From the small town Mirissa on the South coast of Sri Lanka, we sail out in the early morning light to watch dolphins and whales in their natural environment. Sri Lanka is home to the world’s largest population of blue whales, the largest ever living animal on our planet. But also killer whales, humpback whales, minke whales, sperm whales and fin whales can be watched in the Indian ocean, near to the srilankan coast line. Bottle-nose dolphins, spinner dolphins and sea turtles are also among the interesting animals we can watch on these Dolphin & Whale Watching trips.
About the Whale Watching companyThe company we use has a high security among the passengers. Life jackets for every size and age are supplied. Crew is well educated with life saving certification as well as knowledge of the marine wild life. The personal space of the whales is respected. Breakfast and bottled water are included in the price. Comfortable seats and western toilet facilities. Arrival at the harbour at 6:30 AM. Departure time 7:00 AM, daily from September to May. The voyage duration is approximately 3-5 hours. Sea sick pills are provided as the Indian ocean can be pretty rough.
The Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe is the foster home of young elephants of different age and size.
These great animals have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness.
We see them being fed, but from a distance that will allow the young elephants not to be to used to human beings.
As the elephants when they are ready, will be released into the wildernes of Udawalawe National Park.
Unfortunately humans are the elephants worst enemy, and it is therefore in the best interest of the elephant babies that only their care givers come to close.
We at Fernando Tours really appreciate that the care of the elephants comes before care of the tourists.
Please note that there is a small entrance fee to The Elephant Transit Home.
Pigeon Island is one of Sri Lanka’s two marine national parks.
The reef here is shallow, making snorkeling almost as satisfying as diving. It is home to dozens of corals, hundreds of reef fish incl. blacktip reef sharks and turtles.
To make the most out of Your trip to Pigeon Island, bring fins and mask for snorkeling. Snorkeling gear can also be hired from the boat.
Please note there is an entrance fee and tickets for boat hire.
Sri Lanka is home to 5 out of 7 sea turtle species in the world. All species are threatened with extinction, and sea turtle hatcheries along the coast are doing a great job to keep the population growing.
In the Sea Turtle Hatchery we can see the baby turtles, as they are kept safe until they they are big enough to be set free in the ocean.
Sometimes if we are lucky, we can watch the baby turtles hatching from their eggs.
Please note there is a small entrance fee.
Horton Plains, the only National Park in Sri Lanka where you are allowed to walk around.
Normally we start the hike in the early morning with breakfast packages.
At World’s End you can sit down and have your breakfast to the amazing view of the mountains.
Horton Plains is home to a small population of leopards but unfortunately they are rarely seen.
Tip! Wear your clothes in layers as it can be very cold in the early morning hours and become very hot when the sun comes out.
As the roads are in a very bad condition, we have to hire a jeep or a van to get to the Horton Plains National Park.
Please note there is an entrance fee to Horton Plains.
Yala National Park also called Ruhunu National Park, on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, is one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco tourism destinations.
With tropical thorn forest and lagoons it is possible to spot wild elephants, sloth bears, water buffaloes, wild boars, monkeys, flamingos and if we are lucky we can see leopards too.
Yala National Park has the largest population of leopards in Sri Lanka.
A jeep safari is the only way to enter this national park.
The jeep safari begins either in the early morning before sun rise, or in the afternoon where the animals comes out of the bushes due to the falling temperature.
Best time to visit: Nov-Jul
Nearest town is Tissamaharama
Please note there is an entrance fee, and expenses for jeep hire.