SECRET BEACH IN MIRISSA, SRI LANKA – A COMPLETE GUIDE

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SECRET BEACH MIRISSA

I spent several days cruising down the west coast of Sri Lanka and I’ve got to tell ya, it was one heck of an adventure! From palm tree rope swings in Dalawella to surfing at Midigama Beach, these are just some of the awesome things that you can expect!

I have put together this guide to help you plan your trip to Secret Beach Mirissa – one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka!

 

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WHERE IS SECRET BEACH IN MIRISSA

Now, where is this Secret Beach I speak of?! Well, it’s a little hidden gem just around the corner from the main beach in Mirissa, which is on the south-east tip that makes up Weligama Bay.

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SECRET BEACH MIRISSA

Right now you are probably thinking, ‘If it’s a secret beach, why is it on the map?’ Well, my only answer to that is, I believe that at some point this was a secret spot only the locals knew about and they could only keep it a secret for so long.

Of course with the new influx of tourism in Sri Lanka, spots like these become an opportunity for the locals to turn it into an attraction and ultimately try to make money from it.

Furthermore, they give Google a call to get their name put on the map! So I guess now you could say it’s a not-so-secret beach but it’s definitely worth a visit.

The great thing about the Secret Beach Mirissa is that you don’t have to pay an entrance fee to visit the beach.

Instead of the locals charging an entry fee, down on the sand is an established beach bar (Mirissa Secret Beach Bar) and they will promptly try to sell you drinks and food.

Secret Beach Bar Mirissa also have snorkel sets and day beds for rent for around 500 Rupees. This is their way of making a little bit of money and for you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings down on this hidden beach in Sri Lanka.

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THE THREE BEACHES AT SECRET BEACH MIRISSA

There are three beaches to be discovered at Mirissa Secret Beach:

1. Blue Lagoon

Directly in front of the Secret Beach Bar, there are hammocks and day beds overlooking blue lagoon beach. A tidal rock pool, perfect for a lazy swim without the disturbance of crashing waves.

2. Palm Cove

Around the corner from the blue lagoon is where the jungle meets the sea and here you’ll find a picturesque cove with golden sand and coconut palms. Palm Cove is the perfect spot to go snorkeling and exploring along the rocks. This is one of the best beaches in Mirissa!

3. Shelly Beach

This tucked-away paradise is a sight for sore eyes! If you are in the blue lagoon looking out at the horizon, head to the right along the rocks and keep following it around until you come across Shelly Beach. Swim in the crystal clear rock pools and get sprayed by the blowhole!

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT SECRET BEACH MIRISSA

There is lots of exploring to do around Mirissa Secret Beach and it’s a great spot to take some photos. I visited Secret Beach on two separate occasions to see what else I could find in the area.

There is an abundance of wildlife around Mirissa Secret Beach, including black monkeys, squirrels, peacocks, fruit bats, birds and land monitors.

Sri Lanka is also home to five out of seven species of turtles in the world, so keep your eyes peeled when you’re swimming or snorkeling because chances are high that you will spot a turtle cruising around the shallow waters.

Weligama Bay is a very busy beach town and can get overwhelming at times, so go and discover the Secret Beach Mirissa for yourself and spend half a day getting salty and soaking up some sun.

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WHERE TO STAY NEAR SECRET BEACH MIRISSA

Mirissa has countless accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Marriott Resort and Spa Weligama Bay

The best 5-star resort on the south coast of Sri Lanka! The Marriott is a stone’s throw from the beach offering beachfront rooms, outdoor pool, sports facilities and more! The rooms are modern and spacious featuring a bathtub, balcony, flat-screen tv, private bathroom, air-conditioning and free wifi. Perfect for couples and families.

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Mid Range: GG Lodge Mirissa

This 3-star lodge offers double rooms and family-sized rooms less than 1km from Mirissa Beach. Featuring a shared lounge, garden terrace, room service, including breakfast and free wifi. The rooms are air-conditioned with a flat-screen tv, private bathroom, seating area and awesome views. Perfect place to stay with friends and families.

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Budget: Unique Surf Farmhouse

The best budget accommodation in Mirissa. Unique Surf Farmhouse is centrally located and features spacious rooms, flat-screen tv, dining area and private bathroom. Perfect for solo backpackers and friends.

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I hope you enjoyed this article, and if you have any questions about Secret Beach Mirissa please drop me a comment below.

Happy Adventuring!

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8 Comments

  1. September 19, 2018 / 2:58 am

    Hi jhonny I wanted to ask you is it family safe beach? does buses go there or I have to take taxi?

    • Jonny Melon
      September 19, 2018 / 2:59 am

      Yes Secret Beach is perfect for families and you will have to take a taxi or tuk-tuk is recommended.

  2. Saluka Kotagama
    March 19, 2019 / 12:30 pm

    Hi Jonny, Thank you so much for this information. If you go there to spend the day…are there any toilets or any guest houses at the secret beach itself.
    Also do you know if the sea is safe in April.
    Thank you saluka

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      March 20, 2019 / 6:01 pm

      There is a restaurant at Secret Beach with toilets and the closest accommodations would be in Mirissa Town or Weligama Bay! Not sure about the sea conditions in April but it is a fairly protected cove so there won’t be heavy waves. Perfect place to snorkel! Hope this helps! Enjoy 🙂

  3. Tarun Jain
    June 9, 2019 / 2:13 pm

    Hi Jonny,

    Secret Beach is one of the best beach in Mirrisa ? or you suggest other beach over secret beach

    I am planning to spend one day in mirrisa so pls suggest what all beaches should in cover in 1 day

    thank a lot and appreciate you page

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      June 12, 2019 / 12:28 am

      Hello, Yes Secret Beach was my favourite beach in that area. Also you can check out Midigama Beach which is close to Weligama! Enjoy 🙂

  4. Sirikuma
    January 28, 2020 / 6:15 pm

    Hehe 😂 it’s very nice to see your details about Mirissa. I’ll dream for there my next vacation.
    Thanks a lot.

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      February 10, 2020 / 8:10 am

      Great! You will love Secret Beach 🙂

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