Lying north of Colombo, Kalpitiya has sea on one side and lagoon on the other, both of which have many islands of varying size and mangroves abound. Many of the islands are untouched, with pristine beaches and 22 species of mangroves. Migratory birds are found here as well and the marine sanctuary has stunning coral and a myriad of tropical fish. Dolphins are abundant here and turtles and whales are regularly sighted.
Still relatively untouched by tourism, Kalpitiya has a range of sights to see. It offers a great opportunity to see the small close-knit fishing community, which is the staple employment of the local people. After watching the night fishing boats return in the morning, a visit to one of the fish markets offers the opportunity to choose the evening meal direct from the fresh catch! The Dutch Fort and St Peter's Kerk church in the town are good examples of Sri Lanka's rich history and colonial past.
With boat rides in the lagoon and canoe trips along the river, 4WD jeep rides along the deserted sand dunes and stunning sunsets and sunrises to watch, there is something for everyone.