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Sri Lanka - Kalpitiya, Indian Ocean & SE Asia

Thirty miles off the south coast of India lies Sri Lanka, an island rapidly developing its reputation for culture and wind-sports over recent years. Whilst supported by an abundance of ancient history, wildlife and World Heritage sites, the island boasts a twin season with consistent winds and endless flat water lagoon riding in the north-west waters of Kalpitiya and Mannar, around 3 hours drive from Colombo airport. Here you can discover the roots of Buddhism and Ayurveda. Combined with timeless ruins, welcoming people, fun trains, famous tea and bold flavours make Sri Lanka a popular choice for the cultural sailor.

Sailing Spot and Conditions
Nestled away on the secluded north-west coast of Sri Lanka, within the Puttalam region is the small village of Kalpitiya, home to the vast waist-deep Kalpitiya Lagoon, known as ‘Big Lagoon’. A long and narrow, pristine sandbar protects the lagoon from the open waters of the Indian Ocean providing a sheltered playground with a multitude of downwind excursions, for all levels of riders. Top this off with a butter-flat secret island spot, you’ll see what all the hype is about. South-westerly trade winds blow consistently throughout the main summer season offering 20-25 knot riding conditions almost every day of the week - also known to reach up to 35 knots in the peak month of June. A second season blows from December – March, stamping Kalpitiya as one of the most consistently windy destinations in the world! There is also Kappalady lagoon, a sheltered smaller lagoon with flatter water than Kalpitiya lagoon. Same south-westerly winds.

Culture and Activities
When not on the water you can enjoy activities such as whale and dophin watching, bird watching, ayurvedic treatments or explore by bicycle or on a boat tour. Sri Lanka is known for is stunning landscapes. A vist to Wilpattue National park and tour of the Cultural Triangle to take in World heritage sites such as Anuradhapura / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya are a must. Sportif Travel are Sri Lanka experts and can organised tours before, during or after you stay at Kaptipiya or Manna with your personal guide, all transfers, accommodation included. See our example itinerary of one of the most popular tours below:


Sri Lanka Mini Tour – 3 nights 
(other durations available)

Habarana / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya / Kandy / Pinnawala / Katunayake

Day 01: Arriving at Colombo Airport you’ll be met by our local agent and transferred directly to Habarana (approx. 4 hr drive). Dinner and overnight stay at the Danawwa Resort, Habarana.

Day 02: After breakfast, leave for Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th-13th Century A.D. (approx. 1 hr drive). Here you’ll see many interesting attractions such as Parakrama Statue, Royal Palaces, Thuparama, Vata-da-ge, Rankoth Vehera, Kiri-Vehera, Gal-Vihara, Lankathilaka and more.

Continue on to Sigiriya to climb the 500ft, 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky”, once a grand palace (approx. 1 hr drive / 2 hr visit).
Continue to Kandy (approx. 3 hr drive) for dinner and overnight stay at the Serene Grand Kandy.

Day 03: After breakfast visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Buddha’s Tooth and considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.
Thereafter, leave for Katunayake via the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, (approx. 1 hr drive), home to more than 40 rescued elephants.

Continue on to Katunayake (approx. 2 hr drive) for dinner and overnight stay at the Ramada Airport Hotel.

Day 04: Early morning transfer to the Airport for onward flight (approx. 15 mins drive).



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Sailing Conditions

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Great Reasons to go to Kalpitiya - Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean.

Best Time:  May to October, with a second winter season Dec to March.
Average air temp:  30°C / 86°F
Average watertemp:  26°C / 79°F
Launch: Long sandbar protecting Kalpitiya Lagoon from the Ocean.
Wind Direction: Kapitiya Lagoon SW cross-onshore from right.
Wind Type: Consistent trade wind May to October usually 5-6 days a week.
Shorebreak: None.
Water Conditions: Flat water inshore to slight chop and wave spots offshore. 
Safety: Rescue boats at centres. Booties advised.
Suitability: All levels.

  • Flat water lagoon sailing area.
  • Kite Centres with rental, instruction, excursions and downwinders.
  • Specialist VDWS Windsurf centre.
  • SUP and surf excursions.
  • Resorts with swimming pool, yoga and aruyvedic spa.
  • Budget surfers eco lodges to luxury spa hotels.
  • Family friendly with child supervision.
  • Extension and cultural tours of Sri Lanka from 3 nights +.




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