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Whale watching in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a well known destination among nature lovers as the world’s one of the best places to spot blue whales and sperm whales. The conditions for whale watching in Sri Lanka are possibly some of the finest you will find; hot tropical sun, mainly clement weather conditions, an hour’s boat journey from the shore and dazzlingly clear water make for a completely unique experience.

Blue whales are the largest animal on planet earth, up to 100 feet long and weighing over 200 tons. Ever wonder how these sea creatures become so gigantic? Yes you are correct, it’s there meal. An adult blue whale consumes about 4 tons of tiny shrimp like animals called krill. Blue whales swim in almost all the world’s oceans and reach near Equator waters in the winter. Most of the times they can be seen either alone or in pairs, but occasionally swim with small groups.

Sperm whales are toothed whales that live in pods. It has the largest brain of any animal and has only one blow hole. Sperm whales are the deepest diving whales. They can be seen bit further off shore in the shipping lanes.

Your first encounter with an animal as much as big as a jet plane will definitely be a memorable life time experience. Just imagine how these big mammals plough through sea waters few feet away from you spraying water with its huge blow holes. The ship will sail up to 60km far from the coast to take you in to the play grounds of these sea giants.  Spouting with their large blow holes they will present a breath taking live performance you will ever remember. For kids it will definitely be a lesson on marine biology, the crew will explain all the details of whale habitat you want to know.

These sea giants can be spot along Dondra point in the south coast of Sri Lanka during the months of January to April. Whale watching in Trincomalee in the East cost of Sri Lanka begins from the month of May and continues till September.  Trincomalee is known for its calm and clean sea water with the breath taking scenery of sun rise.

Mirissa in Southern coast of Sri Lanka is a place where you could spot Pigmy Blue whales during the months of December to march. They grow up to only 80 feet long but looks as majestic as the blue whale.

The other coastal areas to spot these sea giants are Kalpitiya, Hikkaduwa, Aluthgama and Ambalangoda. Kalpitiya is also very much popular for Dolphin watching. During the months of November to March one could spot 1000 to 1500 dolphins at a time.

This would be an ideal thing to do on your next trip to Sri Lanka if you are searching about the places to visit in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka navy operates three hour and six hour journeys three days a week for both local and foreign nature lovers. To get more information you must contact the tour organizers, Hot Line +94 777323050 , +94777323050.

Watch following videos to find out how awesome it can be when you visit Sri Lanka for blue whale watching.

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You can watch more Sri Lankan whale watching videos Here.


Sandun W

Sandun joined Lanka Help Magazine as a contributor in June, 2011. He has been consistently writing articles to our magazine. Many useful articles of this site are under Sandun's name.

2 thoughts on “Whale watching in Sri Lanka

  1. The Kalpitiyan coast is home to something special – hundreds of dolphins. Wake with the rising sun and head out to sea to wonder at these intelligent, sociable creatures. Best time to see them is when the sea is calm from November to April.

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