Mirissa and Dickwella Overview


  • Country: Sri Lanka
  • Location: Southern Province
  • Mean Sea Level: Approximately 5 meters (16 feet) above sea level
  • Type of Activity: Beach relaxation, whale watching
  • Area: Mirissa town covers around 3 square kilometers
  • Coordinates: 5.9486° N latitude, 80.4716° E longitude

Mirissa is a charming coastal town known for its beautiful beaches, whale watching tours, and vibrant nightlife. The Mirissa Beach is perfect for surfing, snorkeling, and relaxing. Visitors can embark on whale and dolphin watching tours, offering a chance to see these magnificent creatures up close. The Parrot Rock and Coconut Tree Hill are popular spots for panoramic views and stunning sunsets. The town’s beachside bars and restaurants add to its lively atmosphere, making it a popular destination for both relaxation and entertainment.

Nearby Dickwella is home to the massive Wewurukannala Vihara Buddha statue, the largest seated Buddha statue in Sri Lanka. The tranquil Hiriketiya Beach, known for its crescent-shaped bay and gentle waves, is ideal for surfing and swimming. Dickwella also offers a more laid-back and peaceful environment compared to Mirissa, making it a perfect retreat for those seeking a quieter beach experience. Both Mirissa and Dickwella offer a mix of adventure, relaxation, and cultural experiences, making them must-visit destinations on Sri Lanka’s southern coast.

Included activities

  • Hummanaya Natural Blowhole

Top Activities in Mirissa and Dickwella

  • Whale Watching Tours: Embark on a boat tour to see whales and dolphins up close, one of Mirissa’s top attractions.
  • Relaxing at Mirissa Beach: Enjoy sunbathing, surfing, and snorkeling at the beautiful Mirissa Beach.
  • Exploring Parrot Rock: Climb Parrot Rock for panoramic views of the coastline and the ocean.
  • Visiting Coconut Tree Hill: Capture stunning photographs and enjoy the sunset views from this iconic spot.
  • Experiencing Nightlife: Relax at beachside bars and restaurants, enjoying the vibrant nightlife in Mirissa.
  • Surfing at Hiriketiya Beach: Ride the gentle waves at Hiriketiya Beach in Dickwella, perfect for surfers of all levels.
  • Visiting Wewurukannala Vihara: See the largest seated Buddha statue in Sri Lanka, located in Dickwella.
  • Swimming at Hiriketiya Beach: Enjoy swimming in the calm, crescent-shaped bay of Hiriketiya Beach.
  • Exploring Local Cuisine: Savor fresh seafood and traditional Sri Lankan dishes at local restaurants in both Mirissa and Dickwella.
  • Photography: Capture the natural beauty, stunning landscapes, and vibrant local life in Mirissa and Dickwella.
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