Whale Watching in Sri Lanka
If you are a nature lover and passionate about marine tourism, you simply cannot afford to miss a trip to Sri Lanka which is a treasure house of marine and wildlife. An island country in Indian Ocean off the sea coast of the Indian sub-continent, Sri Lanka is a paradise for tourists from the around the world who are awe stuck by the natural beauty of the island and are delighted by the warmth and hospitality of Sri Lankans. Large stretches of white sandy beaches offer world class resorts where you can bask in the glory of nature and enjoy water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling and motor boat rides in the ocean for dolphin spotting and whale scouting. Wildlife reserves of Sri Lanka offer a glimpse into amazing flora and fauna of the region that attracts wildlife enthusiasts from various countries around the world.
- At Marissa search the calm sea for Whales and Dolphins
- Face off with leopards at Yala National Park
- In colombo walk the vibrant markets and bazaars of Pettah
- Mulkirigala sightseeing tour
Best time to Visit
Day 1 Arrive Colombo
Upon arrival at Colombo airport, you will be assisted by a Vasco Representative and escorted to your hotel in Colombo, the commercial capital of the country.
After check-in relax for few hours to recover from any jet lag. If you have spare time your chauffeur will drive through the commercial and city center known as the “Fort”, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century where grand colonial era buildings stand alongside modern office structures. See the vibrant markets and bazaars of Pettah, and the National Museum with its fine collection of lovely antiques and art of Sri Lanka. You could visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people. Alternatively you may indulge in some shopping. In the evening return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 6 Mirissa – Yala National Park
After breakfast, descend from the sunny beaches of Mirissa to the jungles of Yala. On arrival in Yala, check-in at the hotel.
In the afternoon commence on a private jeep safari in the Yala National Park accompanied by a tracker. Yala National park is one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco tourist Destinations and renowned for its variety of wildlife notably its many elephants. It is also home to the spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose and crocodiles. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds in this park. Yala has a high concentration of Leopards although seeing these nocturnal carnivores still requires some luck. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 3-5 Whale watching in Mirissa
Rise early morning and leave for Mirissa, a small sandy tropical beach village which boasts some of Sri Lanka’s most stunning sunsets and sunrises. It is also on the worlds 'Top Hot Spots' for Sperm and Blue whale sightings. In the warm Indian Ocean you can see Blue Whales, Sperm Whales, Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, Risso's Dolphins and Striped Dolphins. Take the boat from the fishery harbour out to sea. Blue Whales in concentrations not seen elsewhere in the world would be the highlight. After seeing the blue whales, your naturalist will take you further out into sea to look for Sperm Whales. You will come back to the hotel by lunch time.
Rest of the day is free for independent activities. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 2 Colombo – Tangalle
After breakfast we leave for Tangalle which lies In the deep south of Sri Lanka. A tranquil paradise surrounded by beautiful white beaches and calm seas, Tangalle is an ideal beach destination to immerse yourself in blissful serenity.
Optional Inspiring Experiences
Mulkirigala sightseeing tour
Mulkirigala is an imposing rock structure with remarkable cave temples, located 21km north from the town of Tangalle in the district of Hambantota. The ancient rock steps lead the visitors through a series of natural caves, with unique wall paintings & Buddha statues, and on to the summit. This enormous boulder known as ‘little Sigiriya” rises perpendicularly approximately 200 meters out of the surrounding palm forest. The Mulkirigala Viharaya is a Buddhist temple complex that ascends and crowns the rock. It is a temple of great antiquity with fine murals. In one of these rock temples, the British colonial administrator, George Turner, discovered an ancient manuscript, Mahavamsa the great chronicle, in 1826. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 7 Yala National Park – Negombo
Day 8 Negombo – Colombo Airport – Journey Home
Now that you are at the end of your journey with Vasco, after breakfast your chauffeur will take you to the Colombo International Airport in time for your flight back home.