Mirissa from the boat
There’s no politics in the ocean. Sri Lanka looks entirely serene from the sea. In between bouts of nausea and sleep, we get roused for various sightings of whale. Their spouty exhales punctuated the horizon, otherwise dotted with container ships. The main whale habitat is also a main shipping lane and the place is actually densely populated. It’s like the Galle Road, except with whales instead of cows.
The boat is mostly full of tourists. The hotels are mostly booked. This makes finding a place hard, try Seaview (041 578 4020) for the view or Palm Villa (041 225 0022) for the rooms. A friend organized the whaling thing through Mirissa Water Sports (773 597 731) for Rs. 5,000 a head.
But to return to the point, I was chatting to a few tourists and they’re having a great time here. They discuss the political situation in passing, but it seems – to most – befuddling more than threatening. I was out on the water looking back at shore, thinking nothing in particular. It just didn’t make sense that this resplendent island was in fact full of bloated politicians and avarice. It just doesn’t look like that. It just looks beautiful.