    Location: This zoo is located at 
    Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala.

    Highlights:
     This place is one of the members of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). In order to encourage breeding, this zoo is actively involved in animal exchange programs. The place is known for its exotic varieties of mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and marine invertebrates

    Timings: The zoo is open from 8.30 AM to 6:00 PM on all days.

    Price: 
    Approximate price starts from 100 LKR for adult and 30 LKR for child, for foreigners 500 LKR for adults and 250 LKR for child.



  • 05 National Museum

    National Museum
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    If you are a history lover and have a keen eye for architecture, the National Museum is probably one of the first few places that you need to visit, when you come to Colombo. Established during 1877, this is the biggest museum in the island nation and is undoubtedly the pride of Sri Lanka. The place houses some of the best and personalised collections of the ancient Kandyan dynasty rulers.



    Location:
     The museum built in Italian architecture style, is located right in the heart of the Colombo city. 

    Highlights:
     The museum’s library deserves special mention as it contains rich manuscripts in palm leaves in languages like Burmese, Sinhala, Telugu, Tamil and much more. 

    Timings:
    The museum is open on all days except national holidays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

    Price:  Approximate price for local adults and kids are 35 LKR and 20 LKR respectively, whereas, for foreign adults and kids, the prices are 600 LKR and 300 LKR respectively.


  • 06 Viharamahadevi Park

    Viharamahadevi Park
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    Named after Queen Viharamahadevi, this park is the largest and probably the only public park in Colombo. It is one of those places that never cease to excite you irrespective of the number of times you come here.

    Highlights: There are lots of places to visit here like the aquarium, mini zoo, children’s play zone, war memorial, lake and the dangerous-yet-adventurous suspension bridge above it. When you and your kids are tired of running round the park, you can just relax on the cool resting places on the park, eating local delicacies like candy floss, corn and ice-creams from the sellers here. A canopy of green trees lends a beautiful ambience to this place.



    Location: The Park is located right next to the famous National Museum in the heart of Colombo.

    Timings: This Park is open all through the year.

    Price: Entry into the park is free of cost.


  • 07 Old City Hall

    Old City Hall
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    This is definitely a place that will interest any architecture or history lover. Constructed over two centuries ago, the Old City Hall is one of the brilliant architectural marvels from the bygone British era. The months of January, February, March, November and December are the best when it comes to visiting Colombo. The entry price is free of cost.


     
    Locati
    on: The hall can be found on Main Street in Colombo amidst various famous tourist spots.

    Highlights
    : There are a few attendants working in the hall, who will gladly take you around the building, provided you tip them a reasonable amount of money. The hall is literally a treasure island that contains old government equipment, transport machinery and other council chambers that were present during the earlier times.

    Timings: The place is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM ll days of the week except Sundays.


  • 08 Dutch Period Museum

    Dutch Period Museum
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    During the period between 1656 and 1796, Dutch rulers ruled over Sri Lanka. The Dutch Museum which tourists get to watch today was once the official residing place of Thomas Van Rhee, the former Dutch Governor of Sri Lanka.

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    Location
    : The place is located at Prince Street in the city

    Highlights
    : The museum contains two floors and it houses around 3000 personal collections of Dutch rulers who reigned over the place. This place was converted into a public museum during 1977, thanks to the able support rendered by the Government of Netherlands.

    Timings: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Tuesday to Saturday.


  • 09 Old Dutch Hospital

    Old Dutch Hospital
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    This building is one of those areas that have preserved their charm for quite a few centuries now. Constructed during 1681, this building crossed many stages before getting converted into a shopping complex that it is today.

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    Location
    : This shopping arcade is located in the Galle Fort area, at Hospital Street.

    Highlights
    : This is the most ancient building in Colombo Fort and was set up with the main purpose of providing medical assistance to people working for Dutch East India Company. Do not miss to visit Odels, one of the most decent joints selling high-quality souvenirs and clothes. If you are interested in shopping and eating good food, you have to visit this area as it lined with lots of cafés and eating joints.


    Timings
    : It is open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all days of the week. 

    Price
    : Entry to this place is not chargeable.


  • 10 MGM Colombo

    MGM Colombo
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    Replete with the usual casino and other table games, MGM Colombo is quite a famous gaming joint in the city. It is smaller than Bally’s or Bellagio; however, it is quite famous among its guests for the services and hospitality that it offers. While the regular players occupy the ground floor, the first floor is taken by players looking for privacy.

    Highlights: There is a dedicated floor for VIPs here as well. Music bands and cultural dance performances from international artists are performed every day at this joint. 


