Sri Lanka is a popular destination to observe whales and dolphins. Dondra Point, located in southern Sri Lanka, is the main whale watching port in Sri Lanka from December to April. December, January, and April are the most significant months of these months.
During these months, there is a 95% chance of seeing sperm whales and large blue whale species, their flyway being close to Dondra Point. In addition, there is a good chance to see Spinner Dolphins also next to Dondra. Mirissa is the closest point to Dondra Point with good accommodation options.
A wide range of national parks, nature reserves, and safari camps have been established throughout Sri Lanka, large areas of very diverse terrain ranging from Willpattu National Park in the North of the country Yala National Park in the south with plenty of others between. The best thing is there are safaris that you can select based on what you need to experience.
Yala national park is most famous and second largest wildlife park in Sri Lanka, where you can explore the jungle and witness some of the most beautiful animals like Sri Lankan Elephant Leopard, Sloth Bear, and Wild Water Buffalo during the 4-5 hour safari. The ideal hours to watch leopards in Yala are early in the morning from 6 am to 8 am and at the end of the day between 4 am and 6 am, usually in the sun on the rocks.
Udawalawe is the sixth largest wildlife sanctuary of Sri Lanka, where you can see large herds of elephants strolling around carefree in the park area during your 4-5 hour jeep safari. Water Buffalo, Wildboar, Spotted Deer, Sambur Deer, Jackal, Samber, Black-naped Hare, mongooses, bandicoots, foxes, the endemic Toque Macaque can be also seen during the safari in Udawalawe.
Minneriya jeep safari is one of the most popular activity among travelers where they can watch large herds of Sri Lankan elephants gather on the edges of the dry season. The 3-hour jeep safari is a valuable opportunity to observe unique and amazing wildlife in their natural habitats. May to October is the best period to visit Minneriya National Park. Wilpattu jeep safari offers you the Leopard, Elephant, Sloth bear, Deer, endemic birds can be sighted easily during a half day safari. Wilpattu National Park guiding animal safaris, visitors are always safe, even in the heart of the wilderness.
Sri Lanka is a renowned surf destination for all levels of experience. There are waves to learn to stand on a surfboard and there are tubes on shallow waters with sea urchins that make the wave even more exciting – the surfers know what it really means! Sri Lanka is year-round and stands out as one of the most reliable surf destinations in the Indian Ocean.
Since the early 60’s this tiny magical island attracts surfers from all over the world. The best surf spots in Sri Lanka are located on the south and east coasts, Hikkaduwa and Arugam Bay are the most frequent, but there are many “hidden spots” like Unawatuna, Ahangama, Weligama, Mirissa or Okanda where you can always find uncomplicated surf.
Although there is are two surf seasons, November-April in down south and May-October in the east coast, you can find a good session outside the seasons if you follow up with the locals.
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