Epic kitesurfing in Sri Lanka: tips and advice

  • Best kitesurfing destination in Sri Lanka: Kalpitiya and islands around
  • Kite sizes you will need: summer season (9-10 m) and winter season (12-14 m9
  • Spot conditions: Flatwater/beginner level

Until very recently only adventurers and explorers dared to venture onto this great island, which was hardly developed for tourism at the time. But the exposed location in the Indian Ocean and the constant ventilation of the changing monsoon winds have triggered a veritable kite boom in recent years.

Until 1972, the small island state southwest of India was still known under the name Ceylon. At that time, Ceylon was able to make a name for itself primarily through its excellent tea-growing regions. However, as so often in colonial history, this did not lead to wealth for the island. Since independence from the British Empire in 1948, the newly founded democracy has now tried to regain its strength – and to politically unite the multi-ethnic and multi-religious population as much as possible. Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims live together here. In recent years, the media have repeatedly reported isolated unrest, particularly from the Tamils, Sri Lanka’s largest minority. But the civil war was officially declared over in 2009, and so the country has apparently come to rest – and at the same time has become attractive for tourists, not least for tourists hungry for wind.

Spoiled by the monsoons

Due to its location in the warm Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is reliably ventilated all year round by the two prevailing monsoon winds. In summer it blows more strongly from the south-west, in winter the opposite blow from the north-east. Surfers, kiters and windsurfers make pilgrimages to the island all year round to enjoy the fantastic conditions on the water and to catch some of the magic of Sri Lanka.

In the small fishing village of Kalpitiya, 165 km north of Colombo, a considerable kite scene has developed over the past few years. Just six years ago you saw the first locals on the lagoon doing their tricks on the shallow water. Since then, the region has turned into a real water sports Mecca. Warm temperatures all year round, first-class spots and the good wind statistics attracted my girlfriend and me like small children to a decorated Christmas tree. Surfing in the south and kiting in the north: sounds like a perfect destination for water sports enthusiasts.

Impressive landscapes and cultural diversity

But not only the water and wind conditions make this island an exciting holiday destination. Breathtaking landscapes, the multi-layered cultural influences and, last but not least, the sometimes wild animals that can only be admired in zoos in this country are worth the trip alone. We were also able to experience the local population as friendly, very helpful and courteous – a welcoming culture from which some countries could learn a decent slice. In addition to kiting time, you should definitely plan a few additional days of travel to explore the country. It is worth it!

Kitesurfing seasons in Sri Lanka

From May to the end of September you can expect south-westerly winds of 18-30 knots every day in the Kalpitiya lagoon, which can sometimes be a bit gusty. In winter, the lagoon blows in exactly the opposite direction from the northwest, so that there is no turbulence from the land and the wind is more constant but somewhat weaker. In January and February, you can expect moderate winds up to the 20-knot mark. Dolphin and whale watching are also popular around this time in the Kalpitiya region. With an average of 32 ° C air and 27 ° C water temperature, the wetsuit can safely stay at home.

From December to February the wind blows mostly at a moderate 15-20 knots from the northeast, perfect for kiters of all skill levels. Nevertheless, in winter you should also have the big kites in your luggage for days with less wind. In the summer months from May to September, the motto is: “bring your smallest kites”, as the wind blows mercilessly almost every day from morning to evening at 20 knots from the south-west. March, April, October and November are the months with the weakest wind and can also be quite rainy. Summertime attracts most water sports enthusiasts, so you should put up with not being the only one on the water. With year-round outside temperatures around 30 degrees and water temperatures around 28 degrees, you can leave your wetsuit at home in the closet. However, you should definitely not do without lycra or shirt as sun protection and sun blocker, as the sun burns intensely from the sky.

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Kitesurfing spots:

Kalpitiya lagoon

The Kalpitya Lagoon is the most perceived and well-known lagoon in the region. There are several kite stations and resorts in the immediate vicinity. As a rule, recording and preservation take place on the narrow tongue of land between the lagoon and more. The resorts have tossed their way back and forth between the palm trees and the personal bank, the kiter between bed and board. With the shallow water area that is quickly continuous and shallow, it can get full here from noon onwards, but there is still alternative space available. In the windier summer months, the wind blows diagonally onshore on the lakeside and brings with it a small, choppy wave. No matter if you are a beginner, a climber or a professional – Kalpitiya works for everyone. Between the sessions, you can relax wonderfully in the shade in the small bungalows and earn a cool income or go back to the resort for an extensive lunch break. The only downer: At the beginning of the summer season, the wind can be a bit gusty. It is reliably calm but should stabilize over the course of the summer months.

Kandakuliya lagoon

In Kandakuliya you can find the little brother of the Kalpitiya Lagoon. It was due to different rights only 2.5 years ago. The north-east wind blows perfectly onshore in the winter months, so that behind the sandbanks, mirror-like water, financial freestylers and speed freaks find the right north playground. Beware of your own fishermen. They have the lagoon to belong to the mouth of the open sea with their small boats. But the fishermen are very friendly to kiters and even cheer us on for the second trick. Since Sri Lanka, unfortunately, has a problem with washed-up garbage, the banks in the north of the island are usually not entirely free of waste. Thin neoprene shoes are our advice.