    Location: In the remote outskirts of Colombo.

    Special features: The cuisine is a mix of Asian and international in order to cater to the taste buds of foreign nationals who come here in plenty. Some of the table games that are highly popular here are Roulette, Baccarat, Poker, Mini Flush and Texas Hold’em. The minimum stakes at this casino are highly affordable. 

    Timings: Open 24/7.



  • 11 The Ritz Club

    The Ritz Club
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    Ritz Club is the largest casino in Sri Lanka.

    Highlights: There are totally 16 table games (6 baccarat, 6 black jack and 4 roulette tables) at this place.

    Location: Galle Face Terrace.



    Special features: The casino witnesses a healthy mix of local and foreign tourists. The choice of games that this casino houses and the customer service of the place is highly lauded by people who come here regularly. Entry is free into the Ritz Club Casino. During the evening hours, this place is occupied by a diverse mix of people who engage in their regular banter with complementary food and beverages. It is one of those of places that provide you the much-needed rejuvenation after a hard day’s work at office. The ambience of the club goes up several notches higher, thanks to its highly courteous staff.

    Timings: 24/7


  • 12 Independence Memorial Hall

    Independence Memorial Hall
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    Independence Memorial Hall in Colombo, as the name indicates, was constructed to commemorate the occasion of Sri Lankan Independence from British Rule. The construction of this memorial was completed during 1953.

    Highlights: When you come here, you ought to visit the Independence Memorial Museum as well, which honours the people who fought for Sri Lankan Independence. Currently, this hall is the venue where Independence Day celebrations and other national events are being held. Prior to the construction of the Sri Lankan Parliament, this memorial Hall served as the ceremonial assembly as well. This place currently caters to the needs of fitness enthusiasts as the open spaces here are used for jogging, cycling, public gym, aerobic sessions and other relevant activities.



    Location:
    The hall is located in Cinnamon Gardens and was formerly known as Torrington Square.

    Timings: This hall is open all through the year.

    Price: Entry into the hall is free of cost.


  • 13 Beira Lake

    Beira Lake
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    If there is one place where you can get the combined benefits of adventure, pilgrimage, picnic and fun, it is the Beira Lake. This is one of the hot tourist spots in Colombo as well. One can enjoy duck paddle boat rides on the lake.

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    Location: Located quite close to the famous Gangaramaya temple, Beira Lake offers an excellent view of the temple, especially in the evenings, when the temple is fully illuminated. 

    Highlights
    : There is another temple right in the middle of the lake – Seema Malaka Temple. This temple contains lots of Buddhist statues and a few Hindu idols.

    Timings: The lake is open all through the year to enable visitors; however evenings are the best to come here to get a panoramic view of the temple.

    Price
    Approximate price is 300 LKR however if you have paid for entry into the Gangaramaya temple,that will suffice here as well.

  • 14 Bally's Casino

    Bally's Casino
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    Bally’s is one of the respected names in the casino business in Colombo. It has been around for quite a long time and it provides complete security to its guests, members and regular players.

    Highlights: Biggest casino in Colombo.

    Location: Right at the back of Colombo Fort station.

    Special features: Bally’s treats its guests with complementary drinks and snacks. Its restaurant section provides international breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Members can choose from various packages (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Infinity) as per their budget constraints. In these packages, the minimum checking amount starts from $4000 and the maximum goes up to $100,000. Members can also get themselves rejuvenated at the spa at Bally’s. All members who opt for these packages get complementary air transfers, food, five-star hotel accommodation and free local commute from Bally’s to their hotels.

    Timings: Bally’s is open 24/7 on all days except Poya (Full Moon day).



  • 15 Continental Club

    Continental Club
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    Continental Club is one of the well-respected casinos in Colombo as it has been in the business for 18 long years.

    Highlights: One of the major highlights of this casino is that it is mostly visited by foreign tourists. There are hardly any natives found here. However, the hotel-cum-casino, upholds strong Sri Lankan values when it comes to the attire of its staff and management of table behaviour.



    Location: Galle Road.

    Special features: People enjoy this chilled-out yet professionally strict place as they know that they can enjoy their game in peace here. Due to its large number of international visitors, the hotel manages to churn quite a large variety of tasty, international cuisine. Today, the Continental Club is known as much for its food as much as it is known for its casinos.

    Timings: Open 24/7.


