Kalpitiya | Sri Lanka

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Downwinding excursion

AVERAGE COSTS

Beer: 250LKR
Restaurant Meal: 1,800LKR
Accommodation: 3,500 – 27,000LKR

THE LURE

Experience phenomenal kite safari opportunities or stay right at your boutique hotel situated right on the flat water lagoon, with the option of riding on the sea. You can even watch the conditions from the pool!

THE SET-UP

The Elements Watersports and Nature Resort is surrounded by a flat water lagoon, that at its deepest is just one-and-a-half metres, so is ideal for all levels from beginner to advanced riders. The kite excursions in this area are excellent, including boat trips to Dutch Bay, Portugal Bay and the Puttalam Lagoon. Or take a downwinder from the Kalpitiya lagoon to Dutch Bay in flat water surrounded by mangroves and the array of wildlife at Wilpattu National Park. Kite Beach Villas can organise downwinders for you in this area, too.

Elements Resort support under-priveleged children by providing access to education. Together with the local church and partner organisation 'Friends Lanka Child Foundation', they have built and funded a pre-school in the nearby village of Palakkudawa and they also maintain a 'clean the beach and lagoon' programme. Your stay with them will be literally about enjoying the 'elements'.

WIND, WEATHER AND WATER

The main wind season is May to September (summer) with the probability of kiting everyday in over 15 knots at the height of season in June. The wind is side-onshore from the southwest and can get strong, up to 35 knots. Cross-shore winds come from December to March but are generally lighter at 12 to 20 knots in the afternoon, but the Indian Ocean is also nice and flat at this time. This time of year is also a beautiful time for families and the less hardcore kiters not looking to spend ten hours a day on the water. The sea is calm and a deep blue, whereas you can expect more waves and chop in the main wind season. The air temperature throughout the year is a staggering 30°C / 86°F, day and night. No need for wetsuits as you have probably guessed, with the water simmering at 26°C / 79°F.

ACCOMMODATION

The range of accommodation is from the very basic up to the luxurious boutique level. Elements Resort is located at the Kappalady lagoon kite spot, so there's no need for driving. Kite Beach Villas are a cluster of six cottages nestled among shady coconut trees and are a seductive eco-friendly island treat. Close to the bigger Kalpitya lagoon, they offer a remote experience and these colonial style cottages are perfect for chilling, relaxing and sports. Advanced kiters can kite on the ocean right from their doorstep.

SCHOOLS

ELEMENTS RESORT teach all levels all year with a max ratio of 3:1. They rent and sell Faith Kiteboarding gear and provide safety boat cover on request on the sea and on trips (no need on the lagoon).

Languages spoken by staff: English and German
www.elements-resort.com
manager@elements-resort.com
+94 777 377 387

KITE BEACH VILLAS are based in Kalpitiya and teach all levels on request and they also offer safaris, dolphin watching, lagoonboat rides, snorkeling and more.

www.kitebeachvillaskalpitiya.com
info@kitebeachvillaskalpitiya.com
+94 7755 66485

NO WIND

Lots of relaxing activities, including swimming in the pool, snorkeling, boat trips, wildlife safaris in the Wilpattu national park that features Leopards (two hours away, cultural trips to the 'Cultural Triangle' of Anduradapura, Sigirya, Pollonaruwa and Dambulla and for the more active, there are dolphin trips, SUPing in the mangroves and beach volleyball.

GET AROUND

The nearest small village with convenience stores etc. is three kilometres away, and the nearest big village with pharmacies, banks, ATMs and telecom shops is ten kilometres away. The nearest hospital is 35 kilometres. Take taxis or tuk-tuks to wherever you need to go. Hiring a car is possible, but don't expect a well known hire car agent, just some local ones, and driving is a bit different to the styles you may be used to in Europe or the USA!

CURRENCY

Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR): £1 = 215LKR / €1 = 180LKR / $1 = 130LKR

FOOD AND DRINK

There are a few very simple restaurants in the villages and only basic, small shops. People usually eat and stay in the resorts, hotels or kite camps.

AIRPORT

The Colombo Bandaranaike International airport (CMB) and your accommodation will organise your transfer.

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