Many who have been to Kalpitiya say that it is the sweet secret of the kiting map it can also be named as the wind capital of Asia. This is no surprise with up to 14 lagoons in combination with kilometers long flat water playground. It is a complete Kitesurfing paradise for both beginners and advanced riders. A flight from anywhere in Europe to Colombo international airport and then a 140km taxi ride to north of the airport brings you straight to idyllic conditions in Kalpitiya that you can enjoy all year round. It is not limited to kitesurfing or windsurfing, the nature around, Sri lankan biggest national park and also an impressive array of things are there to enjoy Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka differently to other destiantions in the world. There are activities such as, learning to make an amazing Sri Lankan Rice & Curry, collecting mussels, go on a dolphin safari, island safari, mangrove safari, take stand up paddling, mountain biking, horse riding or even diving are just a few things you can experience during your stay in Kalpitiya. In case you wish to do more than that, the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka is only 120mins away, allowing your day trips to most of the most famous hot spots in the country.
There are two dominant wind directions in Kalpitiya
MAy till september
Summer wind in Kalpitiya is much stronger than the winter months. The gap between Sri Lanka and India across the Adam's Bridge creates a "venturi effect". Wind which blows between May till september in Kalpitiya comes from the East. This wind is warm and dry as it comes over the land rather than the sea. This wind is normally stronger than the wind which comes over the sea, ranging between 20 – 30 knots or more. One of the big difference is that it blows during the whole day and night. At some of the lagoons, depending on the build up and vegitation the wind can become a bit gustier, but that also depends on which spot you choose. Example if you visit one of the islands north of Kalpitiya you can experience steady wind conditions’ and great flat water arena for any one. In case you wish to take kitesurfing lessons in Kalpitiya, your school will take care of explaining exactly how this works. The wind has a massive venturi effect between India and Sri Lanka and blows strong all summer
December till end of March
This wind is not as strong as the wind from May till September, and comes from the west over the Indian Ocean. This means it´s a bit cooler and a bit humid. This wind brings down the temperature in the evenings, allowing a very cool December / January nights. One needs to have a shower before the sun goes down, otherwise the shower can be a bit chilling too, its is an overwhelming experience for this part of the world. Normally wind strength is around 15 – 25 knots, and it’s more steadier than the ssummer months. The main difference compared to the wind from May is that this wind picks up normally around 11AM mid day, leaving the mornings very calm. It can also be thermal wind , this is one of the reasons why Kalpitiya has almost 100% of wind during the eEuropean Winter months. Wind during December - March is normally accompanied by clear skies, fresh air and great visibility. This is also the time where you can do a Dolphin safari or even go diving, since the there are less waves in the mornings and also the ocean bottom is much more calmer and clearer.
How to read WINDguru like a local
We have been monitoring the wind statistics now for the last 5 years and it is quite difficult to say that there are months where there is no wind at all.
Kalpitiya is in the dry Zone of Sri Lanka and this is one reason why we always have wind during the days where there is no rain. Kalpitya region has 14 lagoons and this allows you to find a right spot to go kiting. Reading WindGuru is straight forward, what you "READ" in the forcast is what you "FEEL". The below capture from our own LIVE windGuru station which is infront of Ruuk Village entrance shares mild view of the real wind on the kiting beach. During the summer months we add 5 - 10 knots to derive at the wind what we get onthe kiting beach. And during the winter months it is less, when you add 3 - 5 knots you derive at the real values.
Even though there is no proper Off-season in Kalpitiya during Mid-March till mid-May and then again end of September till mid-January the windy days are lesser than usual. During the said months one need to have bigger kites (between 13sqm to 16sqm) be kiting. In case you are a person who is looking for empty lagoons and very economical prices for accommodation, then this is the time you should choose. There would probably be enough thermic windy days, if there are no rain clouds over Kalpitiya or rain. Most of the bigger kite schools are closed since the expat stake holders who run these places are catching wind somewhere else in the world. But all the local kite schools and kite rentals are opened throughout the year, also guaranteeing a livelihood for their local teams. In case you wish to explicitly support the locals this is one of the time slots to visit Kalpitiya, since your stay will 100% go to the local economy.
Mid December till end of March - The wind is slightly weaker than the wind during the high season but therefore the temperatures are comfortable and sometimes you even need a sweatshirt in the evenings. There are an average 5 days of wind per week. You need bigger kites (between 12 to 15). The best thing is that the Indian ocean becomes smoother allowing you to do really cool down winders from the north to the south of Kalpitiya. And if you are lucky your chances of kiting with dolphins are high too. If you are a fan of slight waves and riding in the open ocean this is your time. Due to the reason that kiters also choose to kite in the ocean the lagoon is a bit more relaxed than the high season. This season is shorter than the high season but therefore more kiters concentrated during the Christmas and new year break. Night life is still low, but there are few bars operating and in case you are looking for a longer night, it is surely the time of the year to visit Kalpitiya. But places like Ruuk Village still keeps a low profile allowing all their guests (including family with kids ) to relax and chill-out during the festive season
Mid may till end of September - Indian ocean becomes rough and in the lagoons, specially places like "dream-spot" , "magic-spot" becomes flat as ever allowing all those flat water lovers to go bonkers. the best spot during this time of the year is the "magic-spot" or aka "Vellai Island" which is around 40mins boat ride away from Kalpitiya main kiting lagoon. But if you are a beginner, you will still find enough places in the main kiting lagoons to improve your skills. You need smaller kites and the wind days per week are around 6 days. There are times where you wish, if the wind would stop, so that you can relax a day in between your kiting days.