Kitesurfing in South Sri Lanka

Kitesurfing on the beaches southern Sri Lanka

If you are a kitesurfing lover, then Sri Lanka is your destination. While the best kite spots are located on the Kalpitiya peninsula, you can also find beaches in the south of Sri Lanka where you can kitesurf on windy days. The main kitesurfing season in southern Sri Lanka is in winter, offering light winds in the afternoons (though not every day like in Kalpitiya). During the summer season (off-tourism season), you may encounter days with very strong winds (up to 30 knots). However, during this time, the wind comes with rain and very strong currents, making the ocean quite rough.

Ahangama and the beaches east of Tangalle are the best for kitesurfing

From Colombo to the beaches located in south you can take a highway to Galle (it takes around 2 hours) Once in Galle you can drive all the coast east direction. Just before Weligama, you will find Ahangama, a great spot where the wind comes in a perfect direction for kitesurfing!

Kitesurfing conditions in Ahangama and Tangalle

Sri Lanka’s southern beaches are renowned, attracting more tourists than other parts of the country. Unlike Kalpitiya, the southern region boasts a vibrant social scene with numerous hotels and restaurants. Beaches like Ahangama or Weligama offer kitesurfing opportunities on windy days. The kitesurfing season in southern Sri Lanka extends through the winter-spring months (December to April), featuring steady thermal winds of about 12-16 knots. Additionally, some summer days bring very strong winds. However, due to the inconsistent wind, there are relatively few kite camps or schools in the south.

Medaketiya beach, with its golden sands stretching over 3 kilometers northeast of Tangalle, stands out as the most beautiful in the area. Ideal for those seeking pristine, less crowded beaches with golden sand and powerful waves. Heading southwest reveals a series of small bays and beaches, offering excellent diving spots due to the rich seabed. On windy days, these beaches become perfect for kitesurfing.

Other beaches like Bentota, Matara, or Hikkadawa are also favorable for kitesurfing with the right wind conditions. It’s important to note that kitesurfing may be unfamiliar to locals in south Sri Lanka, so be prepared for curious looks.