The Road to One of Asia’s Best Beaches Starts From Cinnamon Bentota Beach

Mirissa’s beach has been ranked as the fourth best beach in Asia by TripAdvisor – though it’s no surprise to travellers exploring Sri Lanka’s southern coastline. While the Southern Expressway provides a faster route to Mirissa, taking the scenic ocean road offers a much richer journey – with a lot more to enjoy than the view.

Idyllic Breakfast Stop: Cinnamon Bentota Beach

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Combining local culture and renowned architecture, Cinnamon Bentota Beach makes an inspiring breakfast stop. Designed by one of Asia’s most influential architects of his generation – Geoffrey Bawa – the resort is nestled between the Bentara River and Bentota Beach. Experience breakfast while watching either the waves or the river birds over gourmet waffles or Sri Lankan egg hoppers.

Sri Lankan Mask Workshop: Ambalangoda

In Ambalangoda, make a small detour to the Traditional Mask Workshop & Museum for an immersive experience of local art. Explore ancient collections related to rituals and dances, participate in workshops, or take home unpainted masks as souvenirs. Cinnamon Bey Beruwala can help arrange this experience for your convenience.

Exploring Galle Fort: Galle

The magnificent Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site built by the Portuguese in 1588, is en-route to Mirissa. Take a leisurely stroll along the grassy ramparts or cobbled streets, and don’t miss visiting the charming shops and cafes that serve everything from coconut ice cream to king coconut. Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon can arrange a guided walking tour with prior notice.

Galle Fort is about an hour’s drive away from Mirissa Beach, so you can spend a little longer exploring the Fort or ask around to book an experience at Mirissa itself – ideally whale watching in Mirissa during season. While Mirissa is renowned as a beautiful destination, the journey there adds an extra dimension to your trip.

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