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Published: April 21st 2011
We arrived in Mirissa after an eight hour drive from Adam's peak feeling weary after the climb. We were on the hunt for some accommodation and it wasn't proving easy. After a lot of "no room at the inn", until one guy said he had a friend with a room so we followed his van round the lane and arrived at a house, hoping the owner was still awake...thankfully he was, and he had a room! We went straight to bed!
Sri Lanka is pretty serious about breakfast, and the family we stayed with in Mirissa were no exception. Between the two of us we were offered two eggs each, a stack of bread, fresh fruit, marmite, tea and fruit juice (with salt added) and our hosts were so sweet making sure we had all we needed! We had to tell them we definitely needed no more! We were staying with a lovely family of four, of which the eight year old daughter did most of the English speaking when she was not at school. They were very proud parents and over breakfast they showed us the book of their daughter's achievements!
We explored on foot and
went to the fisherman's harbor, and to the beach were we found a great little bar on a rock jutting out to sea....towards Antarctica really! It was a bit of a rainy day so we took cover and played a game called Carrob with one of the locals teaching us how to play. It is like snooker but with fingers flicking a puck on a smaller board. Later on in the day we thoroughly enjoyed freshly caught seafood on the beach for dinner.
On our second day in Mirissa we took a boar out into the Indian ocean at 06.30 to go whale watching. We were lucky enough to see dolphins swimming and jumping alongside our boat and when we got further out we were able to see a couple of blue whales, once it even raised it's tail up which was fantastic. A sunny afternoon on the beach and another cracking seafood dinner topped off a great day.
Our third day began with a funny breakfast - a French guy and a Russian couple, and our Sri Lankan hosts delighting at their international breakfast table, taking photos of us! It was a glorious day so we explored
over the hill to a private beach with only a few locals and a couple of other tourists. We borrowed some snorkels off the local guys and watched them catch some fish in their nets whilst snorkeling. That afternoon we said a sad farewell to our hosts after a family photo of course and we took a three wheeler to Unawatuna beach along the coast.
After a morning on the beach we took a three wheeler to the old Dutch walled fort town of Galle. There was a lovely walk along the top of the fort walls with nice views, and then we wandered up and down the narrow lanes with interesting shops, and a playground for photographers. It was a really interesting place to visit and comes well recommended.
Our time in the south had come to an end so we spent our last morning relaxing on the beach. In my opinion Mirissa beach is the better of the two as Unawatuna is more cluttered and things are built further onto the beach.
We took the afternoon train from Galle back to Colombo, once again enjoying the costal scenery on the way. That is
something Sri Lanka certainly has...scenery, and with lots of variety. In our ten day trip we went from the bustling capital, to the hill country, to the beach and back again. I only have to return to see what else it has to offer!! A beautiful island and beautiful people and a great holiday!
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