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What are the most fantastic 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 excellent and steady wind perfect either for beginners or advanced riders. In this post, you will find a complete guide with all the information about kitesurfing in Sri Lanka and what are the most breath-taking 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, a wonderful country with many exciting places to visit.
Sri Lanka is becoming more and more famous tourism destination every day. Why is that? It is merely because this island is a great country where you can find many UNESCO heritage places, some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, and delicious 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 destinations worldwide. Why does Sri Lanka beat all the other spots as a kitesurfing destination? Sri Lanka offers you the perfect kitesurfing conditions: Flatwater in many lagoons, steady wind conditions, and good wind for 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 positive way 🙂
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When is the best time to kitesurf in Sri Lanka?
The primary kitesurfing season in Sri Lanka is from May until October. During the primary season, we celebrate days of constant and very reliable wind. The wind rises 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 the power of the wind.
Another good time to kitesurf in Sri Lanka is also from December until March. Winter is also a festive season in Kalpitiya because the wind won‘t let us 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 nine 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 coast side 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 village 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 Lankan roots again, far away from mass tourism.
List of some of the best Sri Lankan kitesurfing spots
Down here, we have created an ultimate list to show you what are the best kite spots in Sri Lanka. Most of the next kite spots are on the west coast; however, there are exquisite beaches to kite on the south coast and east coast.
1. Kalpitiya lagoon
Kalpitiya lagoon is so far the most famous kite spot in Sri Lanka. In this lagoon, you can kite during the two kitesurfing seasons; however, in the winter season, the wind is steadier than in the summer season.
From May to October, the wind is more potent, but it comes slightly gustier due to the wind direction. On the other hand, in the 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 nearby, and it is relatively easy to organize some kite lessons. If you are a bloody beginner, then you will be entirely 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, especially 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 these sharp stuff and end up in the hospital!
2. Ippantivu island
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 in Puttalam lagoon, and we can arrive there by boat from Kalpitiya (around 30 minutes). This spot is smaller than Vella island; however, the wind in summer could be more potent due to the venturi effect. Perfect location for kiteboarding! Up to know, Margarita´s team is one of the few kite schools that organize kite trips to Ippantivu island.
Recommendation: Because of its location, there is a venturi effect that makes Ippantivu a very windy kite spot, especially if you go to the choppy area between the island and the Dutch Bay. You will feel how strong is the wind at this point in the middle of the channel!
3. Vella Island
Vella island 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 an authentic paradise for kitesurfing! It is a vast sand bar with super flat water. The wind is steady, and 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 an authentic paradise for kitesurfing-lovers! We recommend coming 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 entirely offshore! Not suitable for beginners. In Vella island, the wind is stronger than in Kalpitiya lagoon (around five more knots), so be ready to bring your smaller kites! It is more worthy of going to Vella Island in the summer season than in the winter season. In winter, the wind comes late, and it is not so strong as in summer
4. The Dream spot
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 year round when it is windy. Some other kitesurfing spots in Sri Lanka like the Navy Point you can go only in the wintertime because in the summertime it is too choppy.
The Dream spot has flat water all year-round. It is seriously the crown jewel because it offers you vast, spacious room to ride. One significant advantage of the Dream Spot is that you can kite here all year long when it is windy. Thinking of sporadic 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
5. Kappaladi lagoon
This small lagoon is perfect for freestyle, and it is an excellent spot to learn to kitesurf. The wind is also very steady, and it is the ideal 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 of making a one day trip from Kalpitiya to Kappaladi lagoon. For those kiters who like to go downwind, making a downwind trip from the Kappaladi lagoon to the Kalpitiya lagoon, it is a dreamy experience. The wind is all the time side on-shore
Recommendation: Kappaladi lagoon has a super steady wind in the summer season, and it is also a perfect destination to learn kiteboarding. If you are an advanced rider, the best time to kite in Kappaladi lagoon is from 12 to 3 pm, when other resorts & schools take a break! During this time, you will find the lagoon less crowded and perfect to kite. On the other hand, in the winter season, the wind is not acceptable in Kappaladi, and you are not able to kite
6. The Navy Point
This kite spot is located at the end of the “Duch Bay” It is the perfect kite trip to do in the wintertime. 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 summertime, it is a very choppy, that is why it is worthy of going only in the wintertime.
Recommendation: Navy Point is the perfect starting point for a downwind trip to the Dream spot in the winter season.
7. The Donkey Point
If you are a wave raider, this is the best kite spot in Kalpitiya to do kiteboarding 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 can find very steady and strong winds during both kitesurfing seasons in Sri Lanka. The wind is very stable, and it is cross-onshore, which turns it into a safe place to do kitesurfing in Sri Lanka, although it is not a spot for beginners due to the conditions of the ocean.
Are you into wave riding? Well, pick this spot. It may not be the perfect spot to surf waves, but it is the ideal, refreshing change, regarding the flat waters around the other kite spots in Kalpitiya.
8. Arugam Bay
Arugam Bay doesn‘t count into the same category as the spots mentioned above, but we don‘t like to keep any information from you. That´s why we share all our knowledge with you to make sure you have an excellent overview of 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.
Here you will find nice waves for surfing, and if you are lucky, you can get some days with good wind for kiting 🙂
9. Adam´s bridge (Mannar)
The Adams bridge consists of a long tong of small islands that separates India and Sri Lanka. A long time ago, India and Sri Lanka were joined by 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 relatively isolated and located quite far from everything makes it a problematic kiteboarding destination. Apart from that, if you like the adventure and consider yourself a survivor, Adam´s bridge is your spot!
10.The southern coast of Sri Lanka
North of Sri Lanka, you will find the best kitesurfing spots, and it is the perfect destination for kitesurfing and relaxing! However, if you are looking to do some shopping, go party, or visit some bars or restaurants, Kalpitiya is not your place. For that, better you head South!
On 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. On the other hand, if you are looking for the right wind, it is riskier.. 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 every day, you can have in la lucky day, the perfect combination between light wind and friendly waves.
If you finally head South, bring 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 the winter season:
Some days in the summer season, the wind can get intense in the 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 exciting kitesurfing spots. Sri Lanka has some of the best kite spots globally, yet it is not so touristic like other destinations. Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka means kitesurfing in paradise! Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka means kitesurfing in heaven. Now is the time to organize a kitesurfing holiday to Sri Lanka before it gets too crowded
What is the most suitable kitesurfing equipment when traveling to Sri Lanka?
If you travel in the winter season better, you bring kites from 12 to 16 meters, and in the summer season, kites from 7 to 10 meters depending on your weight. Sometimes, in the 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 want to fly away!
In the winter season, the wind is always relatively consistent with 14-18 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 the 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 of a very good suncream (up to 50). A part of a good suncream and some water shoes 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 organizing a private vehicle. Negombo airport is located around 3 hours drive from Kalpitiya, and once you get out of the terminal, you will find a crowd of taxis and shuttles. The regular cost for a private vehicle from the airport to Kalpitiya is around 50 euros (10.000 rupees). Getting a personal car is a fastest and most comfortable way to get Kalpitiya, especially if you bring your board bag.
You also have the option to get a public bus from the airport to Kalpitiya. From the Negombo bus station, regular buses are going up to Puttalam. Before Puttalam, you can get off in Palavi town and change to another bus going up to Kalpitiya.