Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the World for Whale Watching. There is almost a guarantee that you will see Whales as the sighting percentage stands above 90%. The most common Whale in the Indian Ocean is the Blue Whale which is the largest surviving Mammal on Earth. Sperm Whale, Fin Whale, Bryde`s Whale, and falls killer Whales too are often spotted in the Srilankan waters. Apart from Whales, Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, flying fish, and turtles are spotted in the Srilankan waters.
Mirissa in the southwest, Trincomalee in the northeast, and Kalpitiya on the northwest coast are the three main whale and dolphin-watching areas in Sri Lanka.
The best time to visit is between November and April when the sea is calm in the South and between July and October in the North The movement of the Whales is closely monitored by the Wildlife conservation department and the coast Guard. The boats are geared up with health and safety equipment and there is a very helpful crew on board. Depending on the sightings you spend three to five hours exploring the Indian Ocean.
Whale watching in Mirissa
Mirissa is the best and the most popular port to go whale watching in Sri Lanka..The best time to spot whales here is from November to April as the ocean is calm, and whales are migrating from the southern to the northern hemispheres. The geographic location makes it ideal for whale watching as this is where the continental shelf is at its narrowest, with ocean depths reaching 1km a few kilometers offshore.
Whale watching in Trincomalee
Trincomalee has one of the largest natural harbors in this region and sandy, golden, and isolated beaches. Whale watching here is a lot quieter than in Mirissa. You do not see a lot of boats here allowing you to Whale watch leisurely. All the Whales found in Mirissa are seen in Trincomalee, but the percentage of success is not as high as in Mirissa
Whale watching in Kalpitiya
The least popular place is Kalpitiya. You often see a lot of Dolphins here, but the sightings of Whales are not great. But this is a very unique experience there will be very few boats in Sea. All the species of Whales seen in Mirissa are present in Kalpitiya, but they are in
small numbers. The best time for Whale watching in Kalpitiya is from November to December and March till April.
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Srilanka known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean is blessed with very good Weather. Being a Tropical Country, makes it conducive for traveling all year round. Therefore, it does not matter too much, when you come to visit Srilanka. But there are some minor points that you may wish to know before booking your Holiday.
Though Sri Lanka is a small country, the Weather varies a lot. Within a drive of three hours, the Temperature could go from 30 degrees to 10 degrees, from nice and Sunny to rainy and misty. This mystical nature`s wander makes Sri Lanka a unique destination. No matter what time of the Year you come, the Sun is guaranteed.
January – April
This is a good time to visit Srilanka as there is very little rain around, during this time. This is the best time to see Whales. Swimming in the Sea is possible in the South and West Coasts. This is a good time for water sports such as surfing and snorkeling. January is a bit cooler by Srilankan standards and April is tilted towards the hot season. The Country goes to the Holiday mood after the 13th of April because of the Sinhala New Year. April is the best time for Kitesurfing in Srilanka which is becoming more and more popular every Season.
May – June
This is the time that the South- West Monsoon kicks in. There is some rain around and the humidity climbs up as well. This is not the Ideal time for a beach Holiday in SriLanka, but it is a good time to travel around the country sightseeing. The sites will be unique over this time with very few tourists around. Most of the sites will be for your selves to explore compared to lining up to visit sites during the busy Season.
July – September
This is the time for family Holidays. Lots of families are seen in July/ August. Though there is little rain around, this is a good time to visit SriLanka. The Elephant gathering in Minneriya
National park happens during this time of the Year where you get to see hundreds of Elephants with babies. The Perehera in Kandy [Procession] takes places in July/ August to pay homage to the Tooth relic of Buddha which is a unique highlight.
October – November
This is the time of the North- East monsoon. But this does not mean it would rain all day. The North East monsoon is not very heavy and usually, it rains in the late afternoon. This is a fairly quiet time in Srilanka. You can swim in the Sea in the North and East during this time of the Year. .
This is the best time to visit Sri Lanka as far as the Weather is concerned. This is the coolest month in Srilanka which would be the ideal temperature for you. The temperature will be around 25 Degrees. This is the busiest time of the year for sure and a lot of families visit SriLanka during this time of the Year.
