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Deciding Between Beaches

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Deciding Between Beaches

Hi,

We are currently in Tangalle and are trying to decide on our next stops.

We are trying to decide on two places out of Mirissa, Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa.

We're looking for nice beaches with good food options and budget accommodation. Also good nightlife if possible, nothing crazy but just somewhere to go at night.

We had been thinking of going to see stilt fishermen but from what we've read it seems that this is no longer a reality and is just a tourist trap. Is this correct? Is there anywhere to see legitimate stilt fishermen?

Thanks

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Tangalle
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Southern Province, Sri Lanka
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Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Unawatuna
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Galle District, Sri Lanka
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Galle District, Sri Lanka
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1. Re: Deciding Between Beaches

Hi there,

No stiltmen yes unlike you want to be tourist-trapped. The real ones long ago switched to more modern ways of fishing.

I'd pick Mirissa first and from there make a daytrip to nearby Unuwatuna. After that you can decide on the 2nd base, Unuwatuna or Hikka.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Deciding Between Beaches

I would likely select Mirissa and Hikkaduwa.

Hans

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3. Re: Deciding Between Beaches

Thanks for that

We'll make our way to Mirissa first so.

Are there any ATMs in Mirissa?

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4. Re: Deciding Between Beaches

Probably not but then Matara (sure) or Weligama (almost sure) will offer.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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5. Re: Deciding Between Beaches

Thanks!

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