  • Eastern Province Sri Lanka

    Eastern Province Sri Lanka
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  • Eastern Province Sri Lanka Attractions

  • 01 Trincomalee Beach

    Trincomalee Beach
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    Trincomalee will not fail to catch your fascination with world’s finest natural harbour. It has housed some of the finest beaches in its ambit such as Nilaveli, Uppuveli and Pigeon Island. Trincomalee is accompanied with deep water port which has been the reason for several attacks in the past. If you are lucky you can spot a Blue Whale near Swami Rock which is considered to be the greatest vantage point.

     

    Highlights: If you find historical places to be quite intriguing, you can visit the temple of KandasamyKovil which is one of the five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.


  • 02 Nilaveli Beach

    Nilaveli Beach
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    Witness this heaven on earth 16kms northwest of Trincomalee.You will find here The pristine white sand juxtaposed against the deep blue waters making your ordinary mornings truly extraordinary! This tropical heaven will make you leave all the hectic city life cares behind and get you soaked in this quiet bliss. If you are a true traveller at heart the Nilavaeli beach is an amazing paradise. The bending palms swaying in the wind makes the beach look even more beautiful



    Highlights: The blue waters can definitely tempt you to plunge into the waters. If you don’t know diving then our Nilaveli diving centres have experts who can help you out with the same. You can even make a move towards the Pigeon island too which has rocks, pools and dozens of corals.


  • 03 Uppuveli Beach

    Uppuveli Beach
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    6 kms from Trincomalee lies Uppuveliis, a small and sweet village surrounded by beautifully lined palm trees and guest houses. The golden sand of the beach and sparse population and mellow ambience is what makes it one of the best hangouts. It was the famous Trincomalee’s Swami rock which had protected this small village from getting destroyed during Tsunami. There is something truly native about Uppuveli that makes it treat you like a true localite.

    Food lovers can have an unlimited supply of fresh sea food. You can find many excellent snorkelling opportunities. Apart from this sport you can also try your hands on other adventurous water sports such as Water-skiing and Wakeboarding which are even more exhilarating.



    Highlights: If you are in need of some change from beaches you can take a stroll up to the Commonwealth War Cemetery, a place where a fitting tribute is given to the servicemen who died during Trinco.


  • North Western Province Sri Lanka

    North Western Province Sri Lanka
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  • North Western Province Sri Lanka Attractions

  • 01 Kalpitiya Beach

    Kalpitiya Beach
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    Have you ever seen dolphins dancing? Well, on the beaches of Kalpitiya this is an ordinary sight. You simply can’t miss the chance of witnessing the Dolphins jostling and playing in the waters. If you want to have a clear view of these dolphins, you can simply hop onto one of the boat safaris.

    Kalpitiya is a small beach located in the Western Province Puttalam of Sri Lanka. The beach provides a spectacular view of the blue ocean, golden sand and Virgin Island.The Kalpitiya beach never minds boasting of its bar reefs too.



    Highlights: The high speed boat safaris are something which will leave you truly overjoyed especially during the month of November and March. The most watched dolphins are the spinner dolphins along with bottlenose, Risso’s and Indo –Pacific humpback dolphins. Kite surfing is another prominent activity which can be enjoyed here.


  • 02 Nallur Kandaswamy temple

    Nallur Kandaswamy temple
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    Known as one f the most significant Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. The splendid temple was built in the 15th century by by Sanpaha Perumal the adopted son of Bhuvanekababhu. This temple is known for its architectural beauty as well. The temple is very sacred to the Sri Lankan Tamils Hindu identity of north Sri Lanka.

    Highlights: The temple is one of the most visited temples in Sri Lanka.The devotees follow strict discipline in the temples and religious ceremonies are conducted in a very grand manner.

    Location: The temple is located at Jaffna, Sri Lanka

    Price: The entry is free in the temple.


  • Uva Province

    Uva Province
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  • Uva Province Attractions

  • 01 Gal Oya National Park

    Gal Oya National Park
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    Experience the thrill of both jeep safari and the boat safari in the Gal Oya National Park of beautiful natural scenery and varied wildlife. Dominated by the largest reservoir of Sri Lanka Senanayake Samudraya the park area expanses over 25,900 hectares.

    The topography consists mainly of grasslands, forests and scrubs. Though the park shelters leopards and sloth bears, they are an elusive sight. Instead, you can see some of the largest herds of elephants in this park.

    Other commonly sighted species are endemic Toque Macaque, wild boar, common langur and water buffalo. The park also offers great sight for birdwatchers. Best for: Swimming elephants from boat safari.



    Location: Mainly Badulla district with a part reaching to Ampara district.

