Best Places to Spot Dolphins in India

Best places in India to spot dolphins in the wild.
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Everyone is headfast with their summer travel plans– where are you off to? 

We travel the globe to see exotic places and animals but what most people do not know is that India is home to some of the best animals to excite your kids! Yes, you heard that right!

Dolphin watching in India is a budget-friendly family activity that you as well as your children are sure to enjoy. You can involve your children in your love for animals by taking them for these safaris.

Scroll down to see an exciting list of places where you can spot these friendly, acrobatic marine mammals!

Goa

Aside from sprawling beaches, Goa also offers its visitors the chance to spot Ocean Dolphins. As you embark on the cruise to catch these magnificent creatures, the thrill of spotting the dolphins would definitely set up the adventure vibe for your children.

Click here to read all about the kid-friendly things to do with your kids in Goa. 

Where in Goa: Palolem Beach, Coco Beach, Cavelossim Beach, Sinquerim Beach, Morjim Beach

When: October to May

Dolphin Species: Ocean Dolphins

Lakshwadeep

Lakshwadeep is often considered to be a coastal destination but it is also a haven to spot the famous Bottlenose Dolphins. A great option to explore marine life and also enjoy various child-friendly water sports.

Where in Lakshadweep: Agatti Island, Kadmat Island and Bangaram Island.

When: October to May

Dolphin Species: Bottlenose Dolphins

Andaman

Offering a unique way to spot your favourite marine mammal, Andaman allows tourists to catch a glimpse of dolphins from glass-bottomed boats. You get to see dolphins in their natural environment without diving.

Where in Andaman: Lalaji Bay Beach, Jolly Buoy Island and Havelock Island.

When: March to June

Dolphin Species: Irrawaddy Dolphins

Bihar

Another surprising entry to the list is Bihar. The Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary is home to the extremely rare Gangetic River Dolphin. A delight for animal lovers, Bihar also gives you a peek into the cultural history of India. Plan your visit now!

Where in Bihar: Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary in Bhagalpur district.

When: October to May

Dolphin Species: Gangetic Dolphins

Maharashtra

One of India’s coastal states, Maharashtra is a must go to to see dolphins. About 227km from Mumbai, Dapoli is the ideal spot to marvel at the dolphins that visit this coast.

Where in Maharashtra: Tarkarli Beach, Harihareshwar, Murud Beach, Dabhol Port, Kuravde Beach, Bhogwe Beach, Anjarle Beach, Nivati Beach and Ladghar Beach.

When: November to February

Dolphin Species: Ocean Dolphins

Odisha

It isn’t the coast where one spots dolphins in Odisha. The Chilika Lake offers you the opportunity to go kayaking, canoeing and boating to spot dolphins which abound in the Satapada region.

Where in Odisha: Satapada in Chilika Lake.

When:  November to February

Dolphin Species: Gangetic Dolphins and Irrawaddy Dolphins

Kerala

God’s own country has it all. Hiring a boat from Cherai beach, you can get the chance to catch a glimpse of the humpback dolphins. The state also boasts cultural history in the form of temples and forts.

Where in Kerala: Cherai Beach

When: November to March

Dolphin Species: Humpback Dolphins

Karnataka

Vast expanses of open sands offer the best spots to catch sight of dolphins frolicking in the water. Although not all beaches afford this view, most of them allow you this sighting.

Where in Karnataka: Om Beach, Devbagh Beach, Kudle Beach, Kurumgad Island, Murudeshwar Beach and Paradise Beach.

When: October to February

Dolphin Species: Humpback Dolphins

West Bengal

Ever wondered if you could spot both, the Bengal tiger and dolphins in the same safari? A boat cruise safari in the Sundarbans in West Bengal makes this possible. You could be watching these playful creatures in the water while a tiger slips into the trees behind you!

Where in West Bengal: Sundarbans National Park, Hooghly River in Kolkata and Tajpur Beach.

When: November to February

Dolphin Species: Gangetic Dolphins and Irrawaddy Dolphins

Uttar Pradesh

There are several places where these magnificent marine animals can be spotted but the most famous one is the Chambal River. Here too, you can see the Gangetic River Dolphin.

Where in Uttar Pradesh: Chambal River, Katarniaghat Sanctuary, Sarah River in Ayodhya, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Hamirpur, Garhmukteshwar, Ekdala, Banda, Chilla and Fatehpur.

When: October to February

Dolphin Species: Gangetic Dolphins

Assam

Rhinos aren’t the only animals to be on the lookout for in Assam. The Gangetic River Dolphins abound in the Bhramaputra River. These pink dolphins promise to be a delight.

Where in Assam: Brahmaputra River and Dibru Saikhowa Wildlife Sanctuary.

When: October to March

Dolphin Species: Gangetic Dolphins

Punjab

Sarso da saag isn’t the only thing that should be on your bucket list when you visit Punjab! The Indus River Dolphin has increasingly become an inhabitant of the Beas River.

Where in Punjab: Harike Wildlife Sanctuary and Beas River

When: October to March

Dolphin Species: Indus River Dolphin

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