Your Guide to Whale Watching in Mirissa – Every naturalist’s dream

The ocean around Sri Lanka is a habitat for a wide variety of marine life. Whale watching in Mirissa has become a popular holiday activity among many tourists who want to catch a glimpse of these breathtaking creatures of the ocean.

Trincomalee

Dschen Reinecke, Sri Lanka-Trincomalee-Pigeon Island, CC BY-SA 3.0

Trincomalee | Image Credit – Dschen Reinecke, CC BY-SA 3.0

Trincomalee Bay, a natural harbour is among the most picturesque, deepest and largest of such harbours in the world. Among whale watching areas in Sri Lanka, Trincomalee has the shortest whale watching season.

Mirissa

Mirissa | Image Credit ; Arian Zwegers Via Wikipedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

Mirissa | Image Credit ; Arian Zwegers Via Wikipedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

The Mirissa whale watching the season from November to April is the longest with the peak being between December and January. Whale watching is a part of Sri Lanka tours organized by popular tour operators such as the Walkers Tours.

Kalpitiya

The Bar Reef, the largest coral reef in the country is located off Kalpitiya Peninsula 150 km north of Colombo. Whale watching boats can be rented from 80 boat operators trained and approved by the Department of Wildlife, who issue tickets for the trips.

Aerial Whale Watching

Taking a whale watching to new heights is whale watching from the air. This definitely is a more convenient option as there is no getting up at the crack of dawn or undertaking a five to seven hour trip on a crowded boat.

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Unawatuna Beach, Sri Lanka -Catch the Summer Fever in Unawatuna!

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna Beach | Dominic DeGrazier , Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

With such clear, blue waters surrounding its coasts, it’s no surprise that the island nation of Sri Lanka is famous for amazing beaches. The beach is a necessary experience of all kinds of Sri Lanka tours, whether they be adventurous, a family vacation, solo trip or even a wellness retreat. Some beaches are ideal for specific requirements. For example, Arugam Bay in the island’s East Coast is perfect for surfers, both pros and amateurs alike; as its home to a range of great surf breaks. If you talk to a reputed agent the likes of the Sri Lanka Tailor-made, they will guide you to the beach destination that is most suited to your requirements.

But, let’s say you don’t have any specific need and you just want to experience the best of Sri Lanka’s beaches, there is a beach that is just ideal for anybody and everybody from the kids to the adults and that is the Unawatuna Beach!

Where is it? The charming coastal hamlet of Unawatuna lies about 2 hours away from Colombo, one of the two capital cities of Sri Lanka; where the country’s international airport is located in. You can travel to Unawatuna or “Una” as it is lovingly called; either through the scenic coastal Galle Road or the much quicker Southern Expressway. You can choose to do a one-day trip to Una or you could get a much better experience by staying at one of the many resorts huddled along the beach.

Once you’ve reached Unawatuna here are things that you could try out.

Diving & Snorkelling

Una is famous for its gorgeous coral reefs so trying out diving and snorkelling is a must. A boat ride of about 20-30 minutes will take you to a dive site consisting of a range of ship wrecks including the once-illustrious ‘Rangoon’ a British vessel sunk 100 years ago!

Jungle Beach

One of the most exquisite beaches in Unawatuna and the country overall. Jungle Beach is situated about 4 kilometres away from Una, and you need to trek through a little bit of a forest to get to the beach, hence the name. Its got a really cool reef as well.

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Uncover the beauty of hill country of Sri Lanka – The island’s magnificent mountains

Often clouded with deep, thick mists, covered with neatly grown tea estates and glorious lush green throughout the hill country of Sri Lanka is a tropical wonderland. The pristine hill country of the island offers ruins of ancient kingdoms, historic temples, other holy sites and of course the iconic tea plantation responsible for the production of Ceylon tea.

Being the most scenic landscapes of the country, the hill country is situated in the Central province and is naturally a major tourist attraction. The major highlights of the hill country of the island often characterised by tour providers specialising in Sri Lanka tours such as the Connaissance de Ceylan, would be Kandy, Nuweraeliya, Ella.

Kandy being one of the two major cities of the country, is a commercial hub, a recreational paradise and a sacred fortress. It is home to the iconic temple of tooth relic, one of the most important religious sites in the Buddhist world. Kandy is also the capital of the central province and owns a rich cultural heritage often showcased at the renowned Esala Maha Perehara.

Next up is Nuweraeliya. This is a beautiful city covered with emerald tipped mountains and plantations. It was a major hangout spot during the British colonial times due to its mild spring- like weather thus resulting in the colonial architecture and roads distinctively found all over the town. The holy Trinity church is a major attraction in the area. A relaxing boat ride along the Gregory Lake or a simple stroll in the Victoria Park would be a soothing experience. The Haggala botanical gardens is also a major tourist attraction due to stunning, vibrant rose varieties and other distinctive plant varieties and flowers.

Ella is another oasis amid the Sri Lankan hills. It is a small village placed in the central mountains and is only home to a very few guesthouses, hotels and boutique stores. Due to its excellent climate and breathtaking views this is one of the most celebrated hiking spots of the country. Legend has it that Ella was the place where ‘Sita deviya’ was kept hostage by King ‘Ravana.’

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.

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