Kalpitiya Beach

Kalpitiya Beach, Kalpitiya Overview

Kalpitiya is located in the north of Sri Lanka and is a collection of 14 islands. The group of islands is primarily known for its waterfronts and attracts a lot of crowd throughout the year. Two things that people visit Kalpitiya, especially for are watersports and dolphins. The island is surrounded by a long stretch of sand that attracts a lot of tourists because of its scenic beauty.

Now, when you are in Sri Lanka, it might happen that no one would tell you about Kalpitiya. It is because not many people know about it or let's say that it is a very underrated tourist attraction. Fisherman surrounds the beach. What's interesting is that the water here is home to spinner dolphins and a rare species of a sperm whale. Not only for sightseeing but other activities like snorkeling or boat rides are something trendy among tourists. You can also opt for a jeep ride along the beach and enjoy the sunset view. There's also a beautiful coral garden located at the centre of the ocean.


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Things to Do at Kalpitiya Beach

From sunbathing to whale gazing, there are lots of exciting opportunities in Kalpitiya Beach. Let us dive a little deeper into the events lined up for you at the beach:

Whale and Dolphin Watching
In the activities to do at the beach, popular among tourists are Dolphin and whale watching. This activity is especially awe-inspiring because how often is it that you get to witness these majestic creatures in the water? Not every day, we must say! If you want to see the schools of dolphins swimming alongside your boat, visit the Kalpitiya beach during the months from December to April.
Who would want to miss out on an activity like this?

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Snorkeling in the bar reef, which is a highly biodiverse region, is an everyday activity. Swimming underwater, you get to see the marine life that includes various creatures like Manta Rays, turtles and Reef Sharks and a variety of corals that keep hundreds of species of aquatic life alive.

Lagoon Trips and Jeep Rides
You can visit the lagoon, and go for a boat ride. If a relaxing evening over the waters is your idea of a well-spent evening, then head to the Kalpitiya Lagoon and enjoy the scenic views.
If you are someone who likes to be up and about, you can go on jeep rides in the evening, over the sandy beach. You can enjoy the beautiful sunsets from your car and take it all in.

Kite Surfing
For lovers of thrill, kite surfing is a must in the activity list. Kite surfing is available to all kinds of enthusiasts- from beginners to pros. Hire a professional guide from one of the shops nearby, and you are good to go on kitesurfing!

Food Options at Kalpitiya Beach

Local Food: The place is known for excellent seafood ( tuna, shrimp and prawn, crab and lobster, fish, squids, and sprats) and local Sri Lankan cuisine.

Try other cuisines at the restaurants there. You will get plenty of options near the beach area.

1.Kite House Cafe
2.Dolphin Beach Resort Restaurant
3.The BNKR Cafe

These are only some of the most sought-after restaurants in the area.

Where to Stay in Kalpitiya Beach

There are many hotels and world-class resorts in the beach area.

Dolphin Beach Resort:
This resort lies a little secluded from the noise and the hustle of the city. You will find peace and calm as two prime aspects of this resort. They also have a restaurant.

Welle Wadiya Beach Hotel:
This is a boutique hotel, and the rooms are beautiful. Located near the beach area, you can open up your windows and balconies to the stunning sunrise views of the early hours.

This cottage themes hotel is one of the most beautiful places to be. A few of their cabanas have a direct view of the lagoon. So, expect breathtaking views at all times of the day!

History of Kalpitiya Beach

The peninsula was the significant spot for trading and smuggling of goods, even during the 17th century! It was a well-protected area during the tenure till which the city was under the grasp of the Portuguese, who exploited the region to smuggle in goods.

It was also a military base during those times. Proof of the olden days is visible by the presence of a Dutch church that stands erect till today.

It is coming up as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. Whale and Dolphin watching and snorkeling and diving remain the top activities for the tourists. Spotting turtles and various types of crustaceans and corals are a common thing here. Because of the region being a marine sanctuary, some area is still protected to keep further damage from occurring to the marine life.

Best Time to Visit Kalpitiya Beach

The best time to visit Kalpitiya beach is when the country is nowhere near the monsoon. It is because you can enjoy various activities happening in and around the beach that includes kitesurfing, boating or sailing, jeep rides and whale and dolphin watching which only take place from December to April. The beach is also open for activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, and diving. The best of which will also is witnessed during the dry months of the year.

How To Reach Kalpitiya Beach

By Road
Because the distance from the Colombo airport to Kalpitiya beach is only 3 hours, a car ride is enough. You can ask your hotel to arrange a private car for you, or you could rent a car for the day from a car rental service, plenty of which are available from anywhere around the country.

There are also buses that run from the airport. However, you will be taken to Puttalam in 4 hours. From there, the beach is another 23 kilometres further. There are regular and AC buses that run throughout the day.

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