Dream Spot

The Dream Spot really deserves its name. It can be reached by a 20-minute boat tour, which usually starts from Kalpitiya. Once there, there is a sandbar that separates the sea from the lagoon. On the lakeside, you will find small waves, and on the lagoon side flat water, fans will get their money’s worth. To organize such a trip, it is best to ask at your accommodation or inquire directly with the kite schools. The costs are around 25 to 50 euros, depending on additional services such as food and drinks.

Magic Spot / Vella Island

The Dream Spot is only surpassed by the Magic Spot, also known as Vela Island. You can also take a boat to reach an offshore island in one to one and a half hours north. From there, the group – accompanied by the boat – goes by downwinder to the actual attraction of the day trip: the crescent-shaped headland of Vela Island. Here the wind is blowing offshore and ironing the water as smooth as a fluffy carpet. Also, the wind comes undisturbed over the open sea, is therefore much more constant and usually a little stronger than on the lagoons around Kalpitiya. No wonder that you often come across freestyle professionals here who use this unique spot for training.

Ippantivu island

Also called Mini Vella, this spot brings all together; that is good wind and butter flat water. Halfway from Vella, it is the ideal getaway from Kalpitiya. A downwind trip from Dream spot it is also recommended

Down here you will find other interesting kite spots in Sri Lanka worthy to visit:

  • The Donkey Point
  • Puttalam lake
  • Mannar – Adam´s Bridge
  • Arugam Bay
  • Ahamgama Beach

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Learn kitesurfing in Sri Lanka. What are the primary certified IKO schools in Sri Lanka?

Do you want to learn kitesurfing in Sri Lanka in a picturesque setting? Then the beginner courses are just right for you. The on-site trainers usually speak English with the absolute basics. You learn the theory, right of way and basic techniques. If you can steer the kite, get on the board and do the first few meters on the water. Soon you can really kitesurf and are probably already planning your next kitesurfing holiday in your head. With the right course, anyone can actually learn to kite. In Sri Lanka also in the unique environment.

Certified IKO centres:

  • Margarita kite school (main IKO centre in Sri Lanka)
  • Valampuri resort

Primary kitesurfing camps in Sri Lanka (all of them right at the kite spot)

  • Kitelantis
  • Margarita kite camp
  • Sunwind beach Kalpitiya
  • De Silva wind restort

Tips &advices

Arrival: The flight connections to Colombo are very good from many European airports and the travel time is quite bearable for kiters. If you can catch a fast connection, you can be in Colombo in thirteen hours. If you take kite luggage with you, you should definitely check with the airlines beforehand, as complications can arise at the airports. Or you can book through one of the relevant tour operators and save yourself the stress. It’s just 160 kilometres from Colombo to Kalpitiya. You can travel quickly and comfortably by shuttle for around 70 to 80 euros, which is organized by the kite resorts. Bargain hunters and adventurers can also get to Kalpitiya publicly by bus and train. This is much cheaper, but it also takes a good six hours. The local taxi drivers usually only offer overpriced trips to Kalpitya. An entry visa is required for Sri Lanka. You can buy it at the airport for $ 40 or online in advance at for $ 35.

Accommodation: Since word of the good water sports conditions around Kalpitiya has spread, the resorts are springing up like mushrooms. After a short research, you will find numerous offers in all price categories. Most resorts have their own restaurants and offer good local cuisine with freshly caught fish.


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Sri Lanka Kite Report Summer 2019

Kitesurfing Season in Sri Lanka, Summer 2019

Once again, we want to share with the kitesurfing community our last kitesurfing summer season in Sri Lanka. Many of you are planning a kitesurfing trip to Sri Lanka and I am sure you are wondering: What is the wind like in summer? What kites should I take?

This year we had unexpected good wind from the first week of May and we were really happy that we could kite for 5 months continuously.

Normally, in the beginning of May, it rains a lot in Kalpitiya, sometimes it is all flooded and that is why we didn’t expect to have that early wind.

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In general, the summer season was great and from the beginning of May to the end of September we had strong winds almost every day. Comparing to last year, this summer season we had stronger winds and we were using 6-7 metres kites on most days. Some days we had to use 9-10 meters kites, with perfect wind for leaning and for improving new tricks. Of course, this year, we also went to Vella many times and there the wind is stronger than in Kalpitiya lagoon. We were also quite surprised, as this year the Full Moon days did not affect the wind too much. In Kalpitiya the wind normally stops during Full Moon days, however, this year we had very good wind even in full moon. In August we did a kitesurfing trip to Vella Island with the guys from SWB Kalpitiya, with a stay over at Vella Island. Riding at Vella Island, at night, with the full moon, is probably one of the best experiences in life for any kitesurfer. Check the video!

