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Blue whale near Mirissa Harbour, Sri Lanka

Whale watching

Sri Lanka is becoming one of the most successful places to see both blue and sperm whales, which can be found off the island's southern coast.

The best time to go is between December and April when the sea is calm and these spectacular mammals traverse the Sri Lankan waters. During this period the chance of spotting whales and large pods of dolphins is very likely, often only a few miles off the coast.

Group departures generally leave Mirissa Harbour, near Dondra Point at around 7am returning later in the morning or early afternoon depending on the sightings. Life jackets are provided on board the boat.

Mirissa Harbour is only about 40 minutes from the city of Galle depending on traffic.

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Other experiences in Galle

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • Galle City Tour
    Gate into Galle Fort

    Galle City Tour

    Galle City Tour

    Your guide will take you into the walled area of the town which consists of narrow streets lined with European-style buildings, traditional churches and small shops selling lace and jewellery.

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Experience it for yourself

You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.