Kappalady Lagoon Kitesurf Spot in Kalpitiya
Asia Kiteboard Spot in Sri Lanka
Kappalady lagoon is a small lagoon around 20km South of Kalpitiya, with warm water and wind for kitesurfing nearly 8 months of the year. It offers less gusty wind than the Kalpitiya lagoon in the summer season from May until September, and flat water for freestyle kiteboarding. It’s the best spot that you don’t need a boat to get to, which makes it a popular place to kitesurf in the area. The lagoon can get busy quickly in the season so knowing how to kitesurf close to others is essential here, but it’s the nicest kite spot in the summer season if you don’t want to get a boat to Vella island. The village itself is very small and the locals are generally friendly and helpful to any foreigners.
Kappalady Lagoon Kitesurfing wind conditions
Kappalady Lagoon is best known for its wind reliability, a sought-after feature for any kitesurfing location. Its season spans from May to October, presenting a south-west monsoon wind that ranges between 15-25 knots. The strength and consistency of these winds, coupled with the lagoon's calm, flat water, make it ideal for honing your kitesurfing skills and practicing new tricks. The direction is predominantly side onshore, providing a safe environment for kitesurfers. Beyond the lagoon, for those seeking wave riding opportunities, the nearby Indian Ocean can offer a challenging change of pace.
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- sandy beach
- flat water
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Wind Stats for Kappalady Lagoon Kiteboarding
Around the Kiteboarding Spot Kappalady Lagoon
The charm of Kappalady Lagoon extends beyond the waters. The adjacent village, with its friendly locals and unhurried pace, offers a cultural experience that perfectly complements your kitesurfing adventures. Kappalady is within close proximity to the Wilpattu National Park, where nature lovers can explore Sri Lanka's rich biodiversity. A variety of kitesurfing schools and eco-friendly accommodation options line the beachfront, all committed to preserving the serene nature of this hidden gem. Don't miss the local cuisine; fresh seafood and traditional Sri Lankan dishes are a must-try for every visitor.
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- A rescue service
- Kite repair
How to get to Kappalady Lagoon and how to bring it about while you're there
The most convenient route to Kappalady Lagoon is via Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, which is a three-hour drive away. From there, you can hire a taxi or arrange a pickup service through your chosen accommodation. Once in Kappalady, the village and beach are compact enough to navigate on foot, or you can rent a bicycle for longer distances. Kalpitiya Lagoon, another popular kitesurfing spot, is located approximately 20 kilometers north of Kappalady. Getting from one to the other is straightforward and takes about 30 minutes by road.
From Kalpitiya (