Things to Do in Kalpitiya
Sri Lanka is known as the most exotic kiteboarding destination in Asia. It is the perfect kiteboarding spot for anyone. It doesn’t matter what you prefer, there is something for everyone; flat water, waves, and lagoons.
Best time to kitesurf in Sri Lanka: There are two windy seasons in Sri Lanka, however, the primary kitesurfing season lasts from mid-May to the end of September. The winter season lasts from December to mid-February/early March, although the wind is less steady throughout this time, best for beginners. you won’t need a wetsuit. Board shorts, bikinis, or a light rash vest and shorts will be enough.
You can hire a trainer certified by IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) with all equipment and gear. On average students need 8-12 hours over 4 days.
Dolphin watching is an excellent choice for a group trip, from December to March. The boat journey in Kalpitiya is a lot of fun; you'll pass past mini-islands of lush forest on your approach to Portugal Bay, and being out on the deep sea waves is an adventure in and of itself. You might be able to go to one of the islands for lunch after dolphin watching.
Blue Whales (the world's biggest animal), Bryde's Whales, Sperm Whales, Killer Whales, False Killer, Dwarf, Melon Headed Whales, Cuvier's Beaked Whales, and, if you're lucky, the rare Indian Blue Whales may all be seen in Kalpitiya. The best time to see whales is from November to December and March to April.
Snorkel at Bar-Reef
Bar Reef is a natural wonder, and Kalpitiya contains Sri Lanka's largest and most unspoiled coral reef. The government declared the coral reef a sanctuary in 1992 by establishing a marine wildlife park. The Reef has a total size of 306 square kilometers. This greatest coral reef is located 3 kilometers from the Kalpitiya Lagoon. Snorkeling Bar Reef in Kalpitiya is a great experience and exploration of Sri Lanka's largest bar reef.
Scuba Dive at Bar-Reef
Bar Reef is home to 156 distinct types of coral and 283 different species of tropical fish, making it one of the most diversified marine ecosystems in the Indian Ocean. Unsurprisingly, the most popular diving location in Kalpitiya is Bar Reef.
With an average depth of 3 meters, diving at Bar Reef might bring you face to face with black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, manta rays, green, hawksbill, or olive ridley turtles, and more bizarre-looking tropical fish than you could ever imagine. The Kalpitiya diving season begins in late November and stretches on into early May.
Day Tour from Kalpitiya
Wilpattu is considered by many to be the best place to visit from Kalpitiya. Permission is granted to spend time in the park from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wilpattu Safari Park
The largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is around 1.5 hours (120 kilometers) from Kalpitiya. The park is known as the Land of Lakes due to the existence of more than 105 natural lakes and tanks distributed across more than 1,300 square kilometers, and it is world-renowned for its leopard population. The Wilderness & Wildlife Conservation Trust performed a study in the park in 2015 and discovered at least 49 individual leopards.
The Main Entrance