Some tips when travelling to Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka

After spending 3 years living in Kalpitiya, I have no doubt that it is a destination of Kite that is growing very fast, and this place does not leave anyone indifferent. Although more and more people come to kite, mass tourism has not yet arrived and the area is still to be developed at a tourist level, which makes it a unique place of special beauty.

Kalpitiya is a peninsula about 40 km long, which goes from Puttalam to the same town that also bears the name Kalpitiya and which is at the end of the peninsula, where the main kite schools are located.

The main attraction of Kalpitiya at the level of kitesurfing is the flat and shallow water of the surrounding lagoons. Traditionally, fishing families have lived for many generations in this place and daily take their small boats to catch fish, prawns and crabs. They always have a smile for us, those lunatics who glide through the water with a board and a sail very similar to the one they use for their fishing boat. However, despite the hospitality of the local people, coexistence between traditional fishing and this emerging sport is not always easy, especially in the smaller lagoons.

In the Kappaladi lagoon, for example, the kitesurfing schedule is allowed until 5 o’clock in the afternoon. As of this hour it is the local fishermen who have the right to use and launch their nets in search of some good catch. This does not happen in the Kalpitiya lagoon, where fishermen are rewarded their fishing hours lost by other income obtained through services to kite schools. Lately, some of us practice kitesurfing in the immense Puttalam lagoon, where there are no kite schools, but the constant wind, the subliminal landscape and the uniqueness of the place makes it worthwhile.

In Kalpitiya there are many places to practice Kitesurfing. Apart from the Kalpitiya, Puttalam or Kappaladi lagoons, which are flat water, the best kite spots are found on the islands located north of Kalpitiya, where Vella Island would take away all the prizes. Vella Island is a very small island that on one side has sea and on the other side is the flat water of the lagoon. When it’s windy the conditions for freestyle in this place are perfect. However, Vella is not a good place for those who are learning, especially in the season from May to October, when the wind is offshore in the lagoon. The island is about 50 minutes by boat from Kalpitiya and you can go and return in the same day. The main schools of kitesurfing charge up to 45-50 dollars per person but can be reached by other means at a much more reasonable price. Another place to stand out is Donkey Point, a cape located about 10 km south of the town of Kalpitiya and place that many choose to surf between waves.

The Kite season

The main seasons for kitesurfing go from May to October, with wind throughout the day, about 18-20 knots on average and from December to March, where good wind blows in the afternoon. Between one season and another, the direction of the wind changes completely. In the season that goes from December to March the sea is calm and it is the best time to do diving, snorkeling, or go see dolphins or whales, so if it is not windy you can do many other activities. There is also the option throughout the year to schedule a safari in the Wilpattu National Park or visit the sacred city of Anuradhapura, as they are quite close to Kalpitiya.

* The full moon usually affects quite a lot the wind conditions in Kalpitiya and about 3-4 days before and after the full moon it is not usually windy.

Accommodation
If you do not mind the price you are going to pay and you are looking for an all-inclusive resort, food, breakfast and dinner, and also take you directly to the kite area, the best option is to stay at one of the main kitesurf schools located in front of the lagoon , since they all offer Full Board accommodation.

If instead you are looking for something cheaper and also want to have more freedom of time, to enter and leave the hotel, eat, dine, etc, or kite at different spots and at your own pace, you can find other options on booking.com, as the Margarita Village kite school, located also very near to the kite spot

 

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SRI LANKA KITESURFING REPORT 2017

Hi guys,

Now it’s been 4 years since I live in Kalpitiya and that´s because it´s a great spot for kitesurfing. I am really fed up of reading everywhere that kalpitiya is very gusty. People who says that KAlpitiya is gusty is because they have been only in the KAlpitiya lagoon. The peninsula of Kalpitiya is more than 100 Km large and there is good wind everywhere.

