Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya which is located 130 km north of Colombo International Airport, is an exquisite coastal region in the Western coastal belt north of Colombo.

Kalpitiya which is located 130 km north of Colombo International Airport, is an exquisite coastal region in the Western coastal belt north of Colombo. It is a peninsula set in between the deep lagoon of Puttalama towards the east and the Indian Ocean to the west. It is a marvellous marine sanctuary consisting of diverse habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangroves swamps, salt marshes and a vast amount of sand dune beaches. Together with another 14 islands, Kalpitiya makes up 1673 hectares of land. The Kalpitiya peninsula is 48 km long and 6-8 km wide and is covered with fine sandy beaches. Kalpitiya is a celebrated world famous location for the lovers of Spinner Dolphins because of the opportunity to view large pods of Dolphins often running into hundreds. It is also a habitat for Sperm Whales and Blue Whales.

Kalpitiya has been once a pivotal trading hub and was named and known as “the island of Cardiva” by the Portuguese.

Tourists Attractions in Kalpitiya

  • Dolphins and Whale Watching

Kalpitiya is a prominent marine sanctuary home to a diversity of marine habitat. 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. The best time for dolphin and whale watching is from November to 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. High concentrations 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.

  • Sandy Beaches

Generously bestowed with wave riding spots in the Ocean as well as beautiful lagoons with flat water, Kalpitiya is perhaps the best place to indulge in some valorous kite surfing on its beautiful sandy beaches. While there are many Beach resorts in Sri Lanka located in the area, Palagama Beach Kalpitiya is one of the most preferred Sri Lanka resorts that would serve as an excellent accommodation option if planning to visit this location. It is between the months May and September that the wind is at its kitesurfing- friendliest. The wind which normally is at 20 knots peaks at 30 knots here at Kalpitiya much to the delight of kitesurfing enthusiasts, beckoning them to set a-sail along the glistening turquoise waters of the inviting sea.

Kalpitiya on map

Sri Lanka Tourism Activities around Kalpitiya