    Best time to visit: March to July.

    Price: Full Day Safari price is LKR 11,000 per jeep. Ticket price is LKR 2,000/LKR 1,000 per adult/child.

    Timing: Full Day Safari 5.30am to 06.00pm


  • 02 Maduru Oya National Park

    Maduru Oya National Park
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    Explore the wildlife amid the dry mixed evergreen forests of Maduru Oya National Park and ancient ruins of several places. The Maduru Oya national park is an unventured land with a wide assortment of wild life species.

    Elephants, leopards, sambar deer, wild buffalo, sloth bear, Torque Macaque and nocturnal slender loris are some of the species that have sheltered in the area amassing the ancient stories of different eras of Sri Lankan history. A number of ancient Buddhist shrines, statues and heritages of forgotten history can be found in the area.



    Best for: Elephant watching and walking among the ruins of ancient cities where the forgotten stories are still reverberating in air.

    Location: 314 Km away from Colombo

    Best time to visit: March to September.

    Price: Full Day Safari price is LKR 11,000 per jeep. Ticket price is LKR 2,000/LKR 1,000 per adult/child.

    Timing: Full Day Safari 5.30am to 06.00pm


  • 03 Yala National Park

    Yala National Park
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    Spotting a leopard prowling in the Park of Yala is quite an ordinary spectacle. Witness the untamed world of nature in the Yala National Park and quench your eagerness to explore and learn more about wildlife. Yala National Park is located in the South-East part of Sri Lanka. Amidst both nature and wildlife, you will also find some faint cultural ruins which give the travellers a deeper insight about the earlier civilization. the Yala National Park lies in the south-eastern part of Sri Lanka closely hugging the Indian Ocean.



    Highlights: A safari to this natural park will surely leave you jaw drop as you will be able to witness Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Leopards, and Elephants in big numbers.

    Prices: Approximate price starts from 3700 LKR



  • Southern Province Sri Lanka

    Southern Province Sri Lanka
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  • Southern Province Sri Lanka Attractions

  • 01 Whale Watching Spot

    Whale Watching Spot
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    Whale watching spot comes at the top amongst the major attractions in Mirissa. You can find a number of operators around this area offering trips to the Indian Ocean for dolphins, whales, and turtles spotting.


    Location:  Harbour Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

    Timings: Usually, the whale watching tour starts early in the morning around 6-7 AM and lasts for 4-5 hours approximately. The ocean gets rough due to sunlight in the afternoon, hence, it is difficult to spot a whale in the water at this time.

    Price: The average cost for whale watching is Rs. 2500 - 3500. However, if you are a group of 4-5 people, you can negotiate the prices to get a better deal.

    Best Time to Visit: The best time to spot whale is from December to March as the ocean is not rough during this time.

    Distance from Mirissa: This place is located around 15-20 KM away from Mirissa beach.



  • 02 Secret Beach

    Secret Beach
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    The secret beach of Mirissa is not a secret anymore as it is easy to reach and well signposted nowadays. It is one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa for capturing some beautiful moments and epic photographs.

    Moreover, most of the beaches in Mirissa are crowded so the secret beach is the perfect place to relax and sit in a peaceful environment.


    Location: Secret Beach Mirissa, Mirissa, Sri Lanka

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Price: The best thing about Mirissa beach is there is no entrance fee for it.

    Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this beach is either early in the morning to relax or in the evening to enjoy an incredible sunset.

    Distance from Mirissa: This beach is located at a distance of approximately 1-2 KM from the heart of the Mirissa town. You can reach a secret beach in several ways like you can choose to walk, hire a moped or take a tuk-tuk. However, try to start early if you’re planning to go on a walk, otherwise, it will be 20 minutes of hard work in direct sunlight on a steep pathway.



  • 03 Mirissa Beach

    Mirissa Beach
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    If you want to enjoy a sunset dinner at a lovely restaurant then do not miss to visit Mirissa Beach. It is one of those attractions in Mirissa where you can find plenty of great restaurants offering a variety of seafood.

    Although you will find this beach a little crowded yet, it will give you a very relaxing vibe.


    Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Price: Visiting Mirissa beach is free of cost. In fact, you can enjoy the Lion beers on free sunbeds at a very reasonable price.

    Best Time to Visit: The beach gets busy from 11 AM so it is recommended to visit this either early in the morning to avoid the crowd or in the evening to enjoy a lovely sunset.

    Distance from Mirissa: Once you reach Mirissa from Colombo, you can easily found this exotic beach as it is only a couple of KM away from the Mirissa railway station.



  • 04 Parrot Rock Bridge

    Parrot Rock Bridge
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    Another one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa is to climb up the Parrot Rock. This small and easily accessible rock will give you a stunning view of the Mirissa area. This is a place which will take your mind away from work and stress.

    It is a very quiet place where you can relax watching surfers in the high tides of water. You can also chill out in the nearby restaurants of this place.


    Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Price: You don’t need to pay any price for visiting this place.

    Best Time to Visit: You can come early in the morning to enjoy with the low tides and the amazing morning sea breeze. Visiting it in the evening is also a great idea if you want to enjoy wrapping up activities looking at the breathtaking sunset.

    Distance from Mirissa: The parrot rock is located to the left side of Mirissa beach. So once you reach Mirissa beach you can easily get on this rock to have an excellent sea view.



  • 05 Coconut Tree Hill

    Coconut Tree Hill
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    One of the unique and unusual places to visit in Mirissa is Coconut Tree Hill. Located at the end of Mirissa beach, this place is completely covered with palm trees.

    It is one of those attractions in Mirissa, which are great for taking pictures of all the tall beautiful palms overlooking the ocean. You can also enjoy a well-deserved coconut at this place to add an extra memorable element to your journey.


    Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Price: No entry cost.

    Best Time to Visit: Being in the proximity of the main beach; it is recommended to reach this place early in the morning or before sunset.

    Distance from Mirissa: You can reach this place by taking a short walk from Mirissa beach. It will take 10-15 minutes approximately walking along the beach to reach this beautiful spot.



  • 06 Weligambay Beach

    Weligambay Beach
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    It is a relatively smaller beach alternative if you want to avoid the crowd. It is quieter, serene and a great place for surfing beginners. At times fishing boats outnumber the tourists, especially in low season.

    In addition to being a top surfing destination, this beach is also an excellent place for Instagram lovers. You can also take a few photographs with iconic stilt fishermen, a practice rooted back to World War II.


    Location: Weligambay Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

    Best Time to Visit: It is an amazing place to have breakfast or lunch with your friends and family.

    Distance from Mirissa: Weligambay beach is located at a distance of 6-7 KM from Mirissa so you can always take a tuk-tuk to your destination. It will not take more than 10-15 minutes.



  • 07 Matara Beach

    Matara Beach
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    Mirissa is just a small town of Matara district so without a shred of doubt Matara beach comes amongst the popular beaches of Sri Lanka. You can enjoy long walks by the shore, taking surfing lessons, and beachcombing at this wonderful place.

    Furthermore, if you are not into the mood of taking a walk or any surfing lessons, you can simply read your favourite novel gazing at the ocean in between. And post that, you can take a bath in the sea water if the tide is not so strong.


    Location: Matara, Sri Lanka.

    Best Time to Visit: Just like other beaches; try to get there early in the morning or before sunset as it gets crowded in the afternoon. Moreover, do not visit it on the weekend because being a major town in the country, it can get heavily crowded on weekends.

    Distance from Mirissa: Being a major district of Sri Lanka, it is well connected to every major city and town in Sri Lanka. From Mirissa you can take a tuk-tuk which will not take more than 30 minutes to reach this beautiful beach.


  • 08 The Doctors House

    The Doctors House
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    If you want to have a great afternoon party with surf vibes then one of the amazing places to see in Mirissa is the doctor's house. It is a 200-year-old Dutch and Ayurvedic hospital which is located at the beautiful beachside village of Madiha.

    You can have a delicious breakfast, wood-fired pizzas, snacks, and desserts from midday until 10 PM. This place also offers some of the exciting activities such as Surfing and Snorkeling which will give this place a permanent spot in your memory.


    Location: The Doctor's House 87, Beach Road, Madiha, Matara 81000, Sri Lanka

    Timings: This place is open from 8 AM to 10 PM.

    Best Time to Visit: It is a great place to have breakfast and spend the afternoon so it is suggested to visit this place early in the morning.

    Distance from Mirissa: It is situated at a distance of 8-10 KM from Mirissa. You can easily get a tuk-tuk from Mirissa to this place at the cost of 500 LKR approximately.



  • 09 Taprobane Island

    Taprobane Island
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    One of the luxury and romantic places to visit in Mirissa is this two-and-a-half-acre magnificent private island. It is a perfect choice for you if you want to enjoy sightseeing and sounds of Mirissa.

    24 hours of room services, spacious living areas, stunning infinity pool, and dedicated staff to cater your every need will make your stay unforgettable. Some of the interesting sites to explore include surfing, diving, adventure sports, and devil dances, etc.


    Location: Upper Dickson Rd, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka.

    Price: You can book one full villa starting from 1000$ depending upon the crowd and season.

    Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this amazing island is to travel between November to April as this season provides the most dried and long sunny day.

    Distance from Mirissa: From Mirissa, it is only at a distance of 8-10 KM so taking a taxi or a tuk-tuk is perhaps the best idea to reach this place.


  • 10 Midigama Beach

    Midigama Beach
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    A small town situated on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka is one of the best places to visit in Mirissa if you are looking for a surfing adventure. You can relax here drinking coconuts and laying on sunbeds.


    Location: Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. This place is about 150 KM away from Colombo.

    Timings: Opens for 24 hours.

    Price: There are no visiting charges for Midigama Beach.

    Best Time to Visit: Early in the morning or before sunset.

    Distance from Mirissa: Situated at a distance of about 10 KM, you can take a tuk-tuk to reach this beautiful beach in a short while.



  • 11 Madiha Beach

    Madiha Beach
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    Madiha beach is one of the best surfing places in the Mirissa region. The best thing about this surfing place is that you can enjoy surfing without getting into the long queues. In addition to this, you can also explore a subaquatic paradise and spot some turtles beneath Madiha’s clean water.


    Location: Beach Road, Madiha, Matara, Sri Lanka., Matara 81000, Sri Lanka.

    Timings: Open 24 hours.

    Price: No visiting prices.

    Distance from Mirissa: The distance of Madiha beach from Mirissa is around 8-10 KM so booking a taxi or using tuk-tuk will easily make you reach this awesome beach.



  • 12 Polhena Beach

    Polhena Beach
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    Polhena beach is the best place to swim, snorkel, and soaking up the sun. This beach presents a breathtaking view of tourists and their visitors. Polhena beach is also popular as a great honeymoon place because of its classic romantic look and feel.

    Another great attraction in the Polhena beach vicinity is the Crow Island. This island is located directly in front of the Polhena beach in Matara.


    Location: Polhena beach, Matara, Sri Lanka.

    Price: No entry fees.

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Best Time to Visit: It is recommended to visit this place on weekdays so that you can enjoy this beach in a calm and peaceful manner.

    Distance from Mirissa: This place is located at a distance of 10 KM from the heart of Mirissa.



  • 13 Giragala Village

    Giragala Village
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    Another one of the beautiful places to visit in Mirissa is to Giragala village which is located in the coastal town of Mirissa. It is an amazing place for travellers seeking charm, peace, comfort, and convenience in Mirissa.

    This place has sea overlooking restaurant to have an awesome dining experience and an in-house Spa to rejuvenate your body. Moreover, there are numerous other on-site facilities available here which are specially designed for relaxation and recreation.


    Location: Giragala Village, Mirissa 80000, Sri Lanka

    Timings: This place is open for 24 hours.

    Price: Standard room prices starts with 1500-2000 Rs. depending upon the season and crowd.

    Distance from Mirissa: Approximately 500 Meters away from Mirissa beach.



  • 14 Jungle Playground Mirissa (Adventure Park)

    Jungle Playground Mirissa (Adventure Park)
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    If you are looking for some adventures and exciting activities then jungle playground is the place for you. It is a perfect adventure park to spend time with friends and family. This place offers a unique jungle feel in the heart of Mirissa.

    Moreover, it is a perfectly protected place which will give you a pleasant feeling due to its sea proximity location.


    Location: Temple Road, Mirissa 81740, Sri Lanka

    Price: Starting from 1500 Rs.

    Timings: The adventure park is open from 10 AM to 6 PM.

    Best Time to Visit: Being an adventure park you can spend your whole day enjoying different-different activities.

    Distance from Mirissa: 100 Meters away from Mirissa Beach.



  • 15 Matara Fort

    Matara Fort
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    One of the amazing places to see in Mirissa is its district fort. It is an unusual and unique star-shaped fort which attracts a lot of visitors in Matara. This fort is a Dutch fortification of an existing Portuguese garrison and was built around 1640.

    Since then, small modifications and renovations have been done to make it more attractive. You can explore this excellent fort on foot or by vehicle.


    Location: Matara, Sri Lanka

    Price: The great thing about this amazing fort is that there are no entry charges.

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Best Time to Visit: Try to head towards this beautiful place early in the morning to avoid an extra crowd.

    Distance from Mirissa: This fort is located at a distance of around 10 KM from Mirissa.