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Located on the south west coast of Sri Lanka, along Mirissa's palm beach, Mandara Resort is the perfect base for your blue whale and dolphin watching excursions.

The beautifully designed boutique hotel has just 23 rooms - some with plunge pool or jacuzzi - so manages to offer a personal feel while delivering high standards of service and comfort.

The lush green garden is home to a spacious swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Enjoy fresh seafood for a fine dinning experience or indulge yourself in the delights of the spa. 

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Elephants, Blue Whales & Leopards

This superb 10-day wildlife itinerary takes you to see Sri Lanka’s big three. See huge herds of elephants on wildlife safaris in Udawalawe National Park and some of the world’s largest leopards at Yala, before continuing to the south coast to see charismatic blue whales on boat trips at Mirissa.

  • When to go: Nov-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,645 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Although Mirissa has a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, it is not relaxing on its golden sands that we recommend, for Mirissa is one of the foremost places in the world to see blue and sperm whales. Between December and April, when the sea is relatively calm, they arrive off the coast to feed in the rich waters.

  • Where: Southern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: blue whale, sperm whale, humpback whale, spinner dolphin, bottlenose dolphin
  • Excellent for: Whale watching