Sri Lanka is becoming a major spot for watching Whales and Dolphins and it has always been a very exciting activity. The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point (accessible from Galle, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa) and Trincomalee while the sea off Kalpitiya teems with an abundance of dolphins.You can enjoy these expeditions mainly during the morning and afternoon, while the morning trip is considered the best to try it out.
Popular Places for whale and Dolphin Watching in Sri Lanka
During the season, Mirissa is the most reliable site in the world for seeing the difficult and desired Blue Whale. Mirissa is a lovely coastal village on Sri Lanka's south coast situated between the Galle and Matara. It is approximately a 40 minutes' drive from Galle and 4 hours' drive from Colombo city.It may also be the best place for seeing Sperm Whales, Large Baleen Whales and Toothed Whales.Whale Watching at Mirissa can be easily arranged as a day trip from all resorts of the South West Coast. Most of the whale-watching boat trips start at 6:30 am in the morning. Whale watching season starts in November and ends in April. Ocean is warm and calm during these months.
Trincomalee is celebrated as one of the most picturesque coastal areas in Sri Lanka with its white sandy beaches and blue waters. The best season to visit Trincomalee is between May and October.During this period you can spot Blue Whales and Sperm Whales that are considered to be some of the largest creatures on earth.
Kalpitiya in the North Western Coast close to the Colombo International Airport is a main resorts for Whale & Dolphin Watching in Sri Lanka.Kalpitiya is becoming very popular for its presence of Sperm Whales and an occasional Blue Whale alone is a world class attraction of marine life.Kalpitiya is perfect for dolphin and whale watching, because you do not have to head out too deep into the ocean to catch a glimpse of them.the best time for the Southern (and Western) seas is between November and April .You may see Pods that have hundreds of dolphins often in Kalpitiya, especially near the Bar Reef, which is just a one-hour boat ride away.
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