The Hidden Paradise of Sri Lanka.

Things to do in and around Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka

The gorgeous coastal region of Kalpitiya is located in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka, approximately 170 km north of Colombo. Kalpitiya is a peninsula situated between the Puttalam lagoon to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west and provides marvellous views of the blue ocean, golden beaches and unspoilt islands in the large lagoon. With a diverse marine habitat boasting bar reefs, salt marshes, sand dune beaches, saltpans and mangrove swamps, as well as a plethora of activities available including kite surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, whale and dolphin watching, tourists will have plenty to experience in Kalpitiya.

Kite Surfing

There are many kites knows that Sri Lanka is blowing but a few managed to ride the kite in the lagoons of the island. Indeed, there will be about a dozen windless days for the year and the rest of the blowing well in the most popular place for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka - Kalpitiya on the West coast. Kalpitiya is a peninsula which separates Indian Ocean from the lagoon Puttalam, there will be a place for riding on the flat water in the lagoon and there is an ocean for those who prefer the wave-riding.

The best time to kitesurf in Sri Lanka is perhaps the period from May to September when the warm winds blow from dawn to dusk. The west side of the island is famous for the popular spot for kitesurfing Negombo which has a lagoon and located just 20 kilometers from the Colombo airport. The length of the beach is about 5 kilometers and it has quite unpleasant tidal waves but the plus is that you can kitesurf with the down wind from Nyamagana to Negombo along the beach for about 6 kilo meters. There are many beaches and restaurants and the service is more developed in Negombo, whereas in Kalpitiya all is quiet and authentic and, accordingly, the stay will cost much cheaper.

 

 

 

* Kite Surfing

* Dolphin Watching

* Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

 

Dolphin Watching

Kalpitiya provides one of the best spots for dolphin watching in Sri Lanka. The ideal time to visit is between November and March in Kalpitiya, where pods of up to thousands of dolphins can be sighted. Kalpitiya is renowned for spinner dolphins, as well as bottlenose, Risso's and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. The dolphins often swim alongside the boats and are a delight to watch, making Kalpitiya an excellent destination for dolphin watching in Sri Lanka. Excursions begin at sunrise, and last up to 3 hours.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

The largest coral reef in Sri Lanka, Bar Reef, is an hour's boat trip away from Kalpitiya. This exquisite complex of pristine reefs has the greatest biodiversity of any coral reef in the region and is home to over 150 species of coral and close to 300 species of fish. Snorkelling and scuba diving is very popular here, ideally between late November and early May. There are several diving operators providing equipment and boats for divers to venture into diving sites.  

Kite Surfing

 

Dolphin and Wale Watching

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving