Located in the less touristy North, Kalpitiya is a detour from Sri Lanka’s well-trodden ‘cultural triangle’. Providing empty beaches (a world away from the busy southern offerings) and prime kite surfing country. Home to a few families of local fishermen, recent attempts to turn Kalpitiya into a major beachside resort have stalled, so at present, it remains an unspoiled coastal paradise. Our pick of the best places to stay in the Kalpitiya Peninsula are all great for laidback beach living.
Benefitting from its so-called “dry-zone” locality, Kalpitiya does not receive as much rain during the monsoon. Visit between April and October for the best kite surfing conditions.
Dolphin and whale watching trips are an absolute must whilst here. Many of the tour operators claim a “100% guarantee” for dolphin spotting. We like those odds!
Hotels will be happy to organize a day trip to Wilpattu National Park home to elephants, sloth bears, leopards, water buffalo – the list goes on.
Our pick of the best places to stay in the Kalpitya Peninsula are all chic, beach retreats located steps from the ocean.
Still not sure which to book? From a romantic to a family stay browse through our list of the best places to stay in Kalpitiya to start to plan your trip. Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Alankuda,, Kalpitiya Peninsula
Chic resort with over a mile of private beach front. Eco-chic cabins are decorated in a simple yet comfortable style. There is a stunning infinity pool with ocean views and plenty of al fresco dining spots. Fresh fish dishes are on the menu everyday. Popular with families, couples and kite surfers!
Ilanthadiya, Kalpitiya Peninsula
Luxurious tented beach accommodation specialising in dolphin trips and water sports. Nine eclectic tents are dotted around luscious grounds and there are plenty of chic, shady lounge areas to relax. There is a tasty Sri Lankan à la carte menu but chef Nalin is happy to take requests.
Alankuda, Kalpitiya Peninsula
A collection of cabanas and villas metres from the beach. Rooms are decorated with bright, pop colours, a sit out terrace and huge outdoor showers (in some a bath). The restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and fresh seafood. There is a pool and spa. This is barefoot luxury at a reasonable price.
Puttalam District, North Western Province, Kalpitiya Peninsula
Owned by jazz and blues musician Glen Terry this property has plenty of soul. Comprised of private villas and chic loft suites decor is a blend of North African eccentricities and Sri Lankan laid back lounge vibes. Whitewashed walls juxtaposed with rich colours and delightful outdoor baths. Divine.