Kalpitiya in the Puttalam district of Sri Lanka is a fast-growing tourist destination, consisting of 14 small islands over an area of approximately 16 square kilometres. It is located around 165 kilometres north of Colombo. The peninsula and its associated beaches are known for its stunning sunsets and relative seclusion, although that may change as the area grows in popularity.
A Lagoon of Fun-filled Activities
The lagoon is particularly well known for providing excellent kitesurfing and windsurfing weather conditions; the wind in the area can vary but is generally thought to be suitable for watersport activities throughout the season. The lagoons are huge, with generally still waters and a few small waves. There are courses available locally for kitesurfing and windsurfing, as well as kayaking adventures through the lagoon’s mangrove forests. Adventurous tourists can also participate in standup paddleboarding across the sea and the lagoon.
Season to Visit
To take advantage of the best kiting weather, Kalpitiya Lagoon should be visited between the months of April to October. If visitors would rather enjoy a dolphin-watching excursion, aim to visit between November and April. However, if you want to spot sperm whales, embark on a safari to the depths of the Indian Ocean between the months of December to April, to increase your chances of spotting these graceful beasts!
There are also several tours that take intrepid adventurers across the lagoon via a boat, with tour guides that can point out the different species of birds and animals spotted in the wilderness. There are also some historical sites that can be explored in the lagoon.