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Mirissa, Sri Lanka: The Secret Beach (A Hidden Gem!)

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Tucked away beneath prodigious Sri Lanka palm tree groves, hidden from the main shore of Mirissa, you’ll find the area’s hush little locale: the appropriately-named “Secret Beach.”

Palm trees on the hike to Mirissa's Secret Beach

Palm trees on the hike to Mirissa’s Secret Beach

The Secret Beach in Mirissa

Pristine, private, and beautiful, the Secret Beach in Mirissa embraces two coves of clear blue water and toffee-shaded sand, low-hanging trees for bountiful shade, and a fine sprawl of isolated shore to lie upon. It’s a prime example of Sri Lanka’s tropical beach beauty. With mellow waves and balmy water, this beach makes a perfect spot for a peaceful wade. It was exactly what we were looking for after doing a safari at Yala National Park, spending a day in Kandy, climbing the Lion Rock in Sigiriya, and exploring the Elephant Trash Dump in Dambulla. If you’re lucky, you’ll have the beach to yourself—like we did! And if you’re heading to Sri Lanka, check out our Ultimate Sri Lanka Travel Itinerary!

There’s ONE catch.

This beach is considered a secret for a reason. It’s not right off the main street like Mirissa’s big beach. It’s difficult to find, and when you do find the right starting place, it’ll be about a 20-minute hilly hike  and a quick climb down a somewhat rocky cliff before you can lay down your beach blanket and get to tanning (read until the end to learn how to find the Secret Beach!). However, as with most things in life, the beach is well worth the extra effort. And on a plus note, a quick dip in the clean water will wipe away any memory of the sweat you shed to get there! This hidden beach in Mirissa seriously rivals the Hidden Beach of Jeju Island that we discovered!


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Located just on the other side of the cliffs from the main beach, the Secret Beach in Mirissa is the perfect place to spend a lazy day, relaxing and taking in the peaceful scenery. At least that’s how it was for us when we visited on New Year’s Day!

 

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Kicking back in the shadeWe had spent the previous night on the main beach in a massive New Year’s Eve celebration—one we just happened to stumble upon, but that had been an exciting blur of music, bonfires, fireworks, sparklers, fire dancers, and floating lanterns. In fact, this New Year’s Eve Sri Lanka Party in Mirissa was easily the best NYE party of our lives!

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When New Year’s Day rolled around we were the teeniest bit hung-over, and had no desire to lie on a loud and crowded beach covered with waygooks. Instead, we feasted on a lovely traditional New Year’s breakfast arranged (free of charge!) by our wonderful host, Pradeep, at the Nature Inn* in Mirissa, and then took off to uncover the mystery of the Secret Beach for ourselves.

*Nature Inn: Nushantha Sevana, Uswatta, Udupila, Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka 0094
New Year's Day Breakfast by our host, Pradeep, in Mirissa, Sri Lanka

New Year’s Day Breakfast by our host, Pradeep

30 cent coconut on the Secret Beach sand After the essential purchase of a 30 cent fresh coconut and a humid and sweaty (read: HUNG-OVER) hike, we peeked out beneath the palm trees and saw it—empty, stunning,  and just what we were looking for. We set up shop beneath some trees, baptized our sweaty bodies in the crystal water (to find the shore was a tad rocky—alas!), and indulged in a lazy tropical siesta through the sauntering heat of the noon hours. For several blissful hours, we enjoyed the scene entirely to ourselves. It was only after a woman entered the cove carrying a fruity cocktail in a glass that we noticed the faint sound of music coming from nearby and decided to investigate.

 

Slightly-less secret cove in Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Slightly-less secret cove

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Devilled Fish

Sure enough, we found an adjacent cove, this one also serene and splendid, but with powdery sand, hammocks, and—blast it!—other people. Still, the amount of people in this just-out-of-sight gem was SIGNIFICANTLY less than on the main beach. And, we found the source of the music: tucked away in a shady corner stood a teeny little bar with a humble food menu. We sat down in a set of raw wood chairs by the water and ordered two piña coladas (hair of the dog!) and a plate of devilled fish (a Sri Lankan culinary must-have). The drinks were fairly strong and the fish was delicious—tender, sweet, spicy, and bursting with flavor—but, at about $15 USD total, this was definitely a splurge for us compared to our other spending in Sri Lanka. Still—not too shabby, right?

Ben enjoying the Mirissa view

 

Overall, the Secret Beach is a wonderful place to spend the day (especially for us coming in December from Korea, land of the butt-freezing winters!). We did have a chance adventure with an insane and wild (spawn of a vampire) dog which wasn’t ideal, and the shore on the more secluded cove is definitely a bit rocky to swim in comfortably. Still, that hardly puts a damper on an otherwise incredible and picturesque spot to relax and enjoy the view! If you find yourself in Mirissa on a time crunch (as we were), we would highly advise ditching the crowded tourist-filled beach and opt for this prized Secret Beach.


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But how do you get there?

We can’t (or won’t?) give you directions, but we can tell you to look for an unassuming wooden “SECRET BEACH” sign between Mirissa’s main stretch of beach and the Navy Hotel, then get ready for a rocky 20-minute hike (hopefully you won’t be hung-over, in which case, it should be easy enough if you’re in decent health).  That’s the only information we had when we set out looking for it, and we managed just fine! When you see a cove peeking out beneath the grove of palm trees, you’re just about there. Good luck!

Secret Beach Sign in Mirissa

Want to go to the Secret Beach? Look for this sign!

 


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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Rashminotes
    April 20, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Wow! Sounds incredible; thanks for sharing:)

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    BreakTheEnigma
    April 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I have a friend from Sri Lanka who wants me to visit, and this post just won me over 🙂 Thank you for sharing your interesting story with us, I really enjoyed reading this 🙂 I will be sure to visit this Secret Beach when I arrive 😀

    • Reply
      televisionofnomads
      April 23, 2016 at 11:01 am

      How wonderful! Glad we could persuade you, we hope you enjoy it!

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    gonetravelling
    May 4, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Loved this beach too!! Great writing and pics, just been to Sri Lanka myself and absolutely loved it.
    Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

    • Reply
      televisionofnomads
      May 5, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you and you’re quite welcome! And yes, Sri Lanka is a magical place. We’re dying to go back!

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    Travelling_Yogini
    May 28, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I also have been to this beach this March, I went by boat which is an option for those working don’t want to climb;) it’s a beautiful spot and perfect for snorkeling

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    Ahila
    June 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Mirissa is one of my favourite places in the country. Glad you found a lovely secret beach there.

    • Reply
      Lauren West
      June 7, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Cheers, Ahila! We would love to return to the beautiful country!

  • Reply
    Television of Nomads
    November 26, 2016 at 12:54 pm

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