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What to do in Kalpitiya Sri Lanka

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Here you can read the things what Ruuk village organizes for you, in case there is no wind or you are not a Kite surfer : Things to do in Kalpitiya, when there is no wind

About Kalpitiya Sri Lanka

Placed approximately 170 km of Colombo, the Kalpitiya region is one of the most beautiful coastal areas located in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. Kalpitiya is a peninsular that seperates the Puttalam lagoon from the Indian Ocean, so you will see the blue ocean and its golden beaches on one side and a large lagoon with several unspoilt islands on the other.

Kalpitiya is also rich in historical significance. According to the Mahavansa, Prince Vijaya, the founder of the Sinhalese race first landed on the shores of Kalpitiya. Furthermore, the Dutch Fort and St Peter’s Kerk church in the town itself are interesting examples of Sri Lanka’s rich history and colonial past.

Kalpitiya is a prominent marine sanctuary home to a diversity of marine habitat. From bar reefs to saltpans, mangrove swamps, salt marshes and vast sand dune beaches are few of the things you can experience here. There are many things to do in Kalpitiya to enjoy your stay. Kalpitiya is excellent for surfing, wind surging, boat rides, snorkeling and scuba diving, whale and dolphin watching or simply relaxing and unwinding in the sun.

Kalpitiya is inherently a small fishing community and watching their lives at sea are very remarkable. Free from the hustle and bustle of city and corporate life, fishermen take to the sea in the dark nights and return in the wee hours of the morning with a fresh catch. Visit the many fish markets that offer an opportunity to choose freshly caught seafood for a scrumptious meal.

Whale & Dolphin Watching

The best time for dolphin and whale watching is the season between November to March / April. If you are lucky you may witness schools of dolphins which are very large, approximately 1,000 dolphins at once. It is truly a magnificent sight to witness these brilliant and playful creatures as they swim alongside the boat.

A high concentration of blue whales and sperm whales have also been sighted in the Kalpitiya coast. The best place to set off on a whale watching tour is from Alankuda beach.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

For keen scuba divers and snorkellers, the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka (Bar reef) is only an hour’s boat trip from Kalpitiya. This beautiful reef is home to an incredible variety of tropical fish as well as offering sighting of manta rays, reef sharks and the occasional turtle.

Best time for diving and snorkeling is between late November and early May. Due to the southwest monsoon period diving is considered dangerous and impossible during the period of May to November. You can embark on a diving trip with one of the many beachside diving shops. The underwater currents in the seas off Kalpitiya are generally not strong, but are influenced by small tide changes of two high water and two low water tides.

Lagoon Trips

Leisurely boat rides up the lagoon and canoe trips down the river are a pleasant and chilled out way of exploring the coastline, whilst 4WD jeep rides along the deserted sand dunes between the ocean and the lagoon offer a thrill and unique way of watching the colourful evening sunsets.

Kite Surfing

The Kalpitiya peninsula is the perfect place for kitesurfing, with several spots for beginners as well as advanced riders. Although kite surfing is possible throughout the year in Kalpitiya, wind conditions are best between May and December. A number of kite surfing schools have been set up in Kalpitiya approximately 5-7 kilometers from Dolphin Beach with certified instructors to assist both beginners and pros. Equipment for kite-surfing is available on a rental basis. Kite surfing excursions can be tailored to your preference and skill level and can range from short speed riding on flat water to all day trips of wave riding or island hopping to explore the many desolate islands dotted around the lagoon.