Super Stoked Traveling to Mirissa Beach in Matara, Sri Lanka
I never planned on going to Mirissa. But I've never felt this good knowing i was there once, and would be going back again, in a heart beat. Mirissa is everything you could imagine a South Asian tropical retreat would be. And knowing it's only about 200 kilometers away from the equator and almost on the southern tip of Sri Lanka and the subcontinent of India, no doubt you'll never get more exotic than that.
Coming from Hikkaduwa, and with a really bad hangover from last night's drinking spree with my crew, i trooped like a soldier waiting for a bus bound for Mirissa. I didn't even bother understanding how will i get there, but i know i will. With a little friendly demeanor and just a few spare Lankan coins, i was off to paradise. I just know that it's right smacked in between Welligama and Matara, and about an hour away from Galle. That's it.
When i arrived in town, i headed towards finding a cool place to stay. I was planning to spend only half a week in the seaside beach town of Mirissa, anyway. With relatively confusing pathways heading towards the beach resorts, i walked along the beach. With feet combing down the soft sands, with my huge backpack on, and burning my skin from the heat of the day, i looked for a couple of places. There was one that seemed very cheap to stay at. It is located on the left side of the beach when you're facing the ocean. But the view was rather a bit heart-breaking. I chanced upon another resort right in the middle of the the main beach, with huge veranda and a pool but the rate was out of this world. Then, i saw one tucked a little away from the beach. It was Sira's Chalet. While there's more work to be done around the compound when i visited, the rooms were sparkling clean and comfortable. It was already ready to accept guests even if it's midway in construction. I had to call out a few times before this man came up to me. He introduced himself as Sira - the manager of the chalet, and the name behind my accommodations for almost a week. After giving me the best discount ever knowing i was traveling solo and promised that i would be tidy the whole time i will be staying, i went to my room to check in. It was an absolute lovely time at Sira's.
The rest of the days were just about enjoying the luxury of not having to worry about what i am going to do next. When you're in Mirissa, you are already promising yourself of total bliss. Because some other beaches in Sri Lanka are so commercialized, you get a mix of everything.
In Mirissa, you just have to enjoy the beach and relax. And i did just that. I would normally wake up at sunrise to eat my breakfast. Sira would be the one to cook for me. I am at my healthiest, too. I would indulge myself on fresh fruits. It was also my first time to eat wood apple. So delicious!
I would often lounge in the beach early morning, and then come back to take shade after a few hours. I would occasionally drink Lion Beer at one of the many bars along Mirissa. I would either choose buttered king prawns for lunch, and grilled sea bass for dinner. Sometimes, i would grab a burger and fries.
Apart from the many things Robin Crusoe would do, i would also walk around and talk to people. It's just my thing. I would come up to the locals, and just talk about anything under the sun. I met so many people around Mirissa that i lost count already.
More than the occasional sightings of turtles swimming by the beach, and seeing the infinite smiles of Russians enamored by the beaches of South Asia, it was the relatively calm atmosphere of Mirissa that i loved the most. The waves were a little huge when i went there, but that didn't stop me from swimming. I didn't have to go far, anyway, as the waves were just too strong. It's the feeling of getting stoked in such a tucked away place.