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Trip Start Jan 16, 2012
Trip End Jul 11, 2012

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Ocean Moon Guest House

Flag of Sri Lanka  , Southern,
Sunday, February 12, 2012

Numerous guest entries in the Ganesh Gardens guest book decried the other popular beach towns of Mirissa and Unawatuna as being too noisy and right on the road. "If you're starting your trip, stay here!" “We took the bus to Mirissa, stayed one hour and came straight back to Tangalla!” The number of these comments made it easy for us to decide to stay where we were on the long remote Marakolliya beach, enjoying the warm sea breezes and hanging in hammocks.

So when we finally left Tangalla, it was with the thought to stop off in Mirissa to check it out before getting back on another bus and continuing to Galle. But no discussion was needed after we’d stepped into a second floor room steps from the beach and with an ocean breeze and view: we moved in.

The scene here is much busier—people walk back and forth on the crescent of beach with its surfing waves at the west end and fishing poles behind the rocks on the east end. There’s a lot of happy splashing in the sea, because the beach is flatter than Tangalla’s and better for walking and swimming. Beach chairs and coloured umbrellas and large awnings are out in front of restaurants all along the beach, and at 5:00 these are all taken down and replaced with tables set with candles. Fish tables appear, to be loaded up with fresh red snapper, jumbo (really jumbo!) prawns, barracuda, seer fish, and tuna, so that diners can choose exactly which fish they are going to eat. The Sri Lankans serving up the fish are surfer dudes by day, with dreads or long curls de riguer.

We liked the buzz, different from the quiet remoteness of Tangalla. We walked down to the west end of the beach and had a beer while watching the surfers until sundown; later we joined the candle-lit scene on the beach and savoured a grilled barracuda with salad and chips, sand underfoot. It was just an overnighter, but we’re glad we didn’t miss it.
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