Watching whales can be a life-changing experience. That is why you need to visit the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ to observe these magnificent creatures.
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Best Time to Go
Tour agencies such as Ceylon Tours always state that the best time for whale watching depends on the species you want to see. That is because while it is possible to see ten species of whale from the coast of Sri Lanka, not all of them can be seen at the same time. For instance, if one wishes to see blue whales, they have to travel between February and mid-March. But, if they want to see a humpback or even a sperm whale, they can visit between late November and mid-April.
Best Places for Whale Watching
When it comes to blue whale watching in Sri Lanka, the best spots would be located on the southern coast. More specifically around Galle and Mirissa. That is because of the narrowness of the continental shelf at these locations, which makes it easier to access the deep waters. Thus, it is a must to spend a few days in either Galle or Mirissa. Furthermore, in addition to whale watching, there are many boutique hotels and quirky cafes around these spots to keep the travellers occupied.
How to be a Responsible Whale Watcher
While Sri Lanka may not be as famous for whale watching as it is for its elephants, it’s slowly growing to be a popular tourist attraction. Thus, it is important to ensure that this trip will be a responsible one. The best way to do this is by checking if the tour operators have been accredited by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS).
How to Book a Tour
There may be some travellers who travel to Sri Lanka mainly for the purpose of whale watching. If that is the case, then it is recommended that they create a customised tour. However, if one is simply seeking to arrange a day trip, then it would be possible to make the arrangements via their hotel.