Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Sri Lanka -

Mirissa, Kal­pi­tiya and Trin­co­ma­lee

BEST FOR: Whale-watch­ing, es­pe­cially blues (Mirissa); dol­phins and sperm whales (Kal­pi­tiya); blue whales from the shore and sperm whales (Trin­co­ma­lee).


(Mirissa); 3 hrs (Kal­pi­tiya); 7 hrs (Trin­co­ma­lee).

WHAT’S NEARBY? The Dutch fort and port city of Galle (Mirissa);wilpattu NP and the Barr Reef Sanc­tu­ary, for snorkelling (Kal­pi­tiya); Many ru­ral coastal fish­ing vil­lages (Trin­co­ma­lee).

Mirissa, in the south and close to the Dutch fort and port city of Galle, is stud­ded with lux­ury vil­las and great food. It’s prob­a­bly the most de­vel­oped for whale-watch­ing tourism, fol­low­ing a me­dia blitz in May 2008 that it was the best for blue whale. The en­counter rate is on av­er­age over 80% in the months from De­cem­ber to March.

Kal­pi­tiya, a penin­sula in the north-west, is fa­mous for its dol­phins and pe­ri­odic vis­its by su­per-pods of sperm whales, the largest gath­er­ings in the world ac­ces­si­ble to tourists. The penin­sula is also close to Wilpattu Na­tional Park, while the Bar Reef Marine Sanc­tu­ary is great for snorkelling.

Trin­co­ma­lee, in the north-east has a sub­ma­rine canyon cut­ting in close to shore. Blue whales are some­times seen from the pool-side of re­sorts with Swami Rock be­ing the best shore-based lo­ca­tion for get views of these won­ders.

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