Dolphin & Whale Watching

Whale Watching Sri Lanka
Whale Watching Sri Lanka

Whale Watching Sri Lanka

From the small town Mirissa on the South coast of Sri Lanka, we sail out in the early morning light to watch dolphins and whales in their natural environment.
Sri Lanka is home to the world’s largest population of blue whales, the largest ever living animal on our planet.
But also killer whales, humpback whales, minke whales, sperm whales and fin whales can be watched in the Indian ocean, near to the srilankan coast line.
Bottle-nose dolphins, spinner dolphins and sea turtles are also among the interesting animals we can watch on these Dolphin & Whale Watching trips.

 

About the Whale Watching company

The company we use has a high security among the passengers. Life jackets for every size and age are supplied.
Crew is well educated with life saving certification as well as knowledge of the marine wild life.
The personal space of the whales is respected.

Breakfast and bottled water are included in the price. Comfortable seats and western toilet facilities.
Arrival at the harbour at 6:30 AM. Departure time 7:00 AM, daily from September to May.
The voyage duration is approximately 3-5 hours.
Sea sick pills are provided as the Indian ocean can be pretty rough.

 

Unawatuna

Unawatuna Sri Lanka
Unawatuna Sri Lanka

Unawatuna Sri Lanka

Unawatuna is known for the fine sandy beaches, and is a beloved town for beach holidays.
In Unawatuna You can visit the Buddha temple, located on top of a cliff with a spectacular view.

The Elephant Transit Home

The Elephant Transit Home Sri Lanka
The Elephant Transit Home Sri Lanka

The Elephant Transit Home Sri Lanka

The Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe is the foster home of young elephants of different age and size.
These great animals have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness.
We see them being fed, but from a distance that will allow the young elephants not to be to used to human beings.
As the elephants when they are ready, will be released into the wildernes of Udawalawe National Park.

Unfortunately humans are the elephants worst enemy, and it is therefore in the best interest of the elephant babies that only their care givers come to close.
We at Fernando Tours really appreciate that the care of the elephants comes before care of the tourists.
Please note that there is a small entrance fee to The Elephant Transit Home.

Watch the touching BBC documentary

Watch the touching BBC documentary the about the orphaned baby elephants, filmed in The Elephant Transit Home next to Udawalawe National Park.
The Elephant Transit Home is also open for visitors, and you can still watch the little star, baby elephant Namal, from the documentary.

Elephant Island – BBC Documentary about the life of elephants in Udawalawe National Park

Sri Lanka, the tropical island lying off the southern coast of India, is home to its own special elephants.
A sub species of the Asian elephant, they have their own unique characteristics.
In this programme, award winning wildlife cameraman Martyn Colbeck of Echo of the Elephants fame travels to Sri Lanka to try and get to know them.

Martyn has planned his arrival to coincide with the start of the monsoon, hoping it will be the best time to find and follow a new born calf.
By drawing on local knowledge, Martyn begins to unravel the complex social world of Sri Lanka’s elephants
– he witnesses a fight over a calf, a battle between two bulls in musk and, at an elephant sanctuary,
befriends an orphaned elephant who sadly lost a leg to a snare and is facing an uncertain future.

Credits
Presenter Martyn Colbeck
Producer Mike Birkhead
Director Mike Birkhead
Executive Producer Chris Cole
Series Producer Roger Webb

Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island National Park Sri Lanka
Pigeon Island National Park Sri Lanka

Pigeon Island National Park Sri Lanka

Pigeon Island is one of Sri Lanka’s two marine national parks.

The reef here is shallow, making snorkeling almost as satisfying as diving. It is home to dozens of corals, hundreds of reef fish incl. blacktip reef sharks and turtles.

To make the most out of Your trip to Pigeon Island, bring fins and mask for snorkeling. Snorkeling gear can also be hired from the boat.

Please note there is an entrance fee and tickets for boat hire.

Trincomalee

Trincomalee
Trincomalee

Trincomalee Sri Lanka

Trincomalee is home to the fine beaches of Nilaveli, Uppuveli and the off-shore Pigeon Island.

In Trincomalee (Trinco) You can visit the colorful hindu temple Koneswaram, located on top of a cliff with a spectacular view. The Koneswaram Temple can be visited free of charge.

Recently Trincomalee has become popular as a Whale Watching destination as well.

