KITESURFING CAMPS, KITE SCHOOLS & KITE SPOTS IN SRI LANKA.
Sri Lanka has become one of the best kitesurfing destinations in Asia! Few kite destinations in the world come with 9 months of wind per year, an infinity of lagoons of flat water, and a paradise-like environment! Thanks to its flat water spots, Sri Lanka is a perfect destination to learn and improve kitesurfing. There are many kite schools in Sri Lanka who can help you start.
Sri Lanka also has a very interesting history, an ancient culture and
one of the most hospitable people on the planet.
We have developed this guide so that you have all the necessary
information for your future kitesurfing trip to Sri Lanka in one place! Still have not heard about kitesurfing in Sri Lanka and its kitesurfing locations? Sri Lanka has become a TOP kitesurfing destination that is worth discovering. In this guide, you will find all the necessary information for a kite trip to Sri Lanka.
What is the most important thing to keep in mind when going for a kitesurfing trip to Sri Lanka?
Where do we start? With the good news maybe?
In Sri Lanka, you can enjoy kitesurfing 9 months a year thanks to its great weather statistics. You only have a vacation once a year?
Don’t worry, be it winter or summer, you can kite in Sri Lanka practically all year round. We are going to help you to know a little bit more about the top kitesurfing locations and the more authentic kitesurfing camps and kite schools in Sri Lanka! You will fall in love with this destination. What is the main kitesurfing season in Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka has 2 kitesurfing seasons a year. The winter season from December to March and the summer season from May to October. Many kite schools and kitesurfing camps in Sri Lanka are open almost all the year round but some of them are closed in offseason. The main destination in Sri Lanka for kitesurfing is Kalpitiya, and when there is no wind, there are no kiters and no tourists. In summer, the wind comes from the southwest and it is windy almost every day. The wind usually blows stronger at the beginning of the season, reaching up to 30 knots during some days in May, but don´t be scared. The average is 20 to 25 knots in the summer season. In winter, from December to March, it is usually windy in the afternoon. The wind comes from the northeast and is a thermal and constant wind. If it is cool at night and it is sunny the next morning, the wind rises well from around 12-1 pm. In winter season, it usually gets windy from December 20-25. What better way to celebrate Christmas by pumping your kite in this kitesurfing paradise? January is the best month for kitesurfing during winter season, although in February the wind is also quite constant.
By March it drops quite a bit. Once the wind drops completely some of the kite schools start to close. If you plan to kite in Sri Lanka in March, you better contact a kite camp or a kite school before you go to see if they are still open then. The TOP Kitesurf spots and locations in Sri Lanka The best kitesurfing spots are located in the Kalpitiya Peninsula which is located north of Colombo capital. Here is the kite spot section of the Sri Lanka Kitesurfing guide: Kalpitiya Lagoon Among all the kitesurfing locations in Sri Lanka, the most known is Kalpitiya Lagoon. What is it about this lagoon that makes everyone come to learn to kitesurf here? Well, It is actually the flat and shallow water of the lagoon that makes it one of the best and safest locations in Asia to learn to kitesurf. Most kite schools also have a lifeboat making this spot a very safe spot to learn to kitesurf. Are you a complete beginner? Then Kalpitiya lagoon is perfect for you. Don´t worry about being dragged by the kite between big waves and struggling a lot in deep water! Here you can learn fast and safe in flat and shallow water. Also, it is possible to kite both in the summer season and in the winter season! The Dream Spot The Dream spot is one of the best kitesurfing spots in Sri Lanka. Like Kalpitiya lagoon, we´got 9 months of wind a year. This kite location is located on a long and deserted beach, only 15-20 minutes away from Kalpitiya.
What is it about the Dream Spot that makes it such a special kite spot? Quite simply, apart from being located in a virgin and unspoiled environment, it is a super calm water location, very little exploited and with very few kiters around. The Dream spot is the best kite spot closest to Kalpitiya to detach from other kiters. Also, in the summer season, the wind is much more constant and less gusty than in Kalpitiya lagoon. Vella Island Imagine a kite spot that has it all: paradise island, flat water and very constant wind with 25 knots on average. It could be a dream, right? Well there is a place in the world called Vella Island and it meets all these requirements. Vella is a kitesurfing paradise and one of the best kitesurfing spots in Sri Lanka. You will probably find few places in the world with these conditions.
