Amazing Facts About Whale Watching In Sri Lanka With Kids

Kids, regardless of their age and character, love adventures, especially when their parents are there to boost their spirits. They love to visit haunted houses, become afraid, scream their lungs out, yet never say “NO”. This is a kind of adrenaline-driven excitement that they experience at the utterance of “Adventure”. Hence, whale watching in Sri Lanka is not an exception. Most kids love to take trips to the sea in the early hours of dawn with their parents to watch the giant aquatic mammals sailing nonchalantly in the ocean waters. They are mesmerized by the sight of the amazing toothed and toothless whales, sometimes, if lucky enough, a glimpse or two of the largest mammal on Earth – the Blue Whale.

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There is no doubt about the fact that Sri Lanka holidays with kids are incomplete without Jungle Safaris and whale-watching trips, So, if you are planning to visit the tropical island soon, make sure you have included whale watching in your itinerary. Otherwise, your children are going to miss a lot. Catching a glimpse of a Blue Whale or a Humpback Whale or even a Sperm Whale is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So, here are a few things that you should know before you set off on your Sri Lanka trip:

  • There are about 80 species of Whales recorded in all the oceans of the world and 26 of them have been found near the waters of Sri Lanka. Guess you cannot have a better option than to visit the island if you want your kids to watch these gigantic cetaceans.

  • The Sri Lankan waters are popular for observing some rare species like the Blue Whale, the Humpback Whale, Killer Whale, 3 different varieties of the Sperm Whale, the Melon-Headed Whale, the Southern Bottlenose Whale, the False Killer Whale and more.

  • You can watch whales all around the island, off the East Coast (Trincomalee), the Southern Coast (Mirissa or Dondra Point) and the West Coast (Kalpitiya). Many reputed tour agencies offer family tour packages in Sri Lanka that include whale-watching trips in these areas.

  • While most of the big sea mammals are temporary guests in the Sri Lankan waters, some of them are permanent residents of the ocean. Others can be seen when migrating from the Arabian sea to the Bay of Bengal.

  • Most whale-watching expeditions take place in the early hours of the day. You have to stay prepared and lodged in one of the hotels near the spot. It is better to not drink alcohol the night before so that you can have a seamless experience.

  • If you are planning to visit Triconmalee for whale watching, it is best to book a tour between the months of June and October. If you are lucky, you can catch a glimpse of Blue Whales some 6-8 nautical miles off the coast. But, if you are targeting the Southern coast, it is best to plan your trip for the period of December-April.

  • The Blue Whales can be really loud. Their calls exceed 140 decibels and, they can be heard from miles.

Children love such adventures, don’t you think? Contact a local tour agency beforehand to make sure your Sri Lanka holidays with kids turns out to be a fulfilling experience. Let your kids remember the day they saw or heard the Blue Whale-The crownless King of the seas. There are so many mysteries around the aquatic life. Very few people are lucky enough to unveil these mysteries of the oceans. Be one of them and give your children the experience of a lifetime.

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