Negombo

Negombo
Negombo

Negombo Sri Lanka

The beach town Negombo is located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, very close to Colombo Airport, and therefore it is often the first and the last town tourists stays in when they visit Sri Lanka.

Negombo has long wide sandy beaches and lots of hotels, restaurants and shops along the main road. The town is known for the fish market and the many fisher boats.

Two times a week there is a market, where you can buy everything from vegetables to clothes and kitchen knifes.

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers. Its beauty was also used as a backdrop to filmed scenes for the Duran Duran music video Save a Prayer in 1982. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Near the ancient city, there is a small town with several hotels (especially for tourists) and some glossy shops, and places to fulfill day-to-day needs. There are government institutions in a newly built area called “new town,” about 6 km away from the town and the main road. The largest school in the district, Polonnaruwa Royal Central College is situated at new town.

Polonnaruwa is the second largest city in North Central Province, but it is known as one of the cleanest and more beautiful cities in the country. The green environment, amazing ancient constructions, Parakrama Samudra (a huge lake built in 1200), and attractive tourist hotels and hospitable people, attract tourists.

Another draw for tourists is the city’s population of toque macaques. The monkeys have been living in the ruins since human occupation and continue to thrive here long after the humans left.

Sea Turtle Hatchery

Places to see in Sri Lanka Turtle Hatchery
Places to see in Sri Lanka Turtle Hatchery

Turtle Hatchery in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is home to 5 out of 7 sea turtle species in the world. All species are threatened with extinction, and sea turtle hatcheries along the coast are doing a great job to keep the population growing.
In the Sea Turtle Hatchery we can see the baby turtles, as they are kept safe until they they are big enough to be set free in the ocean.

Sometimes if we are lucky, we can watch the baby turtles hatching from their eggs.

Please note there is a small entrance fee.

Ella

Places to see in Sri Lanka Ella Gap
Places to see in Sri Lanka Ella Gap

Ella Gap Sri Lanka

Ella is a beautiful little village situated in the mountains of Sri Lanka.
Let your soul rest while you watch the amazing view of Ella Gap.
Climb the small mountain, Little Adams Peak, even small children can follow and the view is amazing.

Take a walk on the railway tracks or go a little outside town to meet the wild monkeys.

The village is also home to restaurants and cosy cafés with free wifi..

Adams Peak – (Sri Pada)

Adams Peak - Places to see in Sri Lanka
Places to see in Sri Lanka Adams Peak

Adams Peak Sri Lanka

If you are in a good shape you can climb the 5.200 steps to the top of Adams Peak.
The place is known to be where Adam’s first sets foot on earth after being cast out of heaven.

There are two tracks on the mountain leading to the Foot print af Adam, one called the Baba track & the other the Mama track, meaning Adam & Eve. The Mama track is easy and is the route by which the pilgrims return, but anyone who goes by that way is not considered to have made the pilgrimage at all. The Baba track is difficult & stiff climbing.

Fernando Tours recommends only the Mama track to our guest.
Climbing starts around midnight, so You will reach the top before sunrise.
Bring a sweater it can be very cold at the top, waiting for the sun to rise.
Adams Peak is locally known as Sri Pada.
Please note foreigners will have to pay a fee to climb Adam’s Peak.

Madu Ganga River

Places to see in Sri Lanka Madu Ganga River
Places to see in Sri Lanka Madu Ganga River

Places to see in Sri Lanka Madu Ganga River

Beware of crocodiles and huge water monitors as you cruise down the beautiful Madu Ganga River in a small boat.

Visit Cinnamon Island and buy the tasty cinnamon right where it is grown. (Bring cash if You want to purchase cinnamon)

Please note You will need tickets for the boat hire.

Horton Plains & World’s End

Places to see in Sri Lanka Horton Plains National Park
Places to see in Sri Lanka Horton Plains National Park

Places to see in Sri Lanka Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains, the only National Park in Sri Lanka where you are allowed to walk around.
Normally we start the hike in the early morning with breakfast packages.

At World’s End you can sit down and have your breakfast to the amazing view of the mountains.
Horton Plains is home to a small population of leopards but unfortunately they are rarely seen.

Tip! Wear your clothes in layers as it can be very cold in the early morning hours and become very hot when the sun comes out.

As the roads are in a very bad condition, we have to hire a jeep or a van to get to the Horton Plains National Park.

Please note there is an entrance fee to Horton Plains.

