Whale Watching

Sri Lanka is known to be a haven for tourists and whale watchers across the world in observing whales in the sea in their natural habitats. Whales are observed commonly for recreational purposes of tourists but there are many across the world who engages in this practice for scientific and educational purposes.

Whales inhabit all of the world's oceans and number in the millions. Their size can range from 98 ft. (30m) for the largest Blue whales to pygmy species at only 11 ft. (3.5m) and have life spans of up to 100 years. Whales are generally classified as predators, but their food ranges from microscopic plankton to very large animals.

Kalpitiya and Mirissa in Sri Lanka are prominent marine sanctuaries, home to a diversity of marine habitat. The best time for dolphin and whale watching is from November to April. If you are lucky, you may witness schools of whales which are very large in big groups at once. It is truly a magnificent sight to witness these brilliant and playful creatures as they swim alongside the boat. High concentrations of Blue whales and sperm whales have also been sighted in the Kalpitiya coast.

Responsible whale watching operators in Sri Lanka advocate education of these marine mammals while providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to view them in their native and natural habitats.

Travel Destinations of Whale Watching

  • Kalpitiya which is located 130 km north of Colombo International Airport, is an exquisite coastal region in the Western coastal belt north of Colombo.
  • Mirissa is famous among tourists for its lovely sandy beach with relaxed and picturesque environment. It is a secluded bay lying about 5 kms from Weilgama.
  • Trincomalee is a district in Sri Lanka situated 258 km away from Colombo on the east coast. It is the finest natural harbour in the world.