One of the main reasons I put Mirissa on the list of places to visit during my trip to Sri Lanka this year was the whale watching cruise. According to the internet, whale watching season starts in November/December and ends in March. Our cruise was booked for the 24th of March.
But the internet has no say when it comes to mother nature.
It started the evening before, when we told our host at the home-stay that we would be going on a whale watching cruise the next morning. “Ohhh… Three days, no whales,” he said. I was crestfallen. Of course, I didn’t let him see it. “We will pray,” my mother said confidently, and we left to have dinner on the beach.
At Ocean Moon restaurant, when our waiter came up to take our order, we had a little conversation with him about our trip so far. Naturally, he asked us how we were liking Mirissa and when he learnt of our plans for the next morning, he decided to put a damper on it, “I’m sorry to disappoint you but there have been no whales for three days.”
He didn’t sound very sorry to me. But I knew how sorry I would feel if I didn’t see that whale. Oh the tantrums I threw with God that night.
The waiter even told me that March end was advertised as end of season but whale sightings usually stop a little earlier. I don’t know if he’s right but I certainly didn’t want to believe him.