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Whale and Dolphin Watching

A treasure trove of surprises, Sri Lanka enchants travellers for its many attractions. One of the most fascinating treasures here is the whale and dolphin watching expedition. Sri Lanka is becoming a major spot for watching Whales and Dolphins. Sri Lanka’s whale and dolphin populations were relatively unknown until quite recently. The popularity of this activity is such in Sri Lanka that tourists take whale watching holidays to this paradise island.

Sri Lanka’s waters are home to blue whales, the largest animal in the world. Off Sri Lanka’s coast is the largest known pod of blue whales in the world, with over 1000 whales. In addition to whales, dolphin watching is also quite a popular activity here. Dolphins are playful and can be spotted swimming alongside boats, jumping out of the water and being playful.

Best places in Sri Lanka to enjoy Whale and Dolphin Watching

Mirissa Mirissa is the ideal place for whale and dolphin sighting. This place lets you explore five types of whales, including blue whales, bryde’s whales, sperm whales, killars whales and pilot whales. You can also spot four different kinds of dolphins here, which are spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, risso’s dolphins in Mirissa. Many whales and dolphins like to live this area.

Kalpitiya This one of the best whale and dolphin watching places in Sri Lanka. This place lets you enjoy the view of this giant species from a closer perspective. You can spot the most common whales here that are the sperm whales. Other whales that can be spotted surfacing from time to time are the blue whale, minke, melon-headed and dwarf sperm whales. In addition to that one can see pods of 1000 dolphins.

Trincomalee Another famous spot for dolphin and whale sighting is Trincomalee. This is one of the famous places in the world to witness the huge mammals of the sea. A top place to watch blue whales, sperm whales and dolphins, March to June is the best time for the expedition.

Jaffna A perfect place to be for these giant mammal lovers, one can also watch turtles and various fish species here, including Bluefin Tuna and Flying Fish. This is one of the favourite places among the tourists.

Mannar There is not better experience of whale and dolphin sighting than watching them in their natural habitat. Variety of whales and dolphins can be seen in Mannar. If you visit there, you can get unforgettable experience.

Best time for Whale Watching In Mirissa, the best time for whale watching is from November to April; in Trincomalee, the best time is from May to September.

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