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.


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 | 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.


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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