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Best Time: April - October Read More

Ideal duration: 1 - 2 Days

Nearest Airport: Colombo Airport - Ratmalana, Sri Lanka Check Flights

"Peninsula of untold mysteries!"

Kalpitiya Tourism

 Kalpitiya is a town surrounded by natural spaces and beaches. Kalpitiya covers a total area of 16.73 km²; the city has 14 islands with the main ones being Battalangunduwa, Palliyawatta, Uchchamunai, Periya Arichchalai, and Kakativu etc. Kalpitiya is one of the upcoming tourist destinations within Sri Lanka, providing activities such as kite surfing, surfing, and whale watching etc.

The town is home to fishermen living within the natural habitat of the sea. The name of the city also has a long history of etymology as it is derived from the Tamil word ‘Kal’ and ‘Pattu’ meaning stone and elevation. The town was previously known as Arasadi, and during the colonial era, it was popularly known as Calpentyn. Kalpitiya is, therefore, the destination of dreams for those who enjoy long walks, beaches, beautiful sunset views and finally the adventure activities!

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History of Kalpitiya

The Portuguese invaders initially colonised the city during the 17th Century. However, with the Dutch arriving at the peninsula resulted in the detachment of Portuguese colonisation. The Dutch supposedly created a military garrison at the Northern end of the town; the town is also said to be influenced with activities like smuggling and maritime trade since before its invasion according to some earlier records. After the colonial era ended the Dutch fort and the Portuguese church built by the colonials remain today. The Portuguese heritage also is rekindled in a festival At St Anne’s Church at Talawila. Thus the history of Kalpitiya is filled with colonisation and trading.

Adventure in Kalpitiya

Since the town of Kalpitiya consists of 14 islands, activities’ relating to the fantastic beaches famous for its spectacular sunsets is also quite growing as a destination for surfing, kite surfing, and windsurfing. Also, the place is now developing as a dolphin and whale watching area around the western seas. Along with this, snorkelling is also available around the northern side of the lagoon. The proper town is about 5 kms away from the beach area. Though the road is a pathway through the marshes, some tuk-tuk drivers may give you a lift for a price.

Controversy of 'land grab' in Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya was one of the 15 sites for the improvement of the tourism industry in Sri Lanka as a strategic move to boost the tourism industry and the country’s revenue. The government acquired around 4000 acres of land with the project’s initiation around 2004. However, 1000 acres of land accounting around 25 per cent of the Kalpitiya peninsula has been allegedly grabbed from 2500 families and have begun the construction of resorts and hotels in the area. Also in the year 2009, alleged scams revolving around land grabs for business sites to capitalise the town have been reported.

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