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Whale watching kalpitiya

Whale watching in Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya is one of Sri Lanka’s top whale watching hotspots, perfect for breathtaking views of the enigmatic creatures. Getting to see the largest animal on earth up close and personal, is a once in a lifetime, awe-inspiring opportunity. Seeing whales in their natural habitat are something only a few of us can dream of, and Kalpitiya affords you this opportunity to view whales just a short distance from the island’s shore. Kalpitiya is popular for its presence of a variety of whales, including Sperm Whales and Blue Whales, and a visit here is imperative as it is a world class attraction of marine life.

What types of whales can I see in Kalpitiya?

Boat trips regularly take off Kalpitiya Peninsula to catch sights of a variety of whales. The most common whales to be found here are Sperm Whales, whilst the Blue Whale, Minke, Melon-Headed and Dwarf Sperm whales can also be spotted surfacing from time to time. Even Orcas have been sighted just outside Kandakuliya waters!

Sperm Whales: The most common whale spotted in Kalpitiya, the Sperm Whale is the largest toothed whale in the world, and the second largest of the whale species in general. They are often seen travelling in large groups, but this is an unusual occurrence for onlookers at Kalpitiya. The average size of mature male Sperm Whales is 16 meters, but some may reach over 20 meters, and its head makes up one-third of its length.

Blue Whales: Look out for Blue Whales – the largest animal in the world, and the heaviest too – on your whale watching expedition in Kalpitiya. Seeing these long, slender marvels, that are known to be up to 30 meters in length, swimming through the water is a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that will be remembered for years to come.

Minke whales: Minke whales, are not as large as the Sperm and Blue whales, but are just as exciting to see in Kalpitiya. They range from 7 – 10 meters in length and are black/grey/purple in color. They breathe three to five times at short intervals before deep diving for longer intervals.

Melon-Headed whale: Also known as the many-toothed blackfish and electra dolphin, the melon-headed whale is commonly found in tropical waters. Its body is shaped like a torpedo, with a head rounded similar to a melon, hence its name. This whale can grow up to 3 meters in length and is a fast swimmer.

Dwarf Sperm: This is the smallest of the whale species and can occasionally be seen at Kalpitiya. It can grow up to 2.7 meters in length, and makes slow, deliberate movements. It has a mainly bluish grey body with a large dorsal fin.

 

Source: https://www.dolphinbeach.lk/activities/whale-watching-in-sri-lanka/

 

bird-watching

Bird Watching in Negombo

Founded by the Moors and predominantly a Catholic territory, Negombo is a picturesque small town located to the north of Colombo in Sri Lanka. The town features a lush green natural surrounding and many swampy areas. Owing to this, you will get to see some exotic and rare birds in and around Negombo. Bird Watching in Negombo is one of the popular activities in Negombo.

The ecological balance is well-maintained in Negombo. The unperturbed natural atmosphere and the serene environment add more to the effect. All these factors together combine to create a wonderful and suitable habitat for a whole range of rare species of birds. Bird Watching in Negombo states that there are varieties of innumerable local birds as well as migrated birds from the colder regions.

The wetland areas and the marshlands where you will see the mangroves are the home grounds of a large number of native bird species. Bird Watching in Negombo lets you know that some of the hotels and resorts arrange for exquisite bird watching by boat along the river side. You will notice a considerable number of bright and colorful, rare and unknown birds inhabiting the area. In some cases, an interpreter is provided in order to assist you, and, to know more and better about the natural life of Negombo.

Bird Watching in Negombo tells you that the Muthurajawela Marsh in Negombo is the perfect place for bird watching. It is an exclusive tropical wetland. Some of the interesting bird species include oreal and kingfisher. Other major birds comprise of Purple Heron, Egrets, Moorhen, Purple Coot, Caucal, Grebe and Shikra. Other rare species feature Brahming Kite and Serpent Eagle. You will be surely enthralled by the captivating beauty of some of the birds. Sailing along the river or just relaxing on the boat amidst a cool and calm nature accompanied only by the melodious note of the screeching of the birds, is an experience in itself !

 

Source: http://www.negombo-srilankahotels.com/travel-guides/Negombo_Activities/Bird_Watching_in_Negombo.htm

Wilpattu

Wilpattu national park

Wilpattu is situated in the northwest of the island, close to Puttalam, Kalpitiya and Anuradhapura. It is one of Sri Lanka’s largest and oldest parks and arguably one of the most spectacular. Dense scrub jungle and dry zone forest opens onto villus, small lakes, surrounded by grassy plains. The park also borders the coast where you can see the remains of Queen Kuweni’s palace, which is thought to date from ancient times.

The real advantage of doing safaris here is that it is not commercial like Yala, and therefore there will be times when there are only a handful of other jeeps in the park. You may not even see anyone else on your trip, which really adds to the authenticity of the experience.

The highlights of a Wilpattu safari are seeing leopards and sloth bears. However, there is also a wealth of other wildlife to spot including: Asian elephants, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar, wild boar, Asiatic buffalo and mugger crocodiles.  Endemic birds include the Ceylon junglefowl, brown-capped babbler, Ceylon woodshrike and black-capped bulbul in riverine habitats. Butterflies recorded include the great eggfly, great orange tip, glad-eye bushbrown, blue mormon, common mormon, common rose and crimson rose.

February to August is the best time to visit when the weather is good and the skies are clear. June/July is bear season because pallu and weera trees are in fruit and these are a sloth bear’s favorite snack.

Source reading:  http://www.srilankainstyle.com/locations/wilpattu-national-park/

Yala

Yala National Park

Ruhuna National park or more affectionately known as Yala, has been the most celebrated wildlife park in Sri Lanka for over a century. It is located in a tract of land covering approximately 1260 km2, between Kumbukkan River & Menik River, and shares its borders with Yala strict nature reserve, Kumana, Kataragama, Katagamuwa and Nimalawa sanctuaries.

Yala is an ideal place to spot the “big four” of Sri Lankan wildlife, the elephants, the sloth bear, the illusive leopard and the wild buffalo, the unsung denizen of the park, if nothing else dangerous to the extreme. The roaming elephant herds can be easily seen during dry spells at the small scale reservoirs like Butuwe (derived from the word “Wana Butewa”) and Mahaseelawa while Uraniya is best known for its aquatic avifauna, wild buffalo, mugger or mash crocodile & salt water crocodiles. The black sloth bear is more difficult to spot as it’s more of a solitary animal of nocturnal habits and sightings tend to be a seasonal occurrence.

The climate is semi-arid and dry with scrub jungle unique to this area along with rocky outcrops like kotigala, Jamburagala & Patalungala (Pattangala) strewn about the park, while several fresh and brackish water lagoons dot the park. The ideal time to explore this vast nature reserve would be during the break of dawn and the fall of dusk.

Source reading:  http://www.yalasafariholidays.com/visiting_yala_national_park.html