You have thought about making a kite trip to Kalpitiya but you still haven’t decided yet? This post aims to provide information about the Kalpitiya lagoon, the best-known kitesurf spot in Sri Lanka to learn kitesurf
Kalpitiya is a peninsula that is more than 60 km long, and when it is windy there are many spots where you can practice kite. The Kalpitiya lagoon is where the kite schools are, as this spot is great to learn and progress. The flat, shallow water of the Kalpitiya Lagoon makes it a very easy spot to learn kite. In addition, the kitesurfing schools have rescue boats in case you have to practice rescues, so it is a super safe spot for beginners.
There is a strip of sand between the Indian Ocean and the lagoon. This strip of sand is the place where the schools teach. There are no hotels or restaurants on this beach and we only have “beach huts” that initially belong to fishermen. In general, the spot is still in development and does not have appropriate tourist facilities, such as a public bathroom; however, this makes the area preserve its authenticity and is quite an adventure to come kite to this lagoon. There is also no asphalted road so it is sometimes difficult to access. Main kite schools use a boat for crossing the lagoon. Whether by jeep or boat, it will always be an extraordinary adventure to kite in the Kalpitiya lagoon.
If you are a beginner and come to kite on your own, you should know that the kite spot is safe, however, depending on the season the wind direction is Side-Off shore, so if you have a problem and cannot relaunch the kite, the wind will drag you to the other side of the lagoon (coconut palms area in the Setthawadi neighborhood). To avoid these scares, we always recommend that you locate a kite school to keep an eye on you.
During the summer, the wind blows 24 hours a day, but we always recommend kiting between 9 am and 5 pm, as it is when the schools have the rescue bots’ service. In winter, the wind is thermal and begins to blow from 12 o’clock approximately until 17h.
We hope you have had an idea about the kitesurfing conditions in the Kalpitiya lagoon, and if you have more questions, please send us an email to ask us!
Kalpitiya: the kite spot in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has become in recent years one of the fastest growing countries in the world. The flat-water spots and its constant wind during most of the year make it an obligatory destination for kite lovers.
The best-known kite spot in Sri Lanka is in Kalpitiya, a traditional peninsula of fishermen located about 2 hours and a half from Negombo airport. We can say that Kalpitiya is one of the most rural areas of Sri Lanka and so far quite isolated due to the civil war that the country suffered until 2009. Thanks to the sighting of dolphins and the arrival of kitesurfers, the area is developing and is becoming one of the top kitesurfing destinations worldwide. There are two seasons of wind. During the summer months, from May to October, a southwest component wind blows, with an average of 18 to 25 knots, 24 hours a day. Sri Lanka is the only country in Asia where during the summer months we can practice kitesurfing with these wind conditions. This is another of the reasons that have made Sri Lanka one of the main kite spots in Asia.
On the other hand, during the winter months, there is a very stable northwesterly thermal wind with an average of between 14 and 20 knots. During this winter season, from December to March, the wind blows only in the afternoons from 12 noon and onwards.
In the mornings, you can go snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as go to see dolphins or visit the Wilpattu National Park.
In addition to the very good wind conditions, this kite spot still retains a singularity and a very authentic character. Contrary to what happens in other areas of Sri Lanka, especially in the south, tourism has not yet developed and those who come to kitesurf to Kalpitiya discover a rural and authentic Sri Lanka. We can say in general that, yes, Lanka is one of the best kite destinations in the world.
Kalpitiya is also very close to the Wilpattu National Park with vegetation and fauna that is unique in the world. If you decide to do a safari, you can see crocodiles, leopards and elephants.
From Kalpitiya, we can also make some space for a day trip to the sacred city of Anuradhapura, which is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
If you are passionate about kitesurfing and you like to live new adventures, if you are a nature lover and want to discover new cultures, Sri Lanka will be your best kite destination