If you’ve read the About Us, you were probably expecting an article about kiteboarding in Sri Lanka or any other water sport. Andrei did his part of the research and found out that Sri Lanka is actually one of the best places to kite in Southern Asia. Furthermore, it’s considered by IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) the most exotic kiteboarding destination in Asia.
Where to do kiteboarding in Sri Lanka?
If you read travel guides about Sri Lanka, you will notice that all of them mention the southern beaches or the central mountain villages as attraction points. But if you’re interested in kiteboarding, the best area is north-west, around Kalpitiya village.
To be honest, I didn’t have it planned to learn how to kiteboard anytime soon, even if this was Andrei’s dream. But once we arrived there, we discovered the best place to learn how to do it.
Kalpitiya is located on one side next to an enormous lagoon with flat water and mostly good wind. On the other side, there’s the ocean for more experienced riders. In other words, the best environment to learn and practice this sport without facing any inconvenience. The area is very quiet and not touristy.
Weather conditions for kiteboarding in Sri Lanka
There are two seasons in Sri Lanka, summer season (May to October) and winter season (December to March). The best season to come to Kalpitiya is the summer season, when the wind averages at 18 to 20 knots. In the winter season, the wind is not that constant.
But the advantage of the area is that it allows you to change your location to kiteboard depending on the wind. There are some areas where there’s wind almost all the time.
There are 6 possible locations to kite around Kalpitiya: Kalpitiya Lagoon, Donkey Spot, Vella Island, Dream Spot, Puttalam Lagoon, and Kappalady Lagoon.
For example, on a day with no wind at Kalpitiya Lagoon, we went on a boat ride to Dream Spot. There, the wind was constant. Another day, we went to the Donkey Spot where there were at least 25 knots.
Level: Beginner to Experienced
Wetsuit: No need
Water temperature: 26-29°C
Where to stay in Kalpitiya
While the village is full of kite schools, the best one to recommend is Margarita Village. We spent there 10 days, while I did the 9-hour beginners course. The place is simply paradise, with nice huts and a huge garden. They also have a restaurant where you can serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Besides that, they provide free transportation every morning to the lagoon.
The owners are two Spanish friends who went on a holiday to Sri Lanka and fell in love with it. Eventually, they moved there and set the base to the best kite school in Sri Lanka.
Check out their website to find out more about what they offer and don’t hesitate to book with them.
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