If you travel to Vella island, keep in mind that it is usually much windier than in Kalpitiya and that the kiting conditions are completely off-shore (it is not a beginner kite spot). Isla de Ippantivu Until last year, there were very few kitesurfers who came to Ippantivu to kitesurf, but recently, this island is becoming a very well known kite spot in Sri Lanka. Also called “Mini-Vella” this kitesurfing island is just 30 minutes away by boat from Kalpitiya. Ippantivu is a small island with many mangroves and where there are only some fishermen’s cabins. As in Vella island, you won´t find infrastructure around, you are in the middle of nature: Just you, with your kite, strong wind and super flat water. Ippantivu is a little bit further than the Dream spot and it is halfway from Vella Island. Donkey Point Donkey Point is a cape located in Kandakulya, a small fishermen village just 10 km south from Kalpitiya. You can access the Donkey Point directly by vehicle through a sandy road (20 min approx from Kalpitiya town) and it is located next to a navy camp. While in summer the wind can get a little bit gusty in Kalpitiya lagoon, here in the Donkey point the wind is very constant and it is the perfect spot if you want to kite in the ocean. On the other hand, Donkey Point is not a spot for completely beginners. Navy Point Navy Point is another amazing flat water kitesurfing spot in Sri Lanka!
If you organize a kite trip to Sri Lanka in wintertime, you should visit the Navy Point. Located at the end of the “Dutch Bay”, this flatwater spot is amazing. In winter season you can make a downwind through the ocean from the Navy Point to Kalpitiya. Kappaladi lagoon Kappaladi is without a doubt one of the best locations to learn kitesurfing in Sri Lanka. This small lagoon is located around 20 Km south of Kalpitiya and you will find nice resorts and kite schools around! From May to September it is very windy in Kappaladi, having a very good and constant wind. In addition, in this lagoon with flat and shallow water, you can walk anywhere, making it a great spot to get started into kitesurfing. Adam´s Bridge, Mannar Adam´s Bridge is an amazing set of islets that divide Sri Lanka from the Asian continent.
Here it is also windy practically all year round and a perfect destination for kitesurfing. However, at the moment the area is poorly developed and the infrastructure is practically non-existent. Among all the kite spots in Sri Lanka, we can say that Adam´s bridge is the most isolated one. Despite this, if you are a kite lunatic and a true adventurer, Mannar is your perfect destination. The southern beaches of Sri Lanka From December to April, the south of Sri Lanka is the perfect destination to enjoy sandy beaches and good weather. The south of Sri Lanka is more touristy and developed than Kalpitiya and you will find more offers of resorts, restaurants, disco bars… Yet, there are not many kitesurfers in the south and you will find hard to find a kite school or kitesurfing camp there. (Almost all kite schools and kite camps in Sri Lanka are located in Kalpitiya) However, during some windy days, it is a good destination to enjoy kitesurfing among good waves. You just need to be lucky to have enough wind. Get ready to kitesurf with big kites as the thermals usually range from 12 to 16 knots!
If you are lucky tough, you can also find 25 knots on a day! These are some of the beaches where you can kitesurf in the south of Sri Lanka during the months from December to April: Ahangama Weligama Tangalle Arugam Bay Arugam Bay is located in eastern Sri Lanka and it is one of the most famous surfing destinations in the world. Unfortunately, the wind is not as constant as in Kalpitiya but if you are lucky to find a windy day, prepare to kitesurf among the best waves in Asia! The season in Arugam Bay is from May to September when there is also more atmosphere for surfers. On windy days, it is usually side-offshore, so study the conditions well before jumping into the water!
The Best Kitesurfing Camps in Sri Lanka Here you will find a list with some of the best and most famous kitesurfing camps in Sri Lanka! We help you to choose your accommodation! The main kite camps are located around Kalpitiya lagoon and Kappaladi Lagoon. Most of them have a restaurant on-site, and they offer packs with full board, half board or bed&breakfast basis. Some of these kite camps have a kite school inhouse.