Tissamaharama

Places to see in Sri Lanka Tissamaharama
Places to see in Sri Lanka Tissamaharama

Places to see in Sri Lanka Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama (Tissa), is the ideal place to stay before a visit to the nearby Yala National Park and Bundala National Park.
The area around Tissa is home to a lot of birds and wildlife.

Kataragama Temple

Places to see in Sri Lanka Kataragama Temple
Places to see in Sri Lanka Kataragama Temple

Places to see in Sri Lanka Kataragama Temple

Kataragama Temple is an important shrine for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is dedicated to deity with six faces and twelve hands, who is known as Skanda-Murukan or Subrahmanya among Hindus.
Sinhalese Buddhists believe that Kataragama Deviyo is a guardian deity of Buddhist who helps his followers who are in need.
Please remember to wear appropriate clothing for temple visits (shoulders and legs covered), and bring socks, the ground might be very hot and You will be leaving Your shoes outside.

Kataragama

Places to see in Sri Lanka Kataragama Temple
Places to see in Sri Lanka Kataragama Temple

Kataragama Sri Lanka

Sheltered in the foothills, 15 km northeast of Tissa, is Kataragama.

A compelling mix of pomp and procession, piety and religious extravagance, this most holy of towns is a shot of oriental thrills at the end of an island-wide pilgrimage.
Along with Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada), this is the most important religious pilgrimage site in Sri Lanka and is a holy place for Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus alike.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Places to see in Sri Lanka Kandy Temple of the Sacred tooth Relic
Places to see in Sri Lanka Kandy Temple of the Sacred tooth Relic

Temple of the Sacred tooth Relic Kandy Sri Lanka

According to legend, Hemamala hid the relic in her hair ornament and the royal couple disguised themselves as Brahmins in order to avoid discovery. They set sail from Tamralipti, a port at the mouth of the river Ganges, and landed in Sri Lanka at the port of Lankapattana (now Ilankeiturei).

It is said that Sri Lanka was chosen as the new home for the tooth relic because the Lord Buddha had declared that his religion would be safe in Sri Lanka for 5000 years.

Please remember to wear appropriate clothing for temple visits (shoulders and legs covered), and bring socks, the ground might be very hot and You will be leaving Your shoes outside.
Temple of the Tooth is situated in Kandy.

The Cultural Show in Kandy

Places to see in Sri Lanka Kandy Cultural Show
Places to see in Sri Lanka Kandy Cultural Show

Kandy Cultural Show Sri Lanka

Visitors can see the daily performance of the famous Kandy cultural program with dance and music, one of the famous destinations in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The show starts in the evening and runs for more than 1 hr.
Near to the auditorium is the Temple of tooth of Buddha and after visiting the Cultural show people go to the temple.

White Water Rafting in Kitulgala

Places to see in Sri Lanka Kitulgala white water rafting
Places to see in Sri Lanka Kitulgala white water rafting

Kitulgala white water rafting Sri Lanka

Kitulgala is one of the most famous places for White Water Rafting adventures.

However there are many more reasons why this spot, just 100 kms from the capital Colombo, is well worth visiting.

David Lean’s epic war film “Bridge on the River Kwai” was filmed in this area of the Kelani River, which runs through Kitulgala, and the ruins of the bridge still remains.

Tea Plantation and Tea Factory

Places to see in Sri Lanka Tea Factory
Places to see in Sri Lanka Tea Factory

Sri Lanka Tea Factory

Sri Lanka being famous for its ‘Ceylon Tea’ has added cheers to many the world for more than a century.
When visiting a tea factory, we will see how traditional Ceylon tea is being processed.

In the tea room we will be served a cup of tea, and it will be possible to purchase the various types of tea produced by the tea factory.

Entrance and guided tour in the tea factory is free of charge.

Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens

Places to see in Sri Lanka Kataragama Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Places to see in Sri Lanka Kataragama Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens Sri Lanka

147 acres in extent, started in 1374 as a pleasure garden for the Kings of Gampola and Kandy.
With more than 5.000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens.
There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue.
Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists.
Please note there is an entrance fee for visiting Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens.

Nuwara Eliya

Places to see in Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya Gregory Lake
Places to see in Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

The Hill country of Sri Lanka is a sight to behold. After the heat of the low lands of Sri Lanka, the diversity of temperature and scenery of the high lands is incredible.
Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela, are three popular hill stations.
Nuwara Eliya being the highest, situated more than 6000 feet above sea level and also called ‘Little England’, as this is where the British built themselves a ‘home away from home’.

