With 9 months of wind in Kalpitiya. One of the best in asia. Sri-Lanka is blessed with two monsoons. This is a mother nature's gift to the Island. This gift of mother nature also influences the wind system in Sri-Lanka. Kalpitiya boasts more than a handful of kitesurfing spots. At the end of this page you can find a map with our favorite kitesurfing spots in Kalpitiya.
Many who have been to the penisula would say that it is THE "sweet secret" of the world's kiteboarding atlas. Kalpitiya can also be named as the wind capital of Asia, and this would not be wrong. 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 alike. A flight from anywhere in Europe to Colombo international airport, followed by a taxi ride of 140km, brings you straight to idyllic conditions to a kitesurfing playground. Kitesurfing or windsurfing can be enjoyed all year round. Actually it is not limited water sports only. The nature around Sri Lanka offer many historical, cultural and nature sites. The biggest national park of Sri-Lanka is just a boat ride away from the Ruuk Village. Sri Lanka is surely different to other kitesurfing or windsurfing destinations in the world.
Even if you do not want to travel around, there are loads of activities such as, learning to make an amazing Sri Lankan Rice & Curry, collecting mussels, go on a dolphin safari, island safari, mangrove safari, stand up paddling along the banks of the lagoon, mountain biking, horse riding or even diving are just a few things you can experience during your stay in Kalpitiya.
In case you wish do a day trips or even small round trips the team at Ruuk Village can help you with the organisation. Examples are, the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka is only 120mins away, Kandy budhist temple is aorund 180mins away and there are mayn other hot spot visits that you can do from Kalpitiya.
There are two dominant wind directions inSri-Lanka
MAy till september
Wind during summer months 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 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 biggest difference compared to the wind during the winter months, is that it blows during the whole day and night. At some of the lagoons, depending on the buildup and vegetation 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 from us you can experience steady wind conditions’ and great flat-water arena for any one. In case you wish to take kitesurfing lessons , our kiteschool 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 till 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 European 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 in the mornings before the wind picks up. Less wind means almost no waves in the mornings and the ocean bottom is much more calmer and clearer, making it possible for great dives in Kalpitiya.
How to read WINDguru like a Kalpitiyan
We have been monitoring 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. This one of the reasons why there is wind all year around (during the day where there is no rain/clear sky). The region has 14 lagoons and this allows you to find the best kite-spot to go kiting. Reading WindGuru is straight forward, what you "READ" in the forcast is what you "FEEL/GET". The below capture from our own LIVE windGuru station which is infront of Ruuk Village entrance shares a mild view of the real wind on the kiting beach. During the summer months we add 5 - 10 knots to derive at the real wind what we get onthe kiting beach. And during the winter you need to add 3 - 5 knots to derive at the real values. The reason is the lot of trees and build up around.
Even though there is no proper Off-season, 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 is enough thermic windy days (when no rain clouds over Kalpitiya). Most of the bigger kite schools are closed since the foreign 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, guaranteeing a livelihood for their local team members. In case you wish to explicitly support the local establishments this is one of the time slots to visit Kalpitiya, to support the local and regional 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. there are loads of kiters who choose to kite in the indian ocean. Therefore the lagoon is a bit more relaxed than during the high season from May till September. 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 the lagoons, specially places like "dream-spot" , "magic-spot" becomes butter flat, 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 windy days per week are around 6. There are times where you wish, if the wind would stop, so that you can relax a day in between your kiting sessions.
KITEsurfing SPOTS in Kalpitiya Sri Lanka
There are over dozens of kite-spots in Kalpitiya. All of them are spread over the 14 lagoons. the most famous kite-spots are:
- Kapalady Lagoon - best months for this lagoon are from May till September
- Donkey spot - Best for riders who wants to have waves , best is during May till September
- Puthlam Lagoon - best months are during May till September
- Kalpitiya main Lagoon - recommended through out the year. Due to the fact that it is right by the indian ocean with almost no build up
- Vellai Island, aka magic Spot - best during may till September , during winter months the Idain Ocean builds a flat water area.
- Dream spot which is the closest to the main kalpitiya Lagoon, it is a 15min boat ride away - Can be enjoyed the whole year around.
- Dutch Bay - which is half way towards Vellai Island - Can be enjoyed during both sommer and winter months.