From Mirissa to Unawatuna

I decided that the best way for us to get from Mirissa to Unawatuna would be to take a tuk tuk. It couldn’t have worked out better.

We called a tuk tuk driver, a young lad, that we had met a couple of evenings before in Mirissa. He had been touting for business and we got chatting. I took his number and called to book him the evening before we were due to leave.

Read about all my tuk tuk drivers in Sri Lanka [complete with contact details].

Mostly in Sri Lanka for getting from one town to another we used public transport. We had taken epic train journeys and hellish bus rides. But after the journey between Tangalle and Mirissa, where we had practically wasted a day, I decided that enough was enough: we had a limited amount of time left in Sri Lanka and we were not going to waste the best part of another day stuck on a sweaty bus when we could be at the beach instead.

Having said that, I still wholeheartedly recommend travel on public transport in Sri Lanka. And I don’t regret any of the bus or train rides that we took.

But part of my thinking behind taking a tuk tuk to Unawatuna from Mirissa was that we could get the driver to stop here and there so we could take pictures along the way. I particularly wanted to see Weligama and the stilt fishermen.

The driver came on time to pick us up from La Breeze in Mirissa. We had decided to set off mid-morning just because we could. That meant we had the luxury of taking our time to enjoy breakfast at Dewmini Roti Shop.

Read about food and accommodation in Mirissa.

The entire tuk tuk journey from Mirissa to Unawatuna only took about an hour and we were surprised when we were already pulling off the awful highway, onto the beach road.

Weligama

We did stop at Weligama too, to see the famous fishermen. I didn’t take any photos of them though; they were demanding 500rs! The photo you see above is from a Sri Lankan government website.

We got talking to one of the fishermen and he told us that they hardly fish in this way anymore. He said that the fishermen earn more by posing for photos for tourists. He was also telling us that the posts they sit on are inherited! You can’t just stick your stilt where you want; you can only use an existing one, and these are passed down from father to son.

Arriving in Unawatuna

As usual we hadn’t organised a place to stay. So when we reached Unawatuna we asked our tuk tuk driver if he knew of anywhere. He took us to Village Inn Guest House, which turned out to be the worst place we slept in Sri Lanka, but which that afternoon in the sunshine looked very pleasant!

Village Inn, Uanawatuna 2016

Village Inn, Unawatuna

The tuk tuk from Mirissa to Unawatuna cost us 1,300rs (8,50€) and it took about 1 hour 20 mins including the stop at Weligama.

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