Things to do in Kalpitiya
Sweeping sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. The Indian Ocean sparkling in the perpetual sunshine and kites dancing in the skies. Local fishermen lining the beaches with their daily catch and nets, and villagers going about their day. School children all dressed in white against the burnt red of the soil and the mouth-watering smell of spices wafting through the air as the sun sets behind the swaying palm trees, getting ready for another day in this rustic paradise.
Quite the poet I know but Kalpitiya really is a hidden gem. Sri Lanka’s El Dorado. Apart from what Cortes seeked in gold you’ll find coconuts in abundance. And what it lacks in bars and restaurants, it gains in charm and purity.
Get under the surface and you shall find some hidden treasures on these shores - the pearl of the Indian Ocean.
Long windy summers and short breezy winters, Kalpitiya has 9 months a year of great kiting conditions making it a mecca for kiters who flock here from around the globe.
With a few flat lagoons in the area, it is the perfect set up for beginners but still plenty of waves and downwinders around Puttalam, Kappalady and up to Mannar for the more advanced, adventurous kiters….
Slow things down and take a cruise through the hidden backwaters of Kappalady and Wilpattu National Park.
You’ll see birds in abundance, local villages fishing by hand, hear the sounds of wildlife all around you (and the odd call to prayer) as well as get a nice little core workout whilst you’re at it.
Half-day and Full-day options available.
Relax into a yoga session on Kitesurfing Lanka’s dock over the lagoon. Yoga sessions are for all levels and consist of a number of long stretches mainly working on the lower body, combined with slow deep breathing. This can be some great recovery time for in between gym or kiting sessions helping to prevent future injuries.
Classes are normally 8am, 12pm and 6pm every day and cost $10 a session which last around 75 minutes.
From November to April, whilst the winds might be less strong, schools of dolphins and whales flock to the area in abundance! The best viewing times are in the morning so that leaves the afternoons to fit in a workout session.
Due to Kalpitiya’s proximity to Bar Reef, Sri Lanka’s largest living coral reef, and rock and coral ridges running from North to South along the peninsula not far from the shore, during the winter months Kalpitiya can be an excellent location for scuba diving & snorkelling.