Catching the Blues

The warm and shallow waters surrounding the teardrop island are also a favourite destination to witness one of the most amazing displays that Mother Nature has to offer. Pasikudah, the tiny hamlet situated on the eastern shores of Sri Lanka, has grown to become a tourist magnet for whale watching and especially sightings of the largest mammal known to ever have existed on Earth, the Blue Whale.

Plan your trip during peak months 

Whale watching is in season between May and September. This is because whales engage in their relocation process around the isle during this period. Many Pasikudah beach hotels use this activity to lure travellers to their destination. So if you have not settled on your preparations yet, shoot for this time of year.

The best way to engage in the activity 

Private or shared boat trips can be arranged at properties like Amethyst Resort which work with trusted operators to provide their visitors with a wholesome whale-watching experience.

Be prepared 

Generally, it is better to set out as early as possible if you are planning to go by boat. Tours commence as early as 6 am. During the time you are out on the water, you will probably catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Binoculars will come in handy to catch a close-up of these giants.

Respect their space 

Whale Watching
Whale Watching – Image via Flickr

Whale watching is a passionate activity in this area.  Similar to most outdoor activities, you need to abide by the rules. Practice the “100-yard minimum rule” for safety. It is best to travel with an expert since they know how to coax these regal sea giants to come closer.