A few things I didn’t know before going to Sri Lanka:
- Do your visa before leaving, we did it on arrival, there was a massive queue and it took us an hour to get the visa plus another hour getting out of immigration!
- Mosquitoes are quite bad, we got bitten to death some nights, prepare strong repellent and after bites cream.
- Waves are massive. A lot of people go there for surfing, we got lucky at the first place we stayed at « Dalawella beach » as it had a natural lagoon to swim in so just perfect to chill in the water, especially with a baby.
- Roads were quite good and cars modern. I didn’t expect that as I was told it was really bad.. We didn’t have a driver, we just book taxis from one place to the other and it was very easy, most of the time we got mini buses with air-con and car seat. Just more expensive than a driver I guess.
- Breakfast was usually a plate of fruit, toast and eggs with Sri Lankan coffee. We had the option of curry in one hotel out of the four places we stayed at..
On Dalawella beach the best place to eat or have a drink is Wijaya beach, you can watch the sunset, have pizza, great cocktails, music and an amazing view! There was also a tiny restaurant/bar right next to our hotel, just on the left facing the sea, it felt like we were sitting on the waves watching the huge tortoises swimming and the pancakes were delicious!!
The famous Insta swing was next to the hotel just 100m on the beach to the right facing the sea. Expect to pay 500 to get on the swing and I have to say, it was really scary! I screamed like a baby !
We went to Unawatuna one evening and had diner at King Fisher, apparently the best restaurant in town and it was delicious. Come early as they start to serve from 7pm and it gets busy quickly.
I would recommend to stay at Number one Mirissa which is a beautiful hotel at the end of the bay with the best view on the beach, we spent New Year’s Eve there and it was just wonderful ! You could also stay at Paradise beach hotel: very central, with a pool, showers...
We loved to have lunch at Big belly, so cheap and delicious. Try the chicken fried noodles and rotis .
We had diner a few times at Salt they have great food, music and and desserts! Brizo beach club go for sunset and try the fish platter! Also loved the cocktails at Kama mirissa.
If you stay in Mirissa make sure you go to:
- Coconut hill at sunset, 5 min in a Tuk Tuk from a steep hill to climb, absolutely packed when we went but unique and beautiful. There is also a bar just down the hill so you can have a drink on the way back.
- Parrot rock: at low tide you can go to the top and admire the most beautiful view of Mirissa beach.
- Weligama Take a surfing lesson and grab a coffee at Good Story Coffee Shop, the best coffee in town.