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Sri Lanka is considered a Vegetarians paradise with so many options on offer. We have over 30 different types of vegetables in this Country that a widely available and on offer at most restaurants. You can pick and choose what you like. Being an Island Nation we are never short of Seafood and you can try a variety of fish, Prawns, Crab, Octopus, Calamari etc
1) Srilankan Kottu
Kotthu is the iconic street food in SriLanka. This is available in every town. You can try Vegetable, Fish, Meet and Egg Kotthu. In touristy towns you can have cheese and many variations which are not traditional, but an introduced version for tourists. The base of this dish is Roti , Nan bread or parata. The chopped up Roti is grilled with vegetables and spices. You can then add what you like to it to suit your taste. The chopping of the Roti is done on a metal plate with a metal blade which makes a sound, sometimes rhythmic, especially if the cook is experienced.
2) Fish Ambul Thiyal
This is a signature dish of Srilanka which is unique to us. This has derived from a traditional method of preserving food with Tamarind, Lime and other citrus spices. This is usually eaten with rice and has distinctive sharp taste The dish a very popular in the Southern region of Srilanka.
3) Milk Rice
Milk rice is usually served at Breakfast. This is rice cooked in coconut milk. The rice is sticky and is very creamy. The Srilankans eat it with a spicy salad, but you can have it with Banana if you wish. It is served in blocks and is very filling.
4) Pol Sambol
It is made with grated coconut, onions, and chillies. The colour of the dish indicates the level of spices being used. If it is dark red, brown or orange, it is on the spicy side and if it is yellow or cream colour it would be mild. This is a side dish and you need to eat it with rice or bread.
After Kotthu, this is the most popular street food in Srilanka. The base of Hoppers is Rice flour, Coconut milk and yeast. You can have an egg in it if you like. This is often eaten with a spicy salad made with chillies, onion, lime and salt.
6) Sri Lankan Dhal Curry
Dhal curry is also called the lentils curry. This is most common dish in Srilanka. Lentils are cooked in coconut milk. A mixture of spices called the curry powder is added to the curry to make it spicy. This is a side dish and you can eat it with rice, bread or roti. The taste of Dhal curry varies from region to region
7) Sri Lankan Chicken Curry
This is the most popular meat dish in Srilanka. The chicken is on board to add more flavour to the curry. The coconut milk and spices in the curry make it a very special Srilankan dish. This is often eaten with rice. If the curry is red or brown it is on the spicy side.
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Sri Lanka is a country with many festivals. Most of them are Buddhist festivals where the Srilankan traditions are well exposed. Hindu, Muslim and Christian festivals too are celebrated in Srilanka, showcasing the ethnic unity and the harmony of the people. All the festivals are public Holidays in Sri Lanka and this allows the people to celebrate these festivals in style. Srilanka has over 30 public Holidays and most of them are to, celebrate the Festivals. Out of the many festivals we have, we have picked the top five and listed them below.
Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations
This is by far the most popular festival celebrated in Sri Lanka. The traditional Srilankan New Year arrives on the 14th of April at the given auspicious time by the Astrologist which varies every year. All the traditional food and sweets made over the New Year is a key feature in the celebrations. Every one join in the traditional Srilankan games making it a fun event. This is the family time for Srilankans and most families get together leaving big cities like Colombo deserted. The instrumental factor of the celebrations is the pre-determined auspicious times for activities such as the first meal, first bath, first day to work or school etc of the New Year prolonging the celebrations for about a week.
This is called the festival of light or the festival of enlightenment. This falls on the full moon day of the month of May to commemorate the Birth, Enlightenment and passing away of Buddha. The whole Country will be illuminated with colourful pandalls and lanterns. People travel around for days sightseeing enjoying the so much varied art work. The temples get very busy with people dressed in white offering flowers and lighting oil lamps.
This is a Hindu festival that is held in July /August. The event exhibits Hinduism’s rich cultural and religious legacy. The celebrations mainly take place in Colombo where pilgrims gather for the procession. You hear the sound of drums from a distance, smell the burning incense, chants, and colourful dances in their vibrant costumes parading the streets of Colombo. The celebrations honour the defeat of bad forces and evil . The Vel festival is dedicated to God Skandha, The God of victory.
