Sri-Lanka is blessed with two monsoons, which allows for great kiting conditions nine months a year. This is mother nature's gift to the island, making it one of Asia’s top kiting destinations. This gift of mother nature also influences the wind system in Sri-Lanka, so that Kalpitiya boasts more than a handful of kitesurfing spots. At the end of this page you can find a map with our favorite spots in the area.
Many who have been to the peninsula 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. It is no surprise that the 14 lagoons in combination with kilometers of perfect flat-water, make out backyard 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 making these lagoons feel like a kitesurfing playground. However, there’s fun to be had both on and off the water. The nature around Sri Lanka is brimming with historical, cultural and ecological significance. In fact, the largest national park in Sri-Lanka is just a boat ride away from 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 too far, there are loads of activities right on our doorstep such as, learning to make an amazing Sri Lankan Rice & Curry, collecting mussels, going on a dolphin safari, island safari or mangrove safari, stand up paddle boarding along the banks of the lagoon, mountain biking, horse riding or scuba diving. You won’t be bored during your trip to Kalpitiya.
If you do decide to do day trips or short overnight excursions, the team at Ruuk Village can help you with the organization. For example, the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka is only 120mins away and the famous Kandy buddhist temple is around 180mins away, along with plenty of other popular destinations in our region.
There are two dominant wind directions in Sri-Lanka
may till september
Wind during the summer months is much stronger than during the winter months. The gap between Sri Lanka and India across the Adam's Bridge creates a "venturi effect,” which blows wind from the east between May and September. This wind is warm and dry as it comes over the land rather than the sea. This wind is normally stronger than the wind coming from the sea, ranging between 20 – 30 knots, although sometimes more. One of the biggest differences compared to the wind during the winter months is that it blows consistently throughout the day and night. At some of the lagoons, depending on the buildup and vegetation the wind can become a bit gusty, but that also depends on which spot you choose. For example, if you visit one of the islands furthest north you can experience steady wind conditions’ and great a flat-water arena for all levels. In case you wish to take a kitesurfing lesson, our kiteschool will take care of explaining exactly how this works.
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 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… it is an overwhelming experience for this part of the world. Normally wind strength is around 15 – 25 knots, and it’s much steadier than the summer months. The main difference compared to the summer monsoon is that this wind picks up around 11AM or noon, 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 calm and clear, 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 is one of the reasons why there is wind all year around (during the days when 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 forecast is what you "FEEL/GET". The below capture from our own LIVE windGuru station which is in front 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 calculate wind what on the kiting beach, and during the winter you need to add 3 - 5 knots, because of the trees cover nearby all the wind sensors.
based on the two wind seasons as highlighted in the previous sections, Kalpitiya has the following seasons
Even though there is no proper off-season, from mid-March until mid-May and then again from the end of September until mid-January the windy days come less frequently than usual. During the said months.
- Bigger kites can be useful (between 13sqm to 16sqm).
- In case you’re a person who prefers empty lagoons and very cost-efficient prices for accommodation, then this is the time you should join us.
- There are usually plenty of thermal wind 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.
- All of the local kite-schools and kite-rentals are open throughout the year, guaranteeing a livelihood for the local team members.
In case you wish to support the local establishments this is one of the time slots to visit Kalpitiya, to support the local and regional economy.
From mid December till the 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 is an average of 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.
- If you are lucky you might see some dolphins are 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, so the lagoon is a bit more relaxed than during the high season from May till September.
This season is shorter than the high season so there are more kiters concentrated during the Christmas and New Year break. Night life is still low, but there are few bars operating and if 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 but surely Ruuk Village provides you music and cold lion beer on demand too.
Mid may till the end of September, the Indian ocean becomes rough and the lagoons, especially places like "dream-spot" and the "magic-spot" become butter flat, all those flat-water lovers to go bonkers.
- The best spot during this time of the year is the "magic-spot" or "Vellai Island" which is around a 40-minute boat ride from Kalpitiya main kiting lagoon. Check the kite-spots at the end of this page.
- If you are a beginner, however, you will still find plenty of places in the main kiting lagoons to improve your skills.
- You need smaller kites and there are around 6 windy days per week. There may even be times that you’ll wish the wind would stop, so that you can relax a day in between your kiting sessions guilt-free.
- Aka "Kudawa Lagoon" is a good spot to kite. But could get crowded quicker than the main lagoon in Kalpitiya since its much smaller.
KITEsurfing SPOTS in Kalpitiya Sri Lanka
There are over a dozen 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 from May till September
- Puthlam Lagoon - best months are during May till September
- Kalpitiya main Lagoon - recommended throughout 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 from May till September although during the winter months the Indian Ocean builds a flat-water area.
- Dream spot - The closest spot to the main Kalpitiya Lagoon. It is a 15min boat ride away and can be enjoyed the whole year around.
- Dutch Bay - Is half way towards Vellai Island and can be enjoyed during both summer and winter months.