The Kalpitiya peninsula lies an hour north of Negombo, sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the Puttalam Lagoon. Along the 40km long spit, interspersed by sleepy fishing hamlets, lie quiet, unspoilt beaches which have yet to see any form of commercialisation.

Kalpitiya is fast becoming a popular destination for adventure seekers. November to April is when the seas are at their calmest and this period is excellent for dolphin and whale watching. Of particular note are the super-pods of spinner dolphin which can number in their thousands. From May to October, the winds pick up with the onset of the monsoon and turns it into a kite-surfers paradise. Offshore, the Bar Reef Marine Sanctuary, Sri Lanka's largest reef offers excellent diving and snorkelling.


Things to do in Kalpitiya:

* Kalpitiya Dolphin Watching & Whale Watching

* Snorkeling in the Bar Reef

* Visit Sellankandal village

* Kite Surfing

* Scuba Diving

* Bird Watching at Anawilundawa Wetland or Nawadakulama Tank 

* Visit the Munneswaram Temple

Best time to visit Kalpitiya is from December to April

Distance and travel times from Kalpitiya to some key cities; 

Distance from Kalpitiya to Wilpattu is about 120 km and travel time is 2 to 2.5 hours

Distance from Kalpitiya to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is about 146 km and travel time is 3.5 to 4 hours.

Distance from Kalpitiya to Colombo is about 174 km and travel time is 4 to 4.5 hours.

Distance from Kalpitiya to Kandy is about 174 km and travel time is 4 to 4.5 hours

Distance from Kalpitiya to Sigiria is about 187 km and travel time is 4 to 4.5 hours

For any other location you can use the distance calculator on the side bar.

Written by Jonathan Roelofsz for TLC.lk

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