Kalpitiya & Mannar

Sri Lanka is a pearl 💜of Indian Ocean that can surprise kitesurfing lovers. There are two very special ✨ windy places where I was — Kalpitiya and Mannar.

KALPITIYA
My trip started from this small village in the North Western part of Sri Lanka (3 hours drive from airport of Colombo), consist of 14 islands, most of the tourists are kitesurfers. It’s the best place in whole island to watch hundreds of dolfins 🐬and whales 🐋 ( from October till May)🔝
One of the best spots is Kalpitiya Lagoon with constant 25+ knots and perfectly reliable wind season. The launch spot is located in the wide sand bar which separates lagoon from the ocean. This is opposite side to where you will find the kite camps and schools.
This flat water lagoon comfortably holds 40-45 kiters 😳.
For begginers it’s awesome experience of learning how to kitesurf in the flat and shallow water, but be careful there are very spiky shells on the bottom, so better to use special shoes.
Hop over to the other side of the sand bar that borders Kalpitiya Lagoon you will find yourself playing in the baby waves 🌊 and shore break of the warm Indian Ocean.
Donkey spot 300 odd meters away from main Kalpitiya Lagoon, waves here typically measure in 1,5-3 meters.
Anyway during the summer season Kalpitiya Lagoon has chop and strong gusty winds, so if you want to try really steady wind and butter flat water you should go to the Vella island, that could be reached only by boat, all kite schools offer one day excursion including lunch 🍽️(price around 40💲) to this island. Here wind is offshore, so it’s only for professionals. Insiders information 🤫 here you can buy very cheap crabs steam cooked (price around 6💲per kilogramme 🙊).

MANNAR is my love ♥️, a dream among the dunes!  The spot is surrounded by mother nature 💚, perfect retreat place, kitesurfing escape from civilization!
Here the strongest and most consistent wind in the whole Sri Lanka. It’s about 300 kilometers from the airport in Colombo and more convenient to visit it after Kalpitiya cause it’s sane direction.
This area is locally called Adam’s Bridge (or Rama’s Bridge), of what used to be 50-kilometer land connection to India. The main spot lays in front of a long 16-kilometer sandbar and faces Adam’s Bridge. The dunes offer two options: the ocean waves in the south part of the dunes, and the flat water north of it. The Adam’s Bridge spot is a summer-only area, as it faces the Adam’s Bridge Marine National Park. To avoid disrupting the animals during the birding season, there is no kiting on that spot in the winter months.
In winter, you can still kite on the ocean side, also called the south side of the island, which doesn’t have that restriction. However, the wind turns northward during this period which makes the ocean side complete offshore. 

Season: mid May — end of September and mid December — February.
Kite sizes: 10 m (male), 8 meters (female).
Wind: strong and gusty 25+ knots during summer season, 15-20 knots in winter season but steady wind.
Riding area & conditions: wave riding in the ocean, lagoons with flat shallow water.
Weather: 28°C -30°C all year around, water 26°C-27°C.
Wetsuits: forget about it!)

No wind activities: snorkeling and diving at the bar reef, dolfins & whales watching, Safari Wilpattu National Park, Mannar bird watching.

Our kiteboardin school organize kite trips to Kalpitiya and Mannar including transfer, accommodation, IKO kitesurfing lessons and rental equipment, information support!
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