The Kalpitiya peninsular is one of the most beautiful coastal areas of Sri Lanka. Kalpitiya is one of the best locations in the World for watching Dolphins and ideal place for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling.
Kalpitiya located 130 km north of katunayaka Airport, is an exquisite coastal region located in the Western coastal belt north of Colombo. Kalpitiya is a peninsula set in between the deep lagoon of Puttalama to the east and Indian Ocean to the west. Kalpitiya is an unrivalled 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 14 islands of Battalangunduwa, Palliyawatta, Vellai I, Vellai II, Vellai III, Uchchamunai, Ippantivu, Periya Arichchalai, Sinna Arichchalai, Eramutivu, Sinna Eramutivu, Eramutivu West, Kakativu and Mutwal (Dutch Bay) together make up 1673 hectares of land.
48 km long and 6-8 km wide- is studded with fine sandy beaches. In addition to the Kalpitiya peninsula, 14 islands about Kalpitiya are encompassed in the Kalpitiya tourist development project envisaged in year 2008.
Kalpitiya, that affords the opportunity to view large pods of Dolphins often numbers running to hundreds, is becoming a celebrated location in Sri Lanka for lovers of Spinner Dolphins.
Kalpitiya is known 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 for the Sperm Whale.
The coastline at Kalpitiya
Boat rides up the lagoon and canoe trips down the river are a pleasant way of exploring the coastline, whilst 4WD jeep rides along the deserted sand dunes between the ocean and the lagoon offer a unique way of watching the colorful evening sunsets.
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