Kandy Esala Perahera
This is by far the most popular event for Tourists. This procession is claimed to be the largest unpaid procession in Asia. There are colourful dances , over 50 Elephants , Drummers and temple officials walking in the procession that will fill the streets of Kandy in the central hills of Srilanka. There are self-mortification activities such as walking of fire, hanging on hooks etc. This festival is held to pay homage to the Tooth relic of Buddha that starts ten days before the full moon day of August and finishes on the full moon day.
This festival is been held to celebrate the marriage of Lord Shiva to Parvati and is an important for Hindus. . This festival takes place in March and there are many traditions that are followed by the devotees during the festival People come to temples in bright and vibrant dress for the event. This festival is mainly focused on the spiritual attributes. Above are a few of many festivals SriLankans celebrate. Within your holiday of two weeks, there is every chance that you could experience a festival as we have that many.
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Sri Lanka is well known for its cultural heritage. The most popular region among tourists is the cultural triangle. Within two days you can visit the most popular cultural sites in Sri Lanka. Having a long written history that dates back to the 3rd Century BC has been instrumental in developing the Tourism industry in SriLanka
Sri Lanka has eight UNESCO World heritage sites. Having this many sites, in a small country is great. The most visited ancient city is Polonnaruwa, The Rock fortress of Sigiriya is claimed to be the 8th Wander of the World. Anuradhapura is the most impressive ancient city with massive relic Temples. Dambulla is the largest painted cave temple in the World. Kandy was the last indigenous Capital of the Country and it still remains the cultural hub.
The sacred city of Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura the longest-lived Capital in the World from the 5th Century BC till the 10th Century AD is known for its impressive relic temples. The tallest temple at Anuradhapura was the third tallest monument in the World at that time.The sacred Bodhi tree is the oldest tree in the World with a recorded history that dates back to the 3rd Century BC.Ruwanweliseya is the best-preserved relic temple in the country with a white Cristal on the top of the pinnacle that reflects the sunlight onto the devotees. The Samadhi Buddha statue, The twin ponds, Brazen Palace & Isurumuniya are the other highlights in Anurathepura
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa
The medieval Capital of SriLanka was flourishing from the 10th to the 12th Century AD. The monuments here are in better shape and well preserved as they are younger than the ruins in Anuradhapura. Most of the monuments are close to each other which makes it easier to explore. The ancient city is close to the largest ancient man-made reservoir called Parakrama Samudraya. The highlight of Polonnaruwa is the Rock temple or Gal Viharaya. There are four statues of Buddha carved out of a single piece of granite rock.
The golden temple of Dambulla
The Golden Rock temple was built in the 1st Century BC by a King who was driven away by the South Indians from the ancient Capital. The King lived in these caves for nearly two decades. He converted all five caves into temples. The paintings on the walls and the sealing are amazing. Natural colors have been used to paint the caves
The ancient city of Sigiriya
The Rock fortress of Sigiriya was the Capital of Srilanka in the 5th Century BC for nearly two decades. The 600 feet rock was converted into a fortress with moats with Crocodiles & sinking mud, Stone catapults, and many other obstructers. The views from the top are breathtaking and you get to see the outer rim of the once active volcano. Sigiriya was the inner core of the volcano. This is easily the most visited ancient monument in Srilanka and is a highlight for most people.
The sacred city of Kandy
The most visited city by Tourists is the cultural center of Sri Lanka. The lake in the heart of the city makes Kandy unique. The highlight of Kandy is the Temple of the tooth where the Tooth Relic of Buddha is housed. This is a very active temple with hundreds of pilgrims visiting it daily. The best time to visit the temple is during the ceremony. Another highlight in Kandy is the Royal Botanical Garden which is in an area of 67 hectares.
The Dutch fort in Galle
The Dutch are one of the few living World heritage sites. The fort was first built by the Portuguese. But later on, the Dutch re-furbished and expanded it. You can walk all the way around the fort seeing the highlights such as the Dutch church, National Museum, Dutch Hospital complex, lighthouse, flag rock, and the clock tower
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