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For those who enjoy island life, Mirissa is a true treat that goes beyond simply lazing around enjoying the sea, sand and sun. Here’s a list of things you can do in Mirissa for a fully rounded experience stay.

  1. Whale and Dolphin watching – This is undoubtedly the most important part of your travel itinerary! This experience is available only during high season, so it is important to pre-plan your holiday. Head a few kilometres into the ocean with the experienced guides and you’ll see Blue, Humpback and Sperm whales in large numbers. Also, if you’re lucky, a pod of dolphins may accompany your boat, making your journey that much more eventful.
  2. Diving – If you love to get into the water, Weligama is the place to be. A short bus ride from Hangover Hostel will take you there in no time.
  3. Surfing – If you’re a beginner, who just wants to enjoy the adrenaline rush that accompanies surfing, Weligama offers lessons that will help you sharpen your skills. If you are an expert surfer who has conquered many a tube in your time, you may find the Mirissa Bay to be a worthy challenge.
  4. Yoga and meditation – If you wish to get in touch with your inner self and find peace and relaxation, for a complete rejuvenation of the self you will find the hilltop behind Hangover Hostels to be an ideal location. An experienced instructor will be a part of your journey to self-discovery.
  5. Reptile retreat –Fans of the reptile world, you will not be disappointed. Choices include a snake farm, crocodile watching a river safari (Matara) that get you up, close and personal to the reptilian world (safely of course). You can also head to Ahungalla or Tangalle and visit the turtle hatcheries. Did you know that 5 out of 7 types of sea turtles come ashore to nest in Sri Lanka?
  6. Night life in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna – Synonymous with the concept of “island life” both locations are popular among locals and foreigners for rave parties and an active nightlife.
  7. Southern-most point of Sri Lanka – Dondra Head marks the southern-most point of the island and boasts of wonderful diving locations.
  8. Visit Buddhist temples: Mirissa is home to some beautiful temples that showcase the rich Buddhist heritage of Sri Lanka. The Thalaramba Temple is located on a palm covered hilltop at the Eastern tip of Mirissa. The specialty of the temple is that there is a small chapel located alongside the “stupa” (hemispherical structure, synonymous with Buddhist temples). The Bandaramulla Temple located at the end of the Mirissa village is home to a large statue of Lord Buddha in the meditative or seated position.  A few minutes away, towards the seaside, is the Samudrathira Temple which is home to the reclining Lord Buddha. For nature-buffs, the temples offer breath-taking view of the sunset, as the skies turn red – a beauty which has to be seen, not read about.
  9. Visit the Mirissa fish market – See first-hand how buying, negotiating and selling fish happens by the second! While here, why not buy some fresh fish of your choice to enjoy later on in the day while you bask by the beach at Hangover Hostels? Entry to the market is a nominal Rs. 25 (approximately USD 0.20).

The best part is that our team at Hangover Hostels maintain very good working relationships with the teams handling these excursions. This makes it easier for you to plan your adventure at the comfort of our Hostels. A short trip from your room to the excursion point and you are good to start making memories.