It is reported that the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha, has intervened and instructed Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva with regards to the current “Foreigners Only” policy in Mirissa and Weligama beach resort areas.

Foreigners only?

For those you not sure what this is all about, there’s currently a “foreigners only” policy followed by a few resorts in the down south, particularly in the Weligama and Mirissa areas. As much you’d like to believe this is some sort of prank, rest assured its not. Its pretty ironic when your own folk discriminate against you. Not that discrimination in general is okay at any level.

Any local visitor who have been to those parts would acknowledge the preferential treatment given to the tourists as opposed to the locals (අපි ඉතින් ගොඩේ නේ ). The minister had recently issued a statement regarding the matter. Accordingly, officers are to take immediate steps to control the issue via the local governments. Time will tell whether any real action will be taken. For now, all we can do is hope for the best.

Mirissa: Serenity by the sea

Forgetting about the ridiculous policy, Mirissa is actually an awesome place to visit. There’s a lot on offer for those of you who enjoy the seaside activities. From surfing and snorkeling to whale watching, the down south has it all.

November – April is probably the best time to visit if you want to see some whales in action. Chances are you’ll get to see Blue Whales, Bryde Whales, Sperm Whales, and maybe even a few Killer Whales.

Mirissa Whal Watching
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Surfing is also quite famous here. You can often see a crowd of people surfing the waves, while another eager group practice hard at the beach. After all, its one of the best reasons to be at Mirissa.


  1. I have visited Central Beach inn while travelling in Mirissa and decided to order some lunch and drinks for us. But instead of lunch the waiter ask us to leave the premises as they dont serve locals as the place is for foreigners only .


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