What’s in a name
Due to its exotic beauty and old world charm, Sri Lanka has been showered with many monikers; the more well known ones being Serendipity, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle and Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Ever dreamed of getting up close and personal with Mother Nature’s most massive creation? Sri Lanka invites you to experience a gargantuan (literally!) vacation – whale watching!
Touted as a top global spot for whale watching, Sri Lanka has a high concentration of both blue and sperm whale species and ideal tropical conditions.
Tourists can opt to view these magnificent mammals either by sea or air-based expeditions. Motor boats and trawlers allow tourists to travel to the ocean and observe the natural habitats of the whales up close. Meanwhile, the latter involves rides in helicopters or sea planes that also allow tourists to enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of the island.
Whale watching is a seasonal activity that is available along the West and South West Coast from November to March; and the East Coast (off Trincomalee) from June to September.
Aside from whale watching, tourists vacationing at this popular tropical island destination can also enjoy the beautiful beaches and snorkelling. Sri Lanka is situated within the protected zone in the Indian Ocean as designated by the International Whaling Commission. Out of the 80 species of cetaceans that have been identified worldwide, 26 are found in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal.