Mirissa - Roti central & whale watching

Trip Start Nov 05, 2013
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Trip End May 12, 2014


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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Southern Province,
Monday, April 28, 2014

Finally we had arrived somewhere with a really nice beach. To make things even better, our room was very clean and modern with a great shower. We had not long settled into our place before seeing a huge monitor lizard in the garden, which must have been at least 2 meters long. The guy who owns the place says it comes around all the time so we are going to be a bit cautious at night.

The beach looked amazing and a little like Palolem back in Goa. Along the beach are many restaurants but they are way more expensive than the ones we go to on the street. At one end of the beach there is also a big bay which is perfect for surfing. I went and gave it a go one day but completely underestimated how big the waves actually were, as I was thrown around like a rag doll most of the time.

The local restaurants along the main road are so cheap and the food is brilliant. Most of them all sell different rotis which all taste completely different with the filling each family produces. Some of them are very hot though and it's always a case of just tasting them and waiting to see what's in store. One morning we went to this local restaurant for breakfast and I finally got to try the local dish called string hoppers. This resembles an almost spaghetti like appearance which is made into round circles and served with Dahl, cocnut sombol and chilli. It is very spicy but I have now come accustomed to eating different kind of foods in the morning after curry in India.

The highlight of Mirissa as it is for most has to be the whale watching. Not only did we see the giant blue whale in all it's gloriy, we also saw around 30 dolphins putting on a display and 1 huge turtle off the side of the boat on the way back. It took around 2 hours for the boat to find where the whale was, but it was certainly worth the wait. We also saw lots of flying fish on the way and on the way back. I haven't ever seen them before and couldn't believe how long they can actually fly before diving back into the sea.

There was never a shortage of food in Mirissa which was great, and just in case it was raining hard outside, there was of course the bread van that would be roaming through the streets playing it's tune. Here though the bread van was almost double the size of the ones we have seen and had lots more to offer.

On almost our last day we finally managed to locate the famous Dewmini Roti shop which actually is more than a restaurant than a shop. We went there for lunch and decided to pre order some curry for the evening. When we came back for dinner the curries turned out to be some of the nicest Sri Lankan food we have had to date. Bridget had a devilled chicken curry which was nice and very spicy. I had a vegetable curry which was amazing and to my surprise consisted of 5 different dishes including, potato, beans, egg plant, Dahl and pineapple.

Mirissa as a whole has certainly been our favourite place so far so let's see what Tangalle has to offer.
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