Location of Mirissa
Mirissa, a picture-perfect bay beach in the Southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka is located 146km south of Colombo.
Mirissa can be reached by Colombo-Galle-Hambantota motor road as well as by Colombo-Galle-Matara southern coastal railway too.
Setting of Mirissa Bay Beach
A couple of kilometers beyond the lovely beach of Weligama, almost hidden from the dense groves of coconut palm trees that fringe the bay lies the loveliest beach Mirissa. It's the beach to swim, snorkel, sport fishing, sea kayaking, cruises around the bay and other water sports.
Blue whales at Mirissa
Mirissa affords the opportunity to view one of the most exciting marine life attractions of beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka: blue whales. During the period of December to April within a 6 hour boat ride, blue whales could be sighted a few kilometers into the seas at Mirissa.
Mirissa with its bay and fishing harbor has been simply a fishing village that used to host you in such a way for you to feel as if here is an exclusive private beach all for your serene loneliness. That was until its discovery by others.Today, Mirissa is a village bent on development.
Matale is a town in the hill country of Sri Lanka. The Knuckles Mountain Range is a special landmark of Matale. The Matale administrative district also contains the historic Sigiriya rock castle, Aluwihare Temple and Dambulla Cave Temple. Surrounding the town are the Knuckles foothills called Wiltshire. It is a mainly agricultural area, where tea, rubber, vegetable and spice cultivation dominate.
The Aluvihare Temple, on the North side of the town, is the historic location where the Pali Canon was first written down completely in text on ola (palm) leaves. Situated near Aluvihare are numerous monastery caves, some of which exhibit fine frescoes.
The Central Province of Sri Lanka consists primarily of mountainous terrain. The province has an area of 5,674 km², and a population of 2,421,148. Some major towns include Kandy, Gampola (24,730), Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela. The population is a mixture of Sinhalese, Tamil and the Moors.
Both the hill capital Kandy and the city of Nuwara Eliya are located within the Central Province as well as Sri Pada. The province produces much of the famous Ceylon tea, planted by the British in the 1860s after a devastating disease killed all the coffee plantations in the province. Central Province attracts many tourists, with hill station towns such as Kandy, Gampola, Hatton and Nuwara Eliya. Temple tooth or Dalada maligawa is the main sacred place in Centrel province.
The climate is cool, and many areas about 1500 meters often have chilly nights. The western slopes are very wet, some places having almost 7000 mm of rain per year. The eastern slopes are parts of the mid-dry zone as it is receiving rain only from North-Eastern monsoon. The Temperatures range from 24°C at Kandy to just 16°C in Nuwara Eliya, which is located 1,889 m above sea level. The highest mountains in Sri Lanka are located in the Central Province. The terrain is mostly mountainous, with deep valleys cutting into it. The two main mountain regions are the central massif and the Knuckles range to the east of Kandy.