Placed 150 km north of the capital, Colombo, the Kalpitiya region is one of the most beautiful coastal areas located in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. Kalpitiya is a peninsular that separates the Puttalam lagoon from the Indian Ocean and is a marine sanctuary with a diversity of habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangroves swamps, salt marshes and vast sand dune beaches.
The season to view Sperm Whale at Kalpitiya
The season to view the Sperm Whale at Kalpitiya Peninsula is between December and mid-April.
The sight of Blue whale too could be possible occasionally.
The season for the beaches at Kalpitiya: October to May
Tourist Attractions Within The Zone
Near Islands at Dutch Bay and Portugal Bay
Bar Reef Marine Sanctuary- 307 km2 of Sea having most valuable rich Bio-Diversity Value
Ornamental fish collection
Sea Cucumber Collection
Flora and Fauna
Birds and Butterflies
Natural Botanical Gardens.
Estuaries and Lagoons
Sea grass beds
Kalpitiya, that affords the opportunity to view large pods of Dolphins often numbers running to hundreds, is becoming a celebrated location in Sri Lanka of the lovers of Spinner Dolphins.
Kalpitiya for its presence of Sperm Whales and an occasional Blue Whale alone is a world class attraction of marine life. Whales are regularly seen around the Kalpitiya Peninsula. Interestingly it was only from around February 2010 that Kalpitiya is finally considered as a destination to catch the sight of the majestic whale. Boat trips are regularly taken off Kalpitiya Peninsula to a off-shore site to catch the sights of Sperm whales, the largest toothed whale in the world, can be seen off-shore of the reef. The Sperm Whale, in the hunt of Giant Squid, dives several hundred meters in the ocean. Kalpitiya Peninsula with its continental shelf provides an ideal habitat to the Sperm Whale.
Alankuda Beach at Kalpitiya
The first beach at Kalpitiya that was developed within the Kalpitiya mega tourist development project is Alankuda Beach. Boat trips are regularly taken off the beach at Alankuda and head out to sea to see Sperm Whale. The best sight to see at Alankuda are the lovely dolphins.Half a day excursions from Kalpitiya: St.Anne's Church, Thalawila.
Situated on an undiscovered and deserted two kilometer stretch of a pristine private beach, Alankuda Beach offers a truly relaxing, discrete and romantic getaway. The azure, warm ocean is almost always mirror-calm and welcoming during the months of October to May.
The coastal waters offer the treasures of dolphin and whale watching as well as snorkeling over nearby spectacular coral formations. In addition there is deep-sea fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, kite and wind surfing.