Kalpitiya Beach, villages, Dolphins, Lagoons and Bar Reef
Kalpitiya lies north of Colombo just three hours drive from the capital city of Colombo is a rural town with Portuguese and Dutch influence. Kalpitiya is home for some pristine beaches inhabited by Turtles and rural fishing villages. It is ideal to visit Kalpitiya during the months of December to March when it’s sea is calm, making it the ideal place to go Dolphin and Whale watching off the coast in the Indian Ocean.
Kalpitiya Lagoon is a bio diversity hot spot where one could see many verities of birds by taking a boat ride with a villager and fishing islands dotted in the lagoon where one could make a visit to understand the fishermen way of life. Fishermen catching fish using traditional nets are of common and beautiful sight in Kalpitiya lagoon.
Kalpitiya boasts many eco and rustic type of accommodation options by the beach and by the lagoon where one could take on Kite Surfing from May to October. Being a beach and lagoon fronted, Kalpitiya is one of the best places to taste mouth watering seafood cooked in Sri Lankan style.
That is not all, world famous Bar Reef, Sri Lanka’s largest Coral Reef lies just 30 minutes boat ride off the coast of Kalpitiya is an awe-inspiring location for divers and snorkelers. Not to forget Sri Lanka’s largest national park, Wilpattu, is just 2 hours from Kalpitiya. Now it is possible to access Wilpattu National Park by the lagoon in a boat and do a Leopard watching safari and come back by boat in the evening, a great way to explore off the beaten path.
Undoubtedly, Kalpitiya is one of the best places where you could interact with locals and take part in sustainable community based activities such as boating with a village fishermen to explore the lagoon fishing islands and bird watching.