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Whale Watching

Over a hundred rivers and eco systems contribute to the ocean around Sri Lanka. With the swell during the monsoon season as well as the island’s perfect location and its proximity to the continental shelf it creates the perfect condition to support the food chain in the warm tropical water systems of Sri Lanka.

The thriving marine life in Sri Lanka, near the waters of the Indian Ocean has made it a great environment for a significant whale population to take refuge, which in turn, has made sightings of varieties of Baleen whales and Toothed whales quite common in the country, making whale watching yet another recreational activity to be considered when planning your adventure around the paradise island.

With a whale watching season that lasts for almost an entire year, spread across the West coast and East coast, it really shows that Sri Lanka is a haven for the traveler yearning to witness the majesty of Mother Nature in all her glory.

Interesting Facts

  • Sri Lanka’s surrounding is famed for being a haven for the largest of the whale species, the Blue Whale that can be commonly sighted during the whale watching season.
  • Similarly, the waters also prove to be a suitable haven for more than 20 other species of whales, such as the Sperm Whale, the Byrde’s Whale, the Fin Whale, and the Killer Whale to name but four.
  • These majestic creatures can be witnessed mainly in the West coast, and the North East coast, especially in seaside towns, such as Kalpitiya, Mirissa, Dondra Point, and Trincomalee.
  • Whales are considered to be very fond of the deep sea, hence the reason for rare sightings on near shores.
  • Moreover, it is also believed that the sound the Blue Whale emits can be heard from one end of the earth to the other, having the strongest call out of all animals. However, this cannot be witnessed in reality due to many man made reasons such as pollution.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The whale watching season is divided into two halves due to the differing geographies.
  • The season along the West coast generally lasts from December to April, in which December, January and April are considered the peak months.
  • The season along the East coast, such as in Trincomalee, lasts from June to September.
  • It is important to consider the tour guide you choose when planning on going on an excursion, as the services the establishments offer differ.
  • Make sure you ask for a breakdown of the costs and services they provide so as to quell those doubts.
  • Do not attempt to go on board overcrowded boats, as this could be potentially hazardous.
  • Please adhere to the rules set forth by the relevant authorities for the conservation of the ocean and the species therein. After all, we are all in this together.

The Pearl of the Indian Ocean certainly does not disappoint the traveler looking for that unorthodox experience, since it is home to a great number of recreational activities of which whale watching is high on the list.

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Season

June - September

(East Coast)

December - April

(West Coast)

Type

Nature and Outdoors

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