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Whale Watching in Sri Lanka

Spot the epic blue whale and gentle humpback whales in the wild
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A friend and I traveled to Sri Lanka for 5 days of adventure and got more than we expected. Borderlands offered numerous options for our "extreme adventures" appetite- whitewater rafting, repelling down waterfalls, canyoning, sea kayaking and so much more. We even got to see an elephant crossing the river during our kayaking trip. The location on the river is quiet and peaceful. We were especially surprised by the fabulous food - you'll need plenty of it if you expect to have enough energy to keep up with the fun staff. The staff is super friendly, helpful and safe. You can have fun but they take your safety quite seriously. We also went on their whale watching trip. You can't beat a smaller boat that gets you closer to the action. I can't wait to visit their hotel in Nepal. I refer all of my friends to Borderlands as it was truly one of the best holidays yet. I don't like to go many places twice, but I'd definitely go back here!
Faith C, Singapore
When we were planning our trip to Sri Lanka we came across Borderlands and knew that it was a 'must' for our trip. This was the first place that we stayed and we went straight from the airport to there. It was a brilliant place to unwind and slow down into holiday pace. We stayed there 3 nights, we chilled out on the first day, did rafting and canyoning on the 2nd day and then did a guided bike ride on the 3rd day. We had such a good time and the activities were definitely highlights of our trip. We paid extra to have an en-suite which we were pleased with and the cabin we stayed in was amazing-rustic and with one wall open to the river but still with complete privacy. We ended up booking a private whale watching boat trip with Borderlands which we would never have thought to do if we hadn't stayed with them. Needless to say this was brilliant as well. We loved our stay. Thank you to all the staff.
Ruth F
We booked rafting/canyoning and whale wathing with Borderlands and had a wonderful expereince with them even despite low river water level during our trip. Guides are easy-going and professional, equipment in good condition, food delicios. I am glad to recommend Borderlands and look forward to new adventures with them both in Sri Lanka and Nepal. Good luck to you guys!
1_Puteshestvennik, Russia

Helpful Questions

What types of whales can you see in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka's waters are home to several species of whales, including the blue whale, the sperm whale, the humpback whale, and the Bryde's whale. In addition to whales, visitors may also spot dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine animals.
When is the best time for whale watching in Sri Lanka?
The best time for whale watching in Sri Lanka is from December to April on the southern coast, and from May to September on the east coast. During these months, the ocean is generally calm, and the weather is pleasant, making it easier to spot whales.
What are the popular whale watching destinations in Sri Lanka?
The most popular whale watching destinations in Sri Lanka are Mirissa, Weligama and Trincomalee. Mirissa is a small coastal town in the south of Sri Lanka, and its waters are home to the largest concentration of blue whales in the world. Weligama is close to Mrissa, and has fewer visitors than Mrissa for whale watching as it is primarily known as a surf town. Trincomalee is a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka, and it is known for its resident population of sperm whales.
How can you go whale watching in Sri Lanka?
Visitors can book whale watching tours through local operators in Mirissa, Weligama or Trincomalee. The tours usually depart early in the morning and can last up to 5-6 hours. It's recommended to book in advance, especially during the peak season, to ensure availability.
Where are the best places for Whale Watching in Sri Lanka?
The popular cities for Whale Watching in Sri Lanka are:
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