General information for your kite trip to Sri Lanka / Kalpitiya
Which travel documents do I need?
You need a passport with a validity of at least 6 months. Additionally you need to order a visa. Please pay attention to the right passport number.
Do I need a visa?
For an entry to Sri Lanka you need a visa. The fee is 30 USD. You find the link for an application here.
You can also get a visa at the airport in Sri Lanka but therefore you will have to wait in line for quite a while. Here you would pay 35 USD and your visa would just be valid for 4 weeks.
Is there any discount if I want to come with my children?
Yes we have discounts until the age of 12.
If you travel with a kid until the age of 3 it’s free of charge. Until the age of 6 we charge 9€ per night and until they are 12 years old we charge 50% of the regular price.
How long is the traveling time?
Generally you can book a flight to Sri Lanka and back for round about 360 GBP. We can recommend airlines such as Etihad Airways, Qatar, Emirates and Air Berlin. You can travel with Etihad and Emirates with luggage free of size up to 30kg. The traveling time will be around 12 hours, depending on your departure airport.
Generell habt ihr die Möglichkeit ab unschlagbare 500€ hin und zurück zu fliegen. Die Airlines, für die wir eine Empfehlung aussprechen würden, wären Etihad Airways, Emirates und Air Berlin. Bei Etihad und Emirates habt ihr 30kg Freigepäck, egal welche Maße es hat.
How do I get to the hotel from the airport?
You better take the minibus from the airport to Kalpitiya. Prices for one way are about 50 GBP and lasts approximately 3 hours. Then we will pick you up.
On Sri Lanka you pay with Sri Lankan Rupees. Auf Sri Lanka bezahlt man in Sri Lanka Rupien. The actual exchange rate is 1 GBP = 205.37 LKR. The link of the currency converter is here: http://www.xe.com
We cannot accept payments with Visa or MAstercard. An ATM is nearby in Kalpitiya (10 minutes with the TukTuk).
How is the price level Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka is still one of the most affordable holiday destinations. Trips and drinks are on a cheap level.
Everything you need to know before travelling to Kalpitiya - Sri Lanka
Each person travelling to Sri Lanka shall have a minimum of 30days travelling Visa. This can be aquired
either online ONLINE VISA
or on arrival Online visa can be paid using your credit card and once the application is filled and the payment is done, you should recieve an Email in the next 24hours with confirmation of your application and in most cases you will also have the online visa in a mail.
The cost of a VISA is 35US $
VISUM für Sri Lanka 30 Tage
Kalpitiya is 144Km away from the Sri Lankan International Airport. During the day the travelling time can be a bit more than in the evnings or early mornings. The best way to travel is to organize a pickup thourhg your hotel. Travelling time with a Taxi varies between 2,5hrs to 3,5Hrs. We recommend you to arrange your pikcup with your accomadation, which saves your time to find the hotel location. If you take a tai from the airport, most driveres would not know thier way around in Kalpitiya.
You can also take the train or the bus to Kalpitiya, for this option you would have to plan a minium of 5 hours from the time you leav the airport. For mor details on how to use the bus / train to Kalpitiya read the following page. Google Map - How to get to Kalpitiya
NOTE: In case you have your kite lugage and also another backpack, we recommend you to take a Taxi to save you aload of time and also some nerves.
Flughafen Sri Lanka info
Flughafen Taxi nach kalpitiya
Sri Lanka is a all year around travel destination. Sri lanka has two monzoon fronts, but since there are mountanis in the middle of the country, the other side is mostly protected from the monzoon. This allows travelling all year around.
The most famous time for travelling is during December till March, where the temprateues all over the coutnry becomes a bit milder than the rest of the year. But this is also the most busiest time to travel to Sri lanka, and in case you are a person looking for more space and quietness during your holidays, you need to avoid travelling to Sri lanka during December and January.
All known flight operators offers flights to Colombo international airport. And the travel time, depending on the transit time is around 12 hours.
Known Operators with transit of min 90mins, sometimes it can also vary up to few hours. Therefore it is important to double check the transit time during the time of your flight booking:
Emirates - transit in Dubai around 2 hours
Ethihard Airways - transit in Abhu-Dahbi around 2 hours
Qatar Airways - transit in Doha around 2hrs
Oman Airways - transit in Mucat minimum 3hrs
Oman Airways - transit in Mucat minimum 3hrs
The only airlines flying directly to Colombo international airport is KLM and Sri lankan Airlines.
KLM - Direct flights from Amsterdam
Sri Lankan Airlines - Direct flights from London and Frankfurt
Sri Lanka offer one of the best 4G ( Broad band Networks ) in South Asia. Sri lanka was one of the first coutries to offer 3G to its communication networks. This means in Sri Lanka, irrespective where you are, the Data coverage is pretty good. Most places offer Free WiFi. In case you wish to be independent, we recommend you to get a Prepaid SIM at the airport. the opertors we recommend are:
NOTE: Make sure your Mobile / smart phone is not SIM locked, check this with your network operator. Or just take a SIM ( should be a different operator than yours ) of your friend and replace it in your mobile, if your mobile can connect to the particular mobile Network then you are read to go.