Coordinates: 5°56′45″N 80°27′35″E / 5.94583°N 80.45972°E / 5.94583; 80.45972
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Mirissa Beach
Mirissa Beach
Mirissa is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 5°56′45″N 80°27′35″E / 5.94583°N 80.45972°E / 5.94583; 80.45972
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceSouthern Province
 • Total4,695[1]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+6 (Summer time)
Area code041

Mirissa (Sinhala: මිරිස්ස, romanized: Mirissa; Tamil: மிரிஸ்ஸ, romanized: Miris'sa) is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. It is approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 4 metres (13 ft) above sea level. Mirissa's beach and nightlife make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island's main whale and dolphin watching locations.


Mirissa is the largest fishing port on the south coast and is known for its tuna, mullet, snapper, and butterfish. In 1980 the first tourist accommodation was built, and in the mid-1990s tourism to the town started to increase dramatically.[2]

Mirissa was affected by the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, with numerous homes, guesthouses, shops, schools, and temples destroyed or damaged and fourteen reported deaths.[2]


Mirissa is located on the A2 Highway, connecting Colombo to Wellawaya.

The Mirissa railway station is located, approximately 2 km (1.2 mi) to the east of Mirissa, on the Coastal or Southern Rail Line (connecting Colombo through to Matara).

Mirissa is located from 13Km far from Kokmaduwa Interchange of Southern Expressway,



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  1. ^ Brinkhoff, Thomas (13 October 2012). "Ella (Divisional Secretariat)". City Population. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Laurance, Chris (10 February 2005). "Rebuilding Mirissa after the Deluge". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2022-05-15. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  3. ^ Weragala, Hasintha (21 July 2018). "A Guide to Mirissa Beach". Things to Do in Sri Lanka. Retrieved 9 Aug 2018. A guide to the Mirissa Beach
  4. ^ Wijesinghe, Dimithri (17 January 2021). "10 tourist hotspots you didn't know were privately owned". The Morning. Retrieved 21 May 2022.