Whale watching is Sri Lanka is picking up as a great tourist activity. This only started only a few years back, when it was realized that the whales come in the Indian Ocean during a particular season. In fact the activity picked up only after 2009 when the civil war ended and the tourists started flocking in.
Sighting whales near the shores of Sri Lanka is pretty easy done, in the months of November to March. Blue Whales and Sperm Whales can be seen easily a few kilometers from the shores. Schools of dolphins that frolic around the tourist boats are a ‘free’ add-on, though they are as good a reason as any to go out in the sea. Dolphins are elegant and happy creatures – the way they show-off, when they see a boat full of people, is amazing.
The boats leave the port of Galle, Mirissa and Trincomalee, just to name a few, early in the morning and rest assured, within an hour you start seeing the majestic sea mammals. The trip is usually over by the afternoon.
Here are a few pics that I took of the whales and dolphins with my small Nikon. (It is indeed a truism that we love our fuzzy-shaky pictures much more than the awesome ones we can easily get on the net- and so I will not resist the temptation to post some of mine.)