During the first two weeks of September we had lighter winds than in the previous months and we were riding 12-14 meters kites. That’s why, in September, we went to Dream Spot and Ippantivu Island almost every day, due to the gusty conditions in Kalpitiya lagoon. Kalpitiya lagoon in summer is great to kite when the forecast marks from 16 knots up, however, if it marks 13-15 knots it is best to move around to catch the better wind.

The kitesurfing season is officially over on the last week of September due to very strong rain, as it is the beginning of Sri Lanka’s wet season. We are then super eager to start the next winter kitesurfing season in Sri Lanka, starting the end of December!!

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Overnight Stay Trip On Vella Island, Sri Lanka

Vella Island Sri Lanka – Kitesurfing in FULL MOON

Vella Island is probably the best spot to kite in Sri Lanka and it is also considered to be one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world. This tiny island is where many of the world champions come for training.

On Vella Island there are not many facilities as it is a fisherman’s island without electricity and water supply.  However, the wind is perfect and the water is super flat, that’s why it doesn’t matter about the lack of facilities, when the conditions for kitesurfing are just amazing!

Vella Island, Sri Lanka is located 50 minutes north from Kalpitiya town and many kitesurfing schools in Kalpitiya organize daily kite trips to the island. Going to Vella Island is quite easy, however, returning to Kalpitiya can be more of a challenge as there are many waves, that’s why it takes longer to return to Kalpitiya than going out to Vella. Anyway, it is always worthwhile going to Vella Island, Sri Lanka for a kitesurfing trip as it is an amazing place!

The wind at Vella Island, Sri Lanka is very similar to Kalpitiya wind but sometimes it is a little bit stronger. Around 2-3 more knots.

The guys from Sun Wind Beach, Kalpitiya organize many overnight stays on Vella Island and last June I had the chance to join them for a kitesurfing trip to Vella Island. We went in full moon so we could kite at night, under the light of the moon. This was one of the greatest experiences I have had in Sri Lanka so far. I have already been to many kite spots in Sri Lanka but riding at Vella Island, with the full moon, it just exceeded all my expectations!

Sushanta and his team from Sun Wind Beach, Kalpitiya provide a warm welcome to all people joining them on a kite trip. They really take excellent care of everyone! Once on Vella Island they organize everything to make all the riders happy. We could sleep in comfortable donkey beds and hammocks. We ate pasta, curry and rice and fruits and at night we had music and a lot of smiles! Totally recommended, a kitesurfing trip to Vella Island with the Sun Wind Kalpitiya team.

This is a video from Sushanta’s Full Moon party!



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Vella Island: The Best Kitesurfing Spot in Sri Lanka

Kite Trip to Vella Island Kalpitiya – Sri Lanka

Since I landed in Sri Lanka for my kitesurfing holiday, I was really eager to make a kite trip to Vella Island kitesurfing spot. I have many friends who have visited Sri Lanka before, for kitesurfing and all of them told me that Vella Island is the best kite spot in Sri Lanka and probably one of the best spots in the world. That’s why I decided to organise a kite trip to Sri Lanka and go see Vella Island for myself.

In order to get to Vella Island kite spot, I had to organise a kite trip from Kalpitiya. The village of Kalpitiya is approximately 300 km north of Colombo and it is located at the end of the Kalpitiya peninsula. In Kalpitiya there are many resorts who organize kite trips to Vella Island and other kitesurfing spots.

A normal price for a kite trip to Vella Island is around 45 euros, including lunch and drinks. The boats to Vella Island leave from Kalpitiya lagoon and it takes around 50 minutes. These boats are typical fishermen boats that take up to 6 people and they are quite comfortable.

We left Kalpitiya lagoon at 9:30 a.m. and at around 10:30 a.m. we were already pumping our kites in Vella. My kitesurfing trip to Vella island is one of the best kitesurfing experiences I have had in my life. I counted maximum 20 kites that day and the island is super long, so we had plenty of space for everybody. The wind in Vella Island is offshore and I saw some beginners struggling to get back to the island, by edging a lot. I also saw some boats who had to rescue the kiters who not able to get back. This kite spot in Sri Lanka is for sure not recommendable for people who are not able to kite upwind.

We were told by the resort that we could stay at Vella Island only until 4 p.m., as the way back to Kalpitiya takes longer because of the waves. Finally, we left the island at 4:30 p.m. and we got to Kalpitiya around 5 p.m. It is true, the way back from Vella Island is quite challenging as there are many waves, but I think it is worthy to go to Vella.

I saw some kite surfers who spent the night on Vella Island. There are no hotels there, only some fishermen huts who provide basic food and water. There is no electricity either, so they had to use torches at sundown. I cannot imagine how amazing it would be to wake up in ‘kitesurfing paradise’ and be able to kite as soon as the sun rises.

Now I know why Vella Island in Sri Lanka is considered the best kite spot around and one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world.

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