Sri Lanka - A perfect place to watch Whales.
The south coast of Sri Lanka is one of the best places to witness the largest mammal on the planet, the blue whale. Thanks to its close proximity to the Continental Shelf, the Sri Lankan coast is a welcome home to nature’s giants, with sightings of blue whales a regular occurrence. This is truly an unforgettable experience, as the creatures, who can reach over 100ft in length, surface with a deafening blast of their blowholes before gorging on tonnes of tiny shrimp. The south coast is also home to several other species of whale, including fin whales, sei whales, sperm whales and orcas. Tours largely set sail from the coastal town of Mirissa. Meanwhile, on the west coast of the country lies the Kalpitiya Peninsula, a stunning stretch of less developed coastline which is also home to sperm whales, as well as minke, melon-headed and dwarf sperm whales. Sri Lanka is a perfect location to take in several of the most incredible whale species all in one place.

Where is it?
Sri Lanka is an island country located in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, near the south-east coast of India. It is a popular stop-off for many travellers thanks to it being the closest country to the Maldives.

Best time to visit?
The Sri Lankan whale watching season begins in November and ends in April. The best viewing takes place in high season which runs from December to March, as this is when the coastal water is at its warmest and calmest.

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