Parrot Rock Mirissa is a unique, stand alone rock situated on the eastern tip of the main beach. Here’s a guide to visiting.
Parrot Rock is situated on the Eastern point of Mirissa’s main Beach.
You can see it from the beach as it curves out from the bay standing tall and proud.
If you’re staying in the main town, you can access the beach through many small shortcuts off the street or there is the one main entrance that can’t be missed from the street.
If you’re accessing the beach via the main entrance, then as soon as you’ve touched the strip of sand, turn left and you will see Parrot Rock Mirissa on the tip of the bay.
Whilst you’re heading out that way and up for all the photo opportunities that Mirissa has to offer, then we definitely recommend visiting Coconut Tree Hill.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
We recommend visiting Parrot Rock Mirissa early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
If you can make it at sunrise, even better. You’ll be sure to witness an unforgettable sunrise and capture some photos with minimal people in them.
Due to this famous tourist spot being close to the main tourist beach, it can get very crowded throughout the day. If you’re not a morning person and don’t mind lots of tourists, then it’s awesome spot for sunset too.
It’s also good to know that Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons, a North East monsoon (between October and January) as well as a South West monsoon, (between May and July).
The best times to visit for calmer oceans and stable weather is between January to April and Mid July to September, this applies for the whole country.
However, February to September is calm and dry too, but only in the North and East.
WHAT TO PACK
DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 90D
Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Sunscreen: Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF-50
Microfibre Towel: Microfibre Quick Dry Towel
Underwater Camera: GoPro HERO7
Waterproof Phone Case: LifeProof Fre Waterproof Phone Case
Parrot Rock is a unique, stand alone rock situated on the eastern tip of Mirissa’s main beach (one of our favourite beaches in Sri Lanka).
You can see it from the coastline as it curves out from the bay standing tall and proud.
A great spot for photo opportunities, it looks over a huge chunk of Mirissa’s coastline, with a really small climb that is free of charge.
The structure of the climb isn’t so stable so be careful on your way up, and be mindful that the rocks may be loose or slippery.
There are a couple of seating areas at the top, where you can relax once you’ve braved the climb. It’s a great height in order to view the whole of Mirissa behind you as well as take in the panoramic views of the ocean in front.
The seasons may affect your ability to climb parrot rock if the ocean is too rough. It’s best to check the tide and weather when you’re visiting to find out if it’s safe enough to go.
When we visited, we had to pass through water waist deep in order to access Parrot Rock’s climbing point.
However, if the tide is out and you’re visiting in dry season you’ll be able to easily access it without traipsing waist deep through the water, maybe just up to the ankles.
If you don’t have a dry bag with you, try to take minimal valuables as possible to save anything getting damaged.
Luxury – Paradise Beach Club Mirissa
Paradise Beach Club features afacing outdoor pool with spa pool surrounded by palm trees and sun loungers.
Offering rooms with free WiFi in Mirissa South, the hotel also has a spa and restaurant.
Paradise Beach Club is 200 yards from a whale watching spot in Mirissa. Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is 51 miles away.
Offering a terrace or balcony, each room features a satellite TV, seating and dining areas. Private bathroom includes a bath or shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.
Mid-Budget – Peacock Villa Mirissa
Offering a spa and wellness centre, Peacock Villa is located just 650 yards from the famous Whale Watching Mirissa.
Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a seating area and balcony.
Featuring a shower, private bathroom comes with a hairdryer and a bidet. You can enjoy garden view from the room.
At Peacock Villa you will find a 24-hour front desk, barbecue facilities and shared kitchen. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, a tour desk and dry cleaning.
Budget – JJ’s Hostel
Showcasing an expansive rooftop terrace with day-beds and barbeque, JJ’s Hostel Mirissa is a boutique hostel and guesthouse located in Mirissa North, only a few minutes walk from the beach.
All private rooms include a patio/sitting area with a day-bed where you can relax.
All rooms feature luxury mattresses, linen and private modern bathrooms.
Dormitories feature air-conditioning and personal lockers with attached modern bathrooms.
There is luggage storage space at the property. The hostel has large communal areas, a garden and kitchenette.
For more places to stay in Mirissa, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.