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Mirissa Bay is renowned for its seasonal whale and dolphin watching, together with great surfing from its sheltered sandy beach - ideal for beginners and experts alike.

Paradise Beach Club is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the harbour (the departure point for whale watching boat excursions) around one hour from the historic city of Galle, and equidistant from Sri Lanka’s premier national parks: Yala and Udawalawe (roughly three hours drive away). The new expressway means that you can now reach Colombo in around three hours. Facilities include a pool and a restaurant with a magnificent view of the Indian Ocean and its amazing sunsets.

Accommodation consists of: 20 super deluxe air-conditioned double rooms with ocean view, king-size bed, en suite bathroom with modern fittings, private balcony and electronic safe; 20 deluxe air-conditioned double rooms in a new wing with king-size bed, private balcony/porch and modern en suite bathroom; 6 air-conditioned family bungalows with capacity for four people, with queen-size beds, private balcony, wooden and tiled floors. The Continental Shelf runs close to the shoreline here, making Mirissa the perfect spot for one of Sri Lanka’s key attractions: whale and dolphin watching from December to April. In the vicinity you can also visit coconut and rubber plantations, as well as spice gardens and Buddhist temples.

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Though Mirissa has a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, it is not a relaxing lounge on its golden sands the we recommend, for Mirissa is one of the foremost places in the world to see blue and sperm whales. Between December and April, when the sea is relatively calm, they arrive off the coast to feed in the rich waters.

  • Where: Southern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: blue whale, sperm whale, humpback whale, spinner dolphin, bottlenose dolphin
  • Excellent for: Whale watching