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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 exploration trip.

The beautifully designed boutique hotel has just 20 rooms, 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 sea food for a fine dinning experience or indulge yourself in the delights of the spa. Mandara Resort is the perfect base for your blue whale and dolphin exploration trip.

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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 £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Though Mirissa has a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, it is not a relaxing lounge on its golden sands the 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