What to do and see in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka: The Best Places and Tips

July 26, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

Kalpitiya (Sinhalese: කල්පිටිය, translit. Kalpiṭiya, Tamil: கற்பிட்டி, translit. Kaṟpiṭṭi) is located in Puttalam district, North Western province of Sri Lanka. It is known for its serene beauty. It consists of 14 islands. It has a total area of 16.73 km. The people of Kalpitiya are mostly fishermen. It is now developing as an attractive tourist destination.
Restaurants in Kalpitiya

1. Kalpitiya Diving Center

Kalpitiya 61358, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 72 reviews

Kalpitiya Diving Center

Kalpitiya Diving Center (KDC) is an identical base location for safe diving and exploring typical Sri Lankan coral reef and reef fishes. Recreational divers can learn scuba diving and make guided dive trips to most scenic reef destinations in Kalpitiya. We organize short term PADI-DSD courses associated with pool training sessions for beginners and helps them to have guided comfortable diving experience with exploring hundreds of colorful creatures living at the distinct locations of Kalpitiya bar reef and surrounding hotspots.

Reviewed By Timo_Gubbens_01 - Leiden, The Netherlands

We enjoyed staying with Sam and Nilou very much. The bungalow next to the dive center is great for if you come with young kids. The diving with Sam was also great. I saw some nice stuff, such as turtles, Napoleon wrasses and some huge rays. A very nice place indeed!

2. Ocean Lanka Kalpitiya

Kudawa Beach Point | Near Sha Beach Resort, Kalpitiya 61360, Sri Lanka +94 71 082 2231
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Ocean Lanka Kalpitiya

We provide...... boat trips, diving excursions, dolphin boat tours, mangrove tours, Eco tours, snorkling trips, bar reef exploration.

Reviewed By westerwanderer

Clearly far behind the global curve for cetacean watching. The way the boats ride up on dolphins at full speed, altering their behaviour and movement would be unacceptable in most other countries. Guides do not speak English, do not care about the dolphins or any other wildlife, have zero facts or interesting tidbits and in our case, cut the trip 1.5 hours short. The trip is literally just a boat ride in a dinghy for roughly 3 hours and about 10-15 minutes of dolphin harassment. Thank goodness they only go in the morning so the dolphins get a break in the afternoon and evening.
If you read this and continue anyways with the tour remember what you have read here. You will regret doing the tour - I guarantee it.

3. Visit Kalpitiya Tours & Holidays

Beach Road | Sethawadiya, Kalpitiya 61360, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 17 reviews

Visit Kalpitiya Tours & Holidays

Kalpitiya is a beatiful and booming tourism location in Sri Lanka. It has been discovered for a best place to see dolphins and suitable for kite Surfing as well because of the flat water lagoon. We are in Kalpitiya to help the guests by arranging * Hotels & Accommodations * Day Tours & Activites * Package Tours * Safari and Dolphin Watching * Sightseeing * Airport Transfer & Taxi Service

Reviewed By MarkV68 - Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Excellent all round from the initial mail approach, the hotel visit to discuss options and the event itself. We went dolphin watching and saw literally hundreds. A little of the beaten track but well worth the trip to Kalpitiya.

4. Epic Encounters Dive & Adventure Centre

Kandakuliya, Kalpitiya 61360, Sri Lanka
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Epic Encounters Dive & Adventure Centre

"Epic Encounters", is a dive and adventure center based in Kalpitiya Sri Lanka. Epic Encounters is the only stop you need to make to experience the many wonders of the seas on the west coast of Sri Lanka. We are the only certified dive centre in Kalpitiya, and our goal is to introduce adventurous travelers to the diverse oceanic wildlife, in the seas bordering the Kalpitiya peninsula.

Reviewed By Mala H - Michigan

We went on a dolphin watching tour and saw many animals. That was an amazing experience. I booked the tour in advance and Manura, the manager responded to all my email inquiries promptly. Manura is extremely knowledgeable about dolphins and very friendly. I highly recommend this fantastic company!

5. Charming Tour drivers

Kalpitiya 61360, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 12 reviews

Charming Tour drivers

We, at Charming Tours, have been in the forefront of the Sri Lankan tourism industry since 2011. Among the host of services on offer, one key service is arranging tours and transportation for holidaying couples, honeymooners, families, friends plus special transportation arrangements for individual traveler, not to mention the like of nature lovers.

Reviewed By Mariomedalion - Madrid, Madrid, Spain

The honesty and exquisite attention of Chamara Fernando is simply out of this world. He always is on alert to make you experience and see amazing things. He tries his best to always come thorough and offer you the time of your life. He is great at getting you the best price in everything, seriously everything.
He is also a great driver, and has a very comfortable ride.
I chose initially to hire his services a couple of days. The difference in my trip with him was so great, that I hired his services for my whole stay.
I would highly recommend him, he truly is an amazing guide and a great travel companion, yes travel companion I said. His humanity is amazingly powerful and he turns on you to the point of considering him a guide to a travel companion
If I ever go back to Sri Lanka, I will hire Chamin Tours again, no doubt about it.

6. Kitesurfing Lanka

Dutch Bay Road | Dutch Bay Road, Kalpitiya 61358, Sri Lanka
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Kitesurfing Lanka

Reviewed By Balan1963 - Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India

Though the place is famous for kitesurfing, I led a group of friends from India to Kalpitiya for dolphin watching. We stayed in Kitesurfing Kalpitiya and went for dolphin watching and then snorkelling. The camp is beautiful... nice and simple food... And nowhere else did I enjoy such freedom.. Dil and his team are really friendly and helpful.

7. Dutch Church, Kalpitiya

KalpitiyaFort, Kalpitiya 61360, Sri Lanka
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4 based on 28 reviews

Dutch Church, Kalpitiya

Reviewed By robertolong - Turin, Italy

The building is not as elegant as the one in Galle, and the location is very modest, But it is a second attraction in Kalpitiya, after the fort. I think the third is a cup of ginger tea in a muslim cafeteria close to the local mosquee.

8. Margarita Village Kitesurfing School and Kite Camp

Kalpitiya 61300, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 7 reviews

Margarita Village Kitesurfing School and Kite Camp

Margarita Village is a kite camp that organize many activities to do in Kalpitiya during all the year! Dolphin watching Snorkeling Diving Fishing Kitesurfing lessons Kitesurfing trips Downwinds River boat Safaris Wilpattu Nattional Park Safaris

Reviewed By Kuba P

We spent in Margarita Village 2 fantastic weeks. Very chillout place located close to lagoon. Our kite teachers Eusebi and Ruben very patient guys:) my friend finaly start kiting and I masterd my technic. Several times went with
boat to magic spot, great place and lot of wind. This june coming back.

9. Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park

Kalpitiya Road | Thihaliya, Eththale, Kalpitiya 61360, Sri Lanka +94 77 753 0542
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park

Reviewed By stf742015 - Singapore, Singapore

Spent 1 night in 2 of Ruwala's "newest" bungalows. Having traveled throughout South and SE Asia, I can confidently say this was THE most mis-priced lodging experience. I've spent $15/day and $500/day and never felt more ripped off than at Ruwala.
The staff, particularly the chef were accommodating and tried hard, but being led by a buffoon of a manager, they were ill equipped to handle even modest requests. Even local tourists, at whom this eco "resort" is targeted, would struggle to find much to applaud.
Room's we were given had dirty towels (we found more stuffed in the closet) and the faucets in the shower and sink were totally stained, as if they hadn't been properly cleaned after the recent work on the room. The room itself wasn't even complete, with the lofted viewing deck patched up with styrofoam/polystyrene. Birds and other animals pecked and clawed at the crude covering all night, showering my wife and I with little styrofoam shavings.
And if you're attracted to Kalpitya (as I was) by the variety of developing water-based activities, Ruwala is NOT the way to go. You face the large lagoon and most activities you might wish to try require a car ride to the beach/seaside (e.g. whale watching, diving, kite surfing).
Oh and did I mention the bugs on our bed and pillow?? I was told some of the small hotels open and which face the sea are nice and it seemed so when we tried Ruwala's totally under-powered 25hp boat to go dolphin watching.
If you want the convenience of beach access and clean linens and towels, look elsewhere! Ruwala is NOT for you.

10. Surfpoint Sri Lanka Kite Village

Saphire Kite Village, Kandakuliya, Kudawa, Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 7 reviews

Surfpoint Sri Lanka Kite Village

Surfpoint Sri Lanka offers kiteboarding lessons in Kalpitiya. Our IKO-certified instructors set the highest standards of both teaching and riding while maintaining an open, safe and relaxed atmosphere. Our focus is to ensure that our students learn everything they need to know to practice kite-boarding safely and confidently.

Reviewed By Pascal S

My girlfriend took her first kitesurf lessons at surfpoint. The teacher did an awesome job and she improved very fast! Also the renting material is top quality and the stuff os very helpful. For kitesurfing in sri lanka i would definetly go back to surfpoint!Thanks Pascal It was great to meet you guys)

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