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.
If you are planning a Kalpitiya holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Kalpitiya Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Kalpitiya.