Sri Lanka is increasingly gaining popularity as a major spot for seeing whales and dolphins since its shoreline falls within a significant whale and dolphin migration route. The major ports of dolphin and whale watching in Sri Lanka include the east coast of Trincomalee, remote places in Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya in the West coast and Mirissa or Dondra Point down south. In addition, the western coastal towns of Alutgama, Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa also offer whale and dolphin sightings.

Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya has become popular as the very best location for watching dolphins throughout November to March. Again, a huge number of sperm whales and blue whales have been seen from the seas off Dandra throughout the weeks of January to April. Whale and dolphin sighting is also possible during June to September off the southern beaches of Trincomalee.

The route of migration of whales

Marine biologists have seen lots of migratory blue whales along with the regional whales at the Dondra point, crossing over to Arabian Sea from the Bay of Bengal. In January, the natives on their way to Bay of Bengal pass Sri Lanka. Back in April, they are seen in the south coast passing Maldives into the Arabian Sea.

Whale watching – Dondra Head

A group named Mirissa Water Sports was documenting whale sightings since April 2006 and they reported that the current sightings of whales in the southern waters. These sightings have played a significant role in crafting the route of whale migration approximately Sri Lanka through January and April.

However, with improved infrastructure and vital information at hand, whale watching tourism is collecting remarkable impetus in southern Sri Lanka. The marine biologists consider the sea off Dondra Head to become one of the prime places to see whales in Sri Lanka, for its nearness to the coast. December to April is the peak season since during this time, there’s a huge chance of spotting Sperm whales and blue whales as they migrate just off the Dondra head.

There are agreements of a three-hour Whale watching Trip off Dondra Point in fully insured trawler boat, equipped with life jackets and lifeguards offering complementary water and breakfast.

Aside from Mirissa, the closest thing to Dondra head with decent accommodation are Hikkaduwa, Galle, Unawatuna, Weligama, Mirissa and Tangalle, which can be prime beach locations in Sri Lanka.

Trincomalee bay

The documentation of this whale watching at the Trincomalee bay by marine biologists of the research vessel The Tulip, pioneered the commercial whale watching in Sri Lanka in the 1980s along with the natives of Trincomalee also found its location in the award winning movie”Whales weep not.” However, security constraint has restricted the popularity of the area.

Besides seeing whales, if you are interested in dolphin watching, visit Kalpitiya, through out November to March, at which you can witness around 1000 – 1500 dolphins at a time. Accommodation facilities are available in the vacation cottages or the tasteful beach resorts in the Kalpitiya area.

So, if you’re heading Sri Lanka recently, then do not forget to add the”whale watching trip” to your own itinerary