MIRISSA

POP: 4,695

GPS: 5.9483° N, 80.4716° E

GEO: COASTAL

CUR: SRI LANKAN RUPEE

Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. It is approximately 150 kilometres south of Colombo (2 hour drive) and is situated at an elevation of 4 metres above sea level. Mirissa's beach and nightlife make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island's main whale and dolphin watching locations.

Mirissa was affected by the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, with numerous homes, guesthouses, shops, schools and temples destroyed or damaged and fourteen reported deaths.  About two thirds of the population were left homeless, or without jobs etc.