Mirissa, Sri Lanka
9 July 2017
Poetry by Marc
The light is heedless here
Watch it spill into every wave
Leap the shore with outstretched hands
The clouds race and return
Spatter showers against slow minutes
Palms splay surrender to the wind
Shelter is a coterie of umbrellas
Tied together with forlorn rope
Empty rooms paint on new faces
Each resort has one room
Occupied, the rest huddle at night
Haunted by rumours of cyclones
All the good restaurants have laid
Their feet up, shutters down
Gone elsewhere against grim
Waves that pummel the shore
And tear the sloped beach with
Broken corals and faint bass lines
Getting to Mirissa
The cheapest and most obvious route is by public bus. About 100 rupees from Galle bus station. Buses are frequent (every fifteen minutes). The journey takes about an hour or so.
No need to book accommodation in advance as there's plenty of room in the low season. Downside of the low season is that the seas are too rough to go out whale-watching.
If you want cheap local food and avoid the slightly more pricy places in the beach, you'll find a great curry and kottu shop at the junction of Matara and Udupila Road.
Technically it's the monsoon, but practically, it rains only for a while each day, usually in the late afternoon. So sunsets are non-existent, but mornings are just about perfect.