Kandy

Places to see in Sri Lanka Kandy
Places to see in Sri Lanka Kandy

Places to see in Sri Lanka Kandy

The hill capital Kandy is another ‘World Heritage Site’.

It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement.
To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (Maha Wasala), Palle Wasala, where the Queens stayed, but now used for the National Museum.
Meda Wasala where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated. The Bathing Pavilion (Ulpenge) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse.

Spice Garden in Matale

Places to see in Sri Lanka Matale Spice Garden
Places to see in Sri Lanka Matale Spice Garden

Matale Spice Garden Sri Lanka

Where spices and herbs used for the Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown.
The staff takes you on a guided tour in the garden explaining how each plant and tree grows and what uses the herbs or spices are good for in the ayurvedic medicine.
Ayurvedic medicine is a part of the country’s traditional health care systems, and is very commonly used in Sri Lanka.
After seeing the Spice Garden, it is possible to purchase remedies, such as oils, balms, creams and natural perfumes.

Yala National Park

Places to see in Sri Lanka Yala National Park
Places to see in Sri Lanka Yala National Park

Yala National Park Sri Lanka

Yala National Park also called Ruhunu National Park, on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, is one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco tourism destinations.
With tropical thorn forest and lagoons it is possible to spot wild elephants, sloth bears, water buffaloes, wild boars, monkeys, flamingos and if we are lucky we can see leopards too.
Yala National Park has the largest population of leopards in Sri Lanka.
A jeep safari is the only way to enter this national park.
The jeep safari begins either in the early morning before sun rise, or in the afternoon where the animals comes out of the bushes due to the falling temperature.
Best time to visit: Nov-Jul
Nearest town is Tissamaharama
Please note there is an entrance fee, and expenses for jeep hire.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Places to see in Sri Lanka Dambulla Cave Temple
Places to see in Sri Lanka Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple Sri Lanka

Dambulla Cave Temple / The Golden Temple of Dambulla / The Royal Rock Temple, is considered as one of the ancient Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buddhist cave temple is established in the 3rd century B.C. and occupied continuously to this day.
It is home to the World’s most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colours and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century.
Sinhalese people call it as ‘Dambulu Gala’ (Dambulla Rock) and the temple is called as the ‘Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya’ (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple).
From the temple there is a nice view and lots af cheeky monkeys.

Please remember to wear appropriate clothing for temple visits (shoulders and legs covered), and bring socks, the ground might be very hot and You will be leaving Your shoes outside.
Please note there is an entrance fee when visiting Dambulla Cave Temple.

Udawalawe National Park

Places to see in Sri Lanka Udawalawe National Park
Places to see in Sri Lanka Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park offers the most reliable elephant spotting in Sri Lanka.
With around 500 wild elephants present, masses of birds and a good chance
for spotted deer, water buffaloes, wild boars and crocodiles.
There are a few leopards in this park, but they are rarely seen and we must be very lucky to spot them.

A jeep safari is the only way to enter Udawalawe National Park.
The jeep safari begins either in the early morning, or in the afternoon where the animals comes out of the bushes due to the falling temperature.
Close to Udawalawe National Park is The Elephant Transit Home wich we like very much at Fernando Tours.
Best time to visit: year-round
Please note there is an entrance fee to Udawalawe National Park, and some expenses for jeep hire.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala elephant orphanage Sri Lanka
Pinnawala elephant orphanage Sri Lanka

Pinnawala elephant orphanage Sri Lanka

The foster home of young elephants of different age and size.
We see them being fed, bathe and play in the river.
These great animals have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness. Now they even breed in captivity.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the most well known Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, but actually there is also an elephant orphanage close to Udawalawe National ParkThe Elephant Transit Home where the young elephants are released into the wilde.
Please note there is an entrance fee to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Sigiriya

Places to see in Sri Lanka Sigiriya
Places to see in Sri Lanka Sigiriya

Sigiriya Sri Lanka

Sigiriya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the 5th Century ‘Fortress in the Sky’,
which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island.
It is also known as The Lion Rock because of the huge lion
that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace
on the summit of the 600 feet high rock.

On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, water tanks
to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses.
On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala
secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels
still shining in their original colors.

The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, Summerhouses,
Boulder Gardens and the Caves within the enclosed area should not be missed.

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