Undisturbed by excess tourism and rich in its natural beauty, the Kalpitiya Peninsula is one hidden treasure of Sri-Lanka. Surrounded by sea the vast stretches of quiet beaches here are so peaceful and alluring at the same time. It just uplifts your soul.
Kalpitiya is a peninsula set in between the deep lagoon of Puttalam to the east and the magnificent Indian Ocean to the west. The area covers 1673 acres of land distributed among the 14 islands which make up the Kalpitiya Peninsula. The area has a rich history of maritime trade and smuggling during the Portuguese Era and as a military base during the Dutch. The government of Sri-Lanka plans on developing this area as a major tourist attraction with luxury resorts, golf courses and air strips. These plans haven’t really taken off yet leaving this area alone with its natural scenic beauty. Some of the activities that you can also do here while enjoying the beaches are-
Dolphin & Whale Watching – catch an early boat and go see a large no of Spinner Dolphins ridding along you in the waters. Sperm whales and Blue whales are also a major attraction. The best seasons to catch them in action are from December to mid April.
Bar Reef – this is the largest coastal area in Sri-Lanka. It can be reached by an hour’s boat ride from the peninsula. It is a good place for scuba diving and snorkelling. It also makes for a wonderful sight to see some tropical marine life.
Kite surfing – you start with beginner lessons and the winds are best between May and October. It’s an amazing experience and a great attraction of Kalpitiya
A day out – you can also set to explore the other attractions. It talks somewhere from half a day to full day to visit everything. The highlights are St. Anne’s Church, Thalawila, Wilpattu Sanctuary, the Historical Dutch Fort and the ancient city of Anuradhapura.
The coastlines – boat rides and canoe trips are peaceful way of exploring the coastal lines where as if you are looking for some thrill, jeep safaris offer a nice view of the sunset along the deserted sand dunes.
Alankuda Beach – this is the 1st beach developed with the tourism project and offers a variety of activities and boats rides to boost the tourism for the place.
Accommodations are easily available and the local population is very friendly and happy to mingle with you. You can sit at a bonfire along with them while they talk about their lives and the history of the peninsula while sharing a home cooked meal with them. It is a place where you will feel rig