It is true that in kalpitiya lagoon, during the summer season, the wind is coming from a huge coconut tree area that can affects the wind , however it is still great comparing other spots! Also, from December to end-Febrary-beg March, it is a thermic wind and it is coming directly from the ocean so it is super steady wind!

Last summer season was great comparing 2016, especially during the months of May and June. During July, August and September we also had good wind but in August we have been 5 days without any wind. There was also one week in July with very light wind, so I had to use my 17 m kite.
A part from these days, most of the time I used my Airush union 10 meters kite (18-20 knots), and in May and June I had to use my 7 meters kite during some days (25 knots). (I am 75 Kg )

A part from the main kitesufing spot located in KAlpitiya lagoon, there are other kitesurfing spots with SUPER GOOD WIND
This year I was doing downwinds with friends and clients almost every day. I normally start from Kalpitiya town or from the Dream spot and we go to many islands where the wind is great. Sometimes we do 1 h downwinds or up to 3h!

Here you have all the spots that I go very often:

* Vella Island

Vella Island (paradise island) is located 45 min by boat from Kalpitiya and it is the perfect island for kitesurfing! Probably one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world! BECAREFUL BEGINNERS, OFF SHORE WIND, NEED SAFETY BOAT
Sometimes I do downinds from Kalpitiya to Vella Island (3h), however I rather recommend to go vella by boat …

* Dream spot

Only 25 minutes by boat from Kalpitiya, the dream spot is located on the “Dutch bay”, where the wind is very steady. There, there is narrow strip of sand that separates the ocean and the Puttalam lagoon. In the lagoon there is flat and shallow water with side shore wind.

I also do downwinds from Kalpitiya to the Dream spot by the ocean. During summer season, the ocean is very rough so when we do downwinds, the safety boat can not come with us. However, it is safe to ride on the ocean as there are always onshore winds

* Puttalam lagoon islands

There are many islands on the vast Puttalam lagoon, also with flat and shallow water. I usually end up in one of these islands for my downwinds

* Donkey Point

There are probably no other places in kalpitiya where the wind is so strong and steady as it is on the Donkey point. This spot is located in a cape where you can kite on the ocean. When there is light wind, the donkey point is where I go because here the wind is a little bit stronger than in the lagoon

* Kappaladi lagoon

Small lagoon with very steady wind. Flat and shallow water located only 30 min by vehicle from Kalpitiya. We normally go there either by tuk tuk or motorbike

My place is a small lodge-kite center called Margarita Village (www.kitesurfsrilanka.com)
However, in terms of accommodation, here you have the best places that I can recommend and they also organize downwinds and trips very easily. If you stay in one of them it means that you have chosen well

FACING DIRECTLY THE KALPITIYA LAGOON: Ruuk Village, Sri Lanka kite school, The rascals, Valampuri resort and Sund wind Beach

FACING THE OCEAN: Kitesurfing lanka, Horizon hotel, Surpoint Sri Lanka

Do not expect Kalpitiya with a lot of nightlife and parties. For the moment there is only one place where you can enjoy good music, food and drinks called Lak Laguna bar, with Jessen and Mitch that there are very nice guys and make good parties

Ruben :bye: :bye: :bye: :bye: :bye: :bye: :bye: :bye: :bye:

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Kitesurfing trips to Vella island Kalpitiya

Going to Vella Island for kitesurfing is just an amazing kitesurfing experience. Vella Island  is the best spot for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka and it is located only 45 min by boat from Kalpitiya.

In summer time we go there almost every week as there we can find the best conditions for kitesurfing (flat and shallow water, with very steady wind)

Yet, this isand is very natural and unique. Here we only find local fishermen. There is no electricity nor water supply yet

We normally leave Margarita Village kitesurfing center at around 9 AM. Then, we get a boat and we head north, passing by all the beautiful mangroves area and the unspoiled islands from the Puttalam lagoon. In Vella island we have a beach hut where we keep all our stuff and where we can get some shade.  At around 4 pm we come back again to Kalpitiya. The experience is unique!

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Here you have some photos of our trips to Vella: