Sri Lanka’s Amazing Maritime

Sri Lanka’s Amazing Maritime

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The southern part of the Indian subcontinent, the Deccan Peninsula, stretches out into the Indian Ocean like a giant tongue, dividing it into two basins. Sri Lanka lies off the tip of this tongue, with unbroken expanses of water – the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea – spread out to east and west. Southward lies the main body of the Indian Ocean.


This position – at the tip of a great continent, yet in the middle of an ocean – makes Sri Lanka a busy crossroads for many kinds of marine life. Just as the island itself is a birdwatcher’s paradise, drawing hundreds of migratory species from Europe and Asia, the waters surrounding it are among the best places in the world to see whales, dolphins and other long-distance travellers of the deep.

Further away are the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge, 750km (400nm) west of Sri Lanka, whose peaks rise above sea level to form the Chagos, Laccadive (Lakshadweep) and Maldive island chains, and Ninety East Ridge, a gigantic submerged mountain range that rises 830km (450nm) east of Sri Lanka and stretches southward as far as the Horse Latitudes.

Marine Life

  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Rays
  • Sharks
  • Sport Fish
  • Reptiles
  • Coral Reefs


  • Wrecks
  • Maritime Forts
  • Light Houses
  • Harbours
  • Museums


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Explore Sri Lanka's Maritime

  • Northern Province
  • Northwestern Province
  • Western Province
  • Southern Province
  • Eastern Province

Maritime Activities

  • Beaches
  • Surfing
  • Kitesurfing
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Turtle Watching
  • Whale Shark Watching
  • Wreck Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Sportfishing
  • Beach Activities
  • Bird Watching



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