Mirissa, situated just 20 minutes away from Weligama, is the most reliable place to watch Whale and Dolphins with an encounter rate as high as 100%.
Mirissa’s reputation as the best place for Blues has been growing since early 2000 and its ascendancy to the Global Hotspot for Blue Whales was confirmed when British Marine Biologist, Charles Anderson presented a theory that there was a migration path of whales between the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, which bring them near the shores of Sri Lanka during their journey to and fro.
As the continental shelf is at its narrowest around Sri Lanka to the South of Dondra Head, depths of one kilometer and deeper are found relatively close to the South of Dondra head, allowing the visitors to the area observe a large number of whale species within a smaller ocean space.
It is one of the few places in the world where one can observe Blue Whales swimming next to pods of Sperm Whales, Short-finned Pilot Whales, Killer Whales, Fin Whales, Melon-headed Whales with Spinner Dolphins and Bottlenose Dolphins.
While Melon-headed Whales, Spinner and Bottlenose Dolphins can be seen quite close to the shore in relatively shallow waters, others tend to inhabit deeper waters and a six-hour cruise along the Southwest Coast of Sri Lanka will take you to the heartland of marine mammals, frolicking among the unfurling waves of Indian Ocean, especially during the high seasons of April to November.