Facing deep blue Indian Ocean from halfway up Sri Lanka’s west coast, Kalpitiya is located in Puttalam district, on the tip of the peninsula stretched toward north that is separated by the Dutch bay and Puttalam lagoon from the main island with fine sandy beaches. The peninsula is 48 km long and 6-8 km wide and 130 km north of the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. In the history, Kalpitiya peninsula was associated with maritime trade and pirate escapades since ancient times. In the beginning of 17th Century, It was first colonised by the Portuguese. The island’s colonial history, during the Dutch period the northern tip of the Kalpitiya peninsula was used as an important base for a military and marine outpost to manage trade supplies to the mainland. Because of that still, the bay nearby northern tip called Dutch bay
peninsula is home to fishermen, the sunny beaches recently dragging tourist toward and becoming home to kite-surfer. In the coastal waters, spinning Dolphins are giving company for surfers. Yes, other grooming attractions to dragged travel to Kalpitiya are off-shore Whales, Dolphins, Sea Turtles and Bar Reef. Large pods of Spinner Dolphins, nearly hundreds in a pod and presence of Sperm Whales and a really Blue Whale are the world-class attraction of marine life in Sri Lanka.
Alankuda stretch beach is the place of scattered beach hotels. The beach is an origin of off-shore whale and dolphin watching and offers various water sports and activities.Kalpitiya is mostly home to fishermen, but its sparsely beautiful beaches are drawing a growing crowd in search of some of the world’s best kite-surfing between May and September. Ambitions to develop it as a mass tourist destination have recently stalled, meaning just a handful of hotels make up the emerging beach scenes.
Even tho many attractions in Kalpitiya, its popularity as the best location for Kitesurfing in the island. This place has two seasons for kitesurfing, May to October during the south-west monsoon and mid-December to mid-February during the northeast monsoon. By travelling an hour a boat trip the Bar Reef can be reached, which is the largest reef in Sri Lanka. The reef is 37 square km in the area provides perfect sea for keen scuba divers and snorkelers. The biodiversity reef is a place for the variety of tropical fish, reef sharks and sea turtle.
To exploring the coastline boat rides up to the lagoon and canoe trips down the river are a pleasant way. 4WD rides between the ocean and the lagoon through deserted sand dunes allow a unique way to watching the colourful evening sunsets on the deep Indian ocean.Kalpitiya is the place where you can enjoy the most memorable beach holiday.