Restaurant Meal: 1,800LKR
Accommodation: 3,500 – 27,000LKR
THE LUREKalpitiya has a long, narrow pristine sandbar that separates the lagoon from the Indian Ocean in one of the most consistently windy destination in the word. People are only just now beginning to believe all that they see and hear. Expect daily 20 - 25 knots between May and October and sligtly less in the second season from December - a paradise for kitesurfing!
PHOTO - De Silva Windresort
THE SET-UPThe flat water lagoon is just one-and-a-half metres at its deepest, so is ideal for all levels. You can quickly switch to ocean riding by popping over the sandbar. Launch directly from the De Silva centre who also run transfers to vis-a-vis sandbank for easiest entry and launch.
Kite excursions include the 90 minute boat trip to Paradise Island for insane constant wind and flat water conditions. Go for the day or stay overnight in hammocks. Alternatively 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. There’s also a very small lagoon called Kapaldi where you might be able to ride if there is enough space on the day – catch a tuctuc there. Beginners should bring surf shoes as there can be some sharp shells – you can also borrow them from De Silva.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATERTwo main seasons: the main summer wind season is May – October with kiting almost everyday in at least 15 knots, regularly 20 - 25 at the height of season in June. Side-onshore winds from the southwest can get up to 35 knots. Cross-shore winter winds from December to March are generally lighter at 12 to 20 knots in the afternoon. 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 (factor 50 highly advised!) with the water simmering at 26°C / 79°F.
WindGURU Forecast - Kalpitiya
ACCOMMODATIONThe range of accommodation is from the very basic up to the luxurious. Bear in mind it’s best to be near the lagoon, otherwise you’ll need lengthy tuctuc rides. If you’re a beginner look for resorts that offer free boat shuttles.
PHOTOS - De Silva Windresort
SCHOOLSDE SILVA WINDRESORT located right on Kalpitiya lagoon teach all levels all year and have over 20 years instructing experience. Top Ozone kitesurfing equipment available, gear storage,rescue boat, free boatshuttle to vis-a-vis sandbank, chillout terrace, free 4G wifi, restaurant, cabanas and hotel rooms. Lots of other tours and excursions too.
Languages spoken by instructors: English, German, Singhalese. Accredited by: VDWS
+94 777 047817
PHOTO - De Silva Windresort
+44 (0) 844 811 8489
+44 (0) 1273 844919
NO WINDDiscover the roots of Buddhism and Ayurveda as well as lots of UNESCO world heritage sites. The Wilpattu national park features Leopards and is just two hours away. Recommended trips include the ‘Cultural Triangle’ of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla. Take a few days to journey to the east coast from Kandy to Ella on one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, through the Ceylon tea highlands. Hit the famous Arugum Bay on the east coast for incredible surf. During the winter dolphins and whales can be seen close to the west coast as they migrate south. Alternatively snorkel the reef, SUP in the mangroves, play volleyball or relax by the pool.
GET AROUNDThere is no mass tourism and kiting tourism only really developed in the last three years. A very native region, it’s a relaxing escape (but it helps if you kite!). The nearest small village with convenience store etc. is three kilometres away and the nearest big village with pharmacies, banks ATMs and telecom shops is ten kilometres. Take taxis or tuctucs to wherever you need to go. Hiring a car is possible from local companies, but driving is a bit different to what you may be used to!
CURRENCYSri Lankan Rupee (LKR) - £1 = LKR200 / €1 = LKR150 / $1 = LKR133
FOOD AND DRINKThere are a few very simple restaurants in the villages and only basic shops. People usually eat in the resorts, hotels or kite camps. Be warned that when eating out the food is very hot, especially the curries and Kottus. De Silva offer a full- board package, including BBQ evenings and cooking shows and also have a surfbar where non-guests are welcome too.
AIRPORTThe Colombo Bandaranaike International airport (CMB) is 2.5 – 3.5 hour transfer. Your accommodation will organise your transfer.
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