If you follow a lot of travel pages on Instagram, you have definitely come across the iconic Coconut Tree Hill in Mirissa more than once. Maybe it’s the reason that Mirissa is on your radar. What you may not have seen are all of the other gems this small coastal town has to offer. Let’s dive right into the best five things to do in Mirissa, Sri Lanka!
Underrated: Parrot Rock Bridge
This place is totally “Instagrammable” yet very underrated on Instagram! It is essentially a massive rock/tiny island – however you want to look at it. When the tide is high, it’s not advisable to swim to it, but when the tide is manageable, you can wade right over. You’ll have to walk up some stairs and do some climbing, but once you are at the top, the view is worth it having soaked clothes and shoes!
We spent an hour or so here people watching and enjoying the sound of the waves crashing below. You can get some epic photos of the tiny island and the birds going wild all around you if you clap loudly!
Vibrant: Mirissa Beach
Named the “most beautiful beach in Sri Lanka,” Mirissa Beach offers both accommodations and plenty of activities to fill your day. The scattered bars and restaurants offer cheap drinks and food, the area makes for great waves for surfing, and the gorgeous sunsets that melt into the ocean after lighting up the sky.
The sunsets we saw in Sri Lanka were some of the best I’ve ever seen. We made it a point to try and catch the sunset each day we were there. The sky lights up from dark blue, to orange, to neon pink, and so on. Even if you’re not a surfer and the you’d rather look at the ocean than be in it, Mirissa Beach has so much to offer!
Serene: Secret Beach Mirissa
If your vibe is a quieter, tucked away paradise, Secret Beach in Mirissa will blow your mind. Because it’s not as accessible as Mirissa Beach, less tourists frequent Secret Beach, making it a perfect sanctuary to ease your busy mind. You’ll find small restaurants on both strips of this beach, making it easy for you to spend your entire day there.
Insta-famous: Dalawella Beach
I know what photo you’re dying to take in Sri Lanka. It’s the insta-famous palm tree rope swing photo. This is one of the quieter beaches where you will find a rope swing. The fee for unlimited swings is around $3 (500 rupees). You can also negotiate to buy a few things in exchange to use the swing for free. The best time to visit is right before the sun sets. During our trip, the beach started to empty out and we were able to get some fun shots here!
Iconic: Coconut Tree Hill
Last but undoubtedly not least, Coconut Tree Hill is a sunset utopia. The sky turns vibrant shades of pink and orange behind the silhouettes of the prodigious palm trees that are scattered across the beautiful hill. It’s an iconic photo spot and an even better place to end your day and let the warm ocean breeze melt away your troubles.
Some of the other towns that are worth spending some time in are Kandy, Ella, Sigiriya (especially if you enjoy nature and hiking), Galle (Galle Fort is a must see, and we spent about four days in that area), and Unawatuna.