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Whale Watching Mirissa

Whale Watching Mirissa

Mirissa is located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, approximately 64 kilometers south of Hikkaduwa. Mirissa Harbor serves as the departure point for most whale watching tours.

Best Time for Whale Watching: The peak season for whale watching in Mirissa is from November to April when the seas are calm and the chances of spotting whales are higher. However, whale sightings are possible throughout the year.

Whale Species: Mirissa is known for sightings of several whale species, including:

  • Blue Whales: The largest animal on Earth, known for their impressive size and distinctive blue-gray coloration.
  • Sperm Whales: Known for their large heads and deep diving behavior, Sperm Whales are commonly sighted off the coast of Mirissa.
  • Other Species: Occasionally, visitors may also spot other whale species such as Bryde’s Whales, Fin Whales, and even Orca whales.

Duration of Tours: Whale watching tours typically last around 3 to 4 hours, although the duration may vary depending on weather conditions and whale sightings.

Boat Types: Specialized whale watching boats equipped with comfortable seating, safety equipment, and knowledgeable guides are used for whale watching tours from Mirissa Harbor. These boats are designed to provide passengers with a safe and enjoyable experience while observing whales in their natural habitat.

Guided Tours: Visitors are accompanied by experienced guides and crew members who are familiar with the local marine environment and know the best spots for whale sightings. Guides provide valuable insights into the behavior and biology of the whales encountered during the tour.

Safety Measures: Safety is paramount during whale watching tours, and passengers are provided with life jackets and safety briefings before boarding the boats. The crew follows strict guidelines to ensure the well-being of both passengers and marine wildlife.

Environmental Conservation: Responsible whale watching practices are promoted to minimize disturbance to the whales and their habitat. Tour operators adhere to guidelines to ensure that whale watching activities have minimal impact on the marine ecosystem.

Departure Time: 5:30 AM

Departure from Weleges Place Hotel, Hikkaduwa

  • Guests gather at the hotel’s designated meeting point.
  • Check-in and brief orientation by the tour guide.

Travel to Mirissa (Approx. 1.5 – 2 hours)

  • Board the comfortable tour vehicle.
  • Enjoy the scenic coastal drive along the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

Arrival in Mirissa Harbor (Around 7:00 AM)

  • Arrive at Mirissa Harbor and board the whale watching boat promptly.

Whale Watching Expedition

  • Embark on the whale watching adventure in the deep waters off the coast of Mirissa.
  • Experienced crew members guide the boat to prime whale sighting spots.
  • Guests have the opportunity for photography and observation.

Light Breakfast on board

  • Enjoy a light breakfast served on board while searching for whales.

Return to Mirissa Harbor (Around 11:30 AM)

  • Conclude the whale watching expedition and return to Mirissa Harbor.

Departure from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa (Around 12:30 AM)

  • Board the tour vehicle for the return journey to Hikkaduwa.

Arrival at Weleges Place Hotel (Approx. 1:30 PM)

  • Arrive back at Weleges Place Hotel, concluding the morning half-day whale watching tour.

Madu River Safari And Turtle Hatchery

Starting Point: Weleges Place

1. Madu River Safari:

  • Reach to Balapitiya
  • Begin your tour with the Madu River Safari. Explore the mangroves, visit small islands, and witness the vibrant biodiversity of the Madu River estuary. Don’t forget to visit the famous Cinnamon Island during the safari.

2. Island Activities:

  • Engage in island activities on the Madu River, such as a visit to a fish spa, exploring a traditional cinnamon plantation, and enjoying a refreshing king coconut drink.

3. Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery:

  • Proceed to Kosgoda to visit the Turtle Hatchery. Learn about the conservation efforts to protect sea turtles, witness the various stages of turtle development, and even have the opportunity to release baby turtles into the sea.

4. Mask Museum Ambalangoda:

  • Continue your journey to Ambalangoda to visit the Mask Museum. Discover the traditional art of mask carving and learn about the cultural and ritualistic uses of these masks in Sri Lankan folklore and festivals.

5. Moonstone Mines:

  • Head towards Meetiyagoda to explore the Moonstone Mines. Learn about the mining process and the cultural significance of moonstones in Sri Lanka. You can purchase some unique moonstone jewelry as a souvenir.

6. Tsunami Museum:

  • Conclude your tour with a visit to the Tsunami Museum in Paraliya. Gain insights into the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and its impact on the coastal communities. The museum is a tribute to the resilience and recovery of the people.

End of Tour

Important Tips:

  • Ensure you have a comfortable vehicle arranged for the tour.
  • Carry water, sunscreen, and insect repellent for your comfort.
  • Check the operating hours of each attraction to plan your timings accordingly.
  • Respect local customs and traditions during your visits.
Galle City Tour

Galle City Tour

Embark on a captivating Galle City Day Tour starting from Weleges Place in Hikkaduwa, immersing yourself in the rich history and charm of this ancient city. Explore the iconic Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wander through its cobblestone streets lined with Dutch colonial buildings. Visit the historic Galle lighthouse, take in panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, and meander through the local markets brimming with exotic spices and handicrafts. Indulge in delectable local cuisine at quaint cafes or simply bask in the laid-back coastal vibes that define this enchanting destination. With its blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, a day trip to Galle promises an unforgettable travel experience.

If you Start the tour at Evening

  1. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Travel to Galle Begin your journey from Weleges Place Hotel to Galle. The travel time is approximately 30 minutes.

Galle Fort Exploration:

  • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Explore Galle Fort
    • Walk along the historic Galle Fort walls.
    • Visit the Dutch Reformed Church.
    • Stroll through the narrow streets with charming cafes and shops.
    • Explore the Maritime Archaeology Museum.

Late Afternoon Break:

  1. 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Refreshment Break Enjoy a refreshing drink or snack at a local cafe within Galle Fort.

Galle Lighthouse and Sunset:

  1. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Galle Lighthouse and Sunset at Flag Rock
    • Visit the iconic Galle Lighthouse.
    • Head to Flag Rock for a picturesque view of the sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Evening Stroll and Dinner:

  1. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Leisurely Stroll and Dinner
    • Take a leisurely walk around Galle Fort.
    • Explore the Old Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex.
    • Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant within Galle Fort.

Return to Hikkaduwa:

  1. 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Travel back to Weleges Place Hotel Depart from Galle and return to the hotel.

This half-day evening tour allows you to experience the charm of Galle Fort, witness a beautiful sunset, and enjoy the evening ambiance within the historic surroundings. Adjust the timing based on your preferences and opening hours of attractions and restaurants. Enjoy your evening in Galle!

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