Drive along the North Western coast line of the island and you will come to Kalpitiya, a series of long baron beaches, alongside a lagoon, a sky filled with vibrant kites and an ocean filled with dolphins that many hire boats and venture out to see.
Located about a half an hour’s drive from Puttalam town, along a slightly off-the-beaten track road, Kalpitiya comes complete with small beach hotels and guest houses with an unbeatable sense of family atmosphere scattered around over a dozen ideal places to kite surf. Communal dining, tent style living and group kite surf outings all serve to keep these community together with it growing and expanding in number every year. While this is what Kalpitiya is most known for, you are also sure to find a few luxury hotels, villas and spas should that be your need.
Kalpitiya is busiest around its two wind heavy seasons – one during May to September ad the other from December to March. On days when the wind isn’t strong enough for kite surfing, visitors can take up other activities like snorkelling, diving, sports fishing, kayaking, dolphin and whale watching – all offered by the locals and the establishments in the area.
This is also an ideal place to learn kite surfing, owing to the many IKO certified instructors who take up residence in Kaplitiya during the two seasons. The lagoon’s many inlets provide for milder winds, allowing you to venture within safer currents until you get your sea legs.
At the close of day, you’ll see exhausted surfers lounge on hammocks watching the sun go down, sipping Sri Lanka’s traditional coconut based drink, Arrack, a smooth whiskey like drink – the perfect way to end a day in paradise. With the Indian Ocean on one side and a lagoon on the other, you are never short of breath taking experiences, every day.