As much as I love tea, and I do, Sri Lanka isn't just tea so my next stop was to see a different side of the island nation, Mirissa, a beautiful seaside tourist destination on the south coast. I've always loved water, fresh water or salt water makes no difference, if the sun is shining and the water is accessible than I'll usually take a dip.
The kind folks at Galaboda Tea Estate supplied me with a driver who drove us to Mirissa around twenty kilometres south of the estate. Mirissa has long been a coastal town but due to its tranquil setting and some decent surf offshore it has become a popular tourist destination so it didn't take me long to find a nice hotel at one end of the beach built on a rocky outcrop. It was perfect for some Sri Lankan chilling.
For the next couple for days I did very little of anything, just caught the vibe. I got up early each morning to catch the sunrise and film the fishermen while they sought their early morning catch and later watched surfers pick waves from the pool terrace at the hotel. The setting was idyllic with blue waters rolling in rhythmically while warm breezes filtered through coconut trees. There wasn't much impetus to do anything else as it was so relaxing.
When I finally managed to pry myself from my veranda chair we went whale watching from the next bay over. Sri Lanka has a burgeoning whale watching industry so off we went in a tuk tuk to the Mirissa Fisheries Harbour to catch a boat out into the big blue. It was a half day venture and an enjoyable excursion though we didn't spot any whales. That's the problem with wildlife viewing, they don't always appear on cue, still, maybe next time. To be honest I wasn't really bothered as I was too busy chilling before the next part of my journey back to Colombo.