Lakpura Travels (Pvt) Ltd
Whale Watching Tour in Kalpitiya
• Available November to March (subject to weather).
• Naturalist available on first come first serve basis.
• Private group excursions can be arranged.
• Up to 6 Guests in one boat.
• All safety gear as required will be provide.
Several types of whales regularly visit the waters off the Kalpitiya coastline. The continental shelf comes in close to Alankuda Beach and due to this traveling far out in the open seas is not necessary.
The largest of the whales can be seen surfacing from time to time particularly when they come inshore to feed just 3.5 km from the shoreline between Norochcholai and Talawila, which is located directly in front of our resort. These include the Bryde’s whale, Eden’s whale and the largest mammal in the world, the blue whale that can grow up to 28 m long.
Further afield in deep blue water and mostly about 4-5 nm from shore additional species of toothed whales and oceanic dolphins are likely to be seen. These include the sperm whale, dwarf and pygmy sperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, Fraser’s dolphins, spotted dolphins and striped dolphins.
The sight of some of these enigmatic cetaceans is both breath taking and spellbinding and offers a truly humbling experience. A permit issued by the Department of Wildlife Conservation is required for every individual going out on marine mammal watching excursions. You may wish to enhance your sea excursion expedition with a marine mammal naturalist onboard.