Beach bums, surf shacks & human pyramids in Weligama & Mirissa

Destroyed in the 2004 tsunami but now thriving and completely restored, the perfectly curved bays arcing around Mirissa and Weligama near Galle on the south coast are a surfers’ paradise (and a sunset seekers’ heaven).

dscn0830So despite our obvious lack of balance and poise, 9 of us took the plunge with a morning lesson with a teenage surfing champion, D.A Lucky!

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After a training demo, we took to the sea, which was perfect for beginners with its regular but relatively small waves.

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There were plenty of wipeouts, but each time someone managed to stay upright for more than a second was greeted with an exultant cheer.

It’s an adrenalin rush and just loads of fun. There are dozens of operators along Weligama beach, chat to a few and take your pick.

Mirissa has a more lively bar and restaurant scene than Weligama; most offer almost identical food and drink menus including Happy Hours, but with differing levels of service.

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We liked Ben’s and the Paragon for good cocktails and tasty food. The fresh fish couldn’t have been more so; caught that day and laid out for you to take your pick.

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Most bars play odd reggae covers of Adele and Ed Sheeran; some offer a bit of a boogie later and there are parties if you look for them. If you can’t – why not use your perfect 10 to make a human pyramid instead? Or go for a spot of skinny dipping (no pictures available!).

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Some beach time to end our holiday has been the perfect end to a frenetic two weeks with wonderful friends; next stop, Bangkok! Well via Colombo of course – we’re not done with you yet Sri Lanka!

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