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What are the most amazing Kitesurfing Spots in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka is one of the top kitesurfing destinations in the world with flat water. Furthermore there are many kite spots with very good and steady wind perfect either for beginners or advanced riders. In this website you will find a complete guide with all the information about kitesurfing in Sri Lanka and what are the most amazing kitesurfing spots around! Are you wondering where to kite in Sri Lanka? Come for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka and discover the best kitesurfing locations! There are few destinations in the world like Sri Lanka, an amazing country with many interesting places to visit.
Sri Lanka is becoming more and more famous tourism destination every day. Why is that? Well, this is an amazing country where you can find many UNESCO heritage places, some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world and a very tasty local food. Furthermore, there are many different activities that you can do like surfing, trekking, climbing and especially kitesurfing.
Sri Lanka also got ranked as one of the best kitesurfing destination worldwide. Why does Sri Lanka beats all the other spots as a kitesurfing destination? Sri Lanka offers you the perfect kitesurfing conditions: Flat water in many lagoons, steady wind conditions and good wind during nine months per year! Sri Lanka endows you richly, no matter if you are a beginner or an advanced kitesurfer – In Sri Lanka you will find just the perfect kite spots, to go nuts on the waters – in a very postive way 🙂
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When is the best time to kitesurf in Sri Lanka?
The main kitesurfing season in Sri Lanka is from May until October. During main season we celebrate days of constant and very reliable wind. The wind rises up between 18 and 30 knots, which turns each day to an exciting kitesurfing adventure in its very own way due to the interactive play between you and and the power of wind.
The best time to go kitesurfing in Sri Lanka is also from December until March. It is also a festive season in Kalpitiya because the wind won‘t let you down during these days, so we kiters from head to toe celebrate these days on the water. Even though, when the wind force drops a little, you will be facing steady days of wind with 14 until 20 knots.
Kitesurfing has become very famous in Sri Lanka due to its amazing kitesurfing spots and because it is windy almost 9 months of the year! With these conditions every day more and more kitesurfers come to this amazing kitesurfing destination and travel around trying to find the best kite spots in Sri Lanka.
When you made it to Sri Lanka, you only need to head up northwest along the costside from Negombo to Jaffna. At the end of the peninsula of Kalpitiya, you will find your kitesurfing destination in Sri Lanka. Welcome to Kalpitiya, a small fisherman villages with lagoons, shallowed water and islands around, which transform this place into the kitesurfing heaven on earth. From Kalpitiya you will have the perfect starting base to discover the best spots to do kitesurfing in Sri Lanka.
Kalpitiya welcomes you with a quiet environment, surrounded by sublime nature and it takes you back to the Sri Lakan roots again, far away from mass tourism.
List of some of the best Sri Lankan kitesurfing spots
Down here we show you what are the best kite spots in Sri Lanka to take in mind when you plan your next kite holidays to this amazing kitesurfing destination. Most of the next kite spots are located in the west coast, however there are very good beaches where to kite also in the south coast and east coast.
Kalpitiya lagoon is so far the most famous kite spot in Sri Lanka. In this lagoon you can kite during the 2 kitesurfing seasons, however in winter season the wind is steadier than in summer season
From May to October the wind is stronger, but it comes a little bit gustier due to the wind direction. By the other hand in winter season the wind comes from the ocean side, so it is super steady! Anyway, both seasons are great to kite in Kalpitiya lagoon. Furthermore, if you are a beginner or you are in your first steps of kitesurfing, Kalpitiya is the best choice to lean kitesurfing in Sri Lanka. Many schools are located nearby, and it is quite easy to organise some kite lessons. If you are a bloody beginner, then you will be completely in love with Kalpitiya lagoon! You will be able to stand up in many places
Recommendation: there are some sharp shells in the lagoon so be ready to protect your feet with some water shoes, specially if you are a beginner! It is not very common to get hurt but if you are unlucky, you don´t want to step in one of this sharp stuff and to end up in the hospital!
This island is yet not well known in Sri Lanka, this is the reason we mark it second on the list due to it is an incredible and authentic spot. There are no other kiters around and it is like kiting in paradise. Ippantivu island, recently called “mini Vella” is located in the middle of Puttalam lagoon and we can get there by boat from kalpitiya (around 30 minutes). This spot is smaller than Vella island however the wind in summer timer could be stronger due to the venturi effect. Perfect spot for kitesurfing! Up to know, Margarita kite school is one of the few schools organizing a kite trips to Ippantivu island.
Recommendation: Because of its location, there is a ventury effect that makes Ippantivu a very windy kite spot, specially if you go to the choppi area between the island and the Ducth Bay. You will feel how strong is the wind at this point in the middle of the channel!
This is one of the most known kite spots in Sri Lanka and probably the best. Vella island is located in front of the Wilpattu National park and one hour away by boat from Kalpitiya. Vella is really an authentic paradise for kitesurfing! It is a huge sand bar with super flat water. The wind is really steady and it it is the perfect spot for advanced riders. You can reach this wonderful, rural and untouched island within an hour boat ride from Kalpitiya. The boat ride to Vella will be such an adventure because it is located just in front of the Wilpattu National park. Vella Island is the must do kite spot in Sri Lanka. The reputation of this kite spot hurries ahead! You will find white, sandy beaches with super flat water! Vella can be entitled justified as the best spot to do kitesurfing in Sri Lanka. Vella presents a really authentic paradise for kitesurfing-lovers! It is recommended to come here with an intermediate kite level, to take full advantage of this trip because due to the very steady and strong wind at Vella, it would make it a bit more difficult for beginners.
Recommendation: Wind completely offshore! Not suitable for beginners. In Vella island the wind is stronger than in Kalpitiya lagoon (around 5 more knots) so be ready to bring your smaller kites! It is more worthy to go to Vella Island in summer season rather than in winter season. In winter, the wind comes late and it is not so strong as in summer
The Dream spot is located in the Dutch Bay and it is around 15-20 minutes away from Kalpitiya. Unlike other kite spots in Sri Lanka, you can kite in the Dream Spot all the year around when it is windy. Some other kitesurfing spots in sri lanka like the Navy Point you can go only in winter time, because in summer time is too choppy.
The Dream spot has flat water all the year around. It is seriously the crown jewel because it offers you vast, spacious room to ride. One big advantage about the Dream Spot is as well that you can kite here all year long when it is windy. Thinking of very rare days in pick season, where the wind drops a little or gets a bit gusty at Kalpitiya lagoon, you can still you to Dream Spot because here the wind stays steady, which is why with this spot, there is a little dream coming true. Dream spot is probably among all the kite spots in Sri Lanka, the one that will never disappoint you
Another huge plus of great kitesurfing days at the Dream Spot is, that you will find flat water which makes it easy to overlook the place and unlike the most other kitesurfing spots in Sri Lanka, you will be served at Dream Spot with side-shore winds, which makes this place also suitable for beginners
This small lagoon is perfect for freestyle and it is a good spot to learn kitesurfing too. The wind is also very steady and it is the perfect spot to progress in kitesurfing. You will be confronted with the perfect conditions in this lagoon for freestylers and as well for beginners. It is worthy to make a one day trip from Kalpitiya ro Kappaladi lagoon. For those kiters who like to make downwinds, it is possible to make a downwind trip from the Kappaladi lagoon to the Kalpitiya lagoon by the ocean. The wind is all the time side on-shore
Recommendation: Kappaladi lagoon has super steady wind in summer season and it is also a perfect destination to learn kitesufing. If you are an advanced rider, the best time to kite in Kappaladi lagoon is from 12 to 3 pm, when other resorts & schools are taking a break! During this time , you will find the lagoon less crowded and perfect to kite. By the other hand, in winter season the wind is not good in Kappaladi and you are not able to kite
This kite spot is located at the end of the “Duch Bay” and it is the perfect kite trip to do in winter time. It takes around 40 minutes to get to the Navy Point from Kalpitiya lagoon. Like Ippantivu island, this is a flat water spot from December to March and during summer time it is a very choppi, that is the reason that it is worthy to go only in winter time.
Recommendation: Navy Point is the perfect starting point for a downwind trip to the Dream spot in winter season.
If you are a wave raider, this is the best kite spot in Kalpitiya to do kitesurfing in the ocean. The Donkey Point can be reached by car /tuk tuk or motorbike from Kalpitiya , because it is located in a cape approximately 10 km south of Kalpitiya. Once, you‘ve reached the Donkey Point you are able to find very steady and strong winds during both kitesurfing seasons in Sri Lanka. The wind is very steady and it is cross-onshore , which turns it into a quite safe place to do kitesurfing in Sri Lanka, although it is not a spot for beginners due to the conditions of the ocean
You are into wave riding? Well pick this spot. This is not the perfect spot to surf waves because the ocean is very rough, but it is the perfect, refreshing change, regarding to the flat waters around the other kite spots in Kalpitiya.
Arugam Bay doesn‘t count into the same category like the spots mentioned above, but we don‘t like to keep any information from you – This is why we share all our knowlegde with you, to make sure you have an great overview about where to go, which delivers you more quality when you are here.
Unlike the spots mentioned above, Arugam Bay is located on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Arugam Bay is more known as a surfing destination but during windy days it is also possible to do kitesurfing there.
Arugam Bay is located on the east coast and it is a top surfing destination in summer season! Here you will find nice waves for surfing and if you are lucky you can get some days with good wind for kiting 🙂
Adam´s bridge (Mannar)
The Adams bridge consists in a long tong of small islands that separates India and Sri Lanka. Long time ago , India and Sri Lanka were joined by the Adam´s Bridge and nowadays there are only some islands left in this corridor. You can kite in many km of flat water! Can you imagine how windy and beautiful is it? However , the lack of infrastructure and facilities and the fact that it is quite isolated and located quite far from everything, makes it a difficult kitesurfing destination. A part from that, if you like the adventure and you consider yourself a survivor, Adam´s bridge is your spot!
The southern coast of Sri Lanka
North of Sri Lanka you will find the best kitsurfing spots and it is the perfect destination for kitesurfing and relaxing! However, if you are looking to make some shopping, go party or visit some bars or restaurants Kalpitiya is definetly not your place. For that, better you head South!
In the southern coast you will find the most beautiful and touristic beaches in Sri Lanka! Here you will find more social life and facilities than in Kalpitiya. By the other hand, if you are looking for good wind, it is more risky.. as always, we can´t have everything in life!
South of Sri Lanka it is mainly known for surfing but from January to April you can have enough wind for kitesurfing in the afternoon! Although the wind is not so consistent as it is in Kalpitiya and you are not going to kite everyday, you can have in la lucky day the perfect combination between light wind and stable and nice waves.
If you finally head South, bring big kites because the wind is usually very light, around 10-16 knots. Here you have some of the beaches in south Sri Lanka that you could kite in winter season:
Some days in summer season the wind can get really strong in South too. But don‘t expect the same conditions like up in the north because the ocean is very rough at that time.
It is hard to find a Kitesurfing destination with so many interesting kitesurfing spots. Sri Lanka has some of the best kite spots in the world and yet it is not so touristic like other destinations. Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka means kitesurfing in paradise! Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka means kitesurfing in paradise. Now is the time to organise a kitesurfing holiday to Sri Lanka before it gets too crowded
What is the most suitable kitesurfing equipment when travelling to Sri Lanka?
If you travel in winter season better you bring kites from 12 to 16 meters and in summer season kites from 7 to 10 metres depending on your weight. Sometimes, in summer season (from May to September) the wind could get up to 30 knots so better you be ready in that case! You don´t wanna fly away!
In winter season the wind is always quite consistent with 14-16 knots, however if you have the chance to bring with you a smaller kite than 12 meters, better you bring it in case. (Some days even in winter season we get up to 20-25 knots)
What do I need to bring?
The climate in Sri Lanka is pretty hot and the water is ok without a wetsuit. Better you leave your wetsuit at home and you bring instead a very good suncream (up to 50). A part of a good suncream and some watershoes or booties, there is not much needed when kitesurfing in Sri Lanka.
How to get from the airport to the main kite spots in Sri Lanka?
If you are planning a kitesurfing trip to Sri Lanka , you may consider to organise a private vehicle. Negombo airport is located around 3 hours drive from Kalpitiya and once you get out the terminal you will find a crowd of taxis and shuttles . The normal cost for a private vehicle from the airport to Kalpitiya is around 50 euros (10.000 rupees) Getting a private vehicle is the fastest and most comfortable way to get Kalpitiya, especially if you bring your boardbag
You also have the option to get a public bus from the aiport to Kalpitiya. From Negombo bus station there are regular buses going up to Puttalam. Just before Puttalam, you can get off in Palavi town and change to another bus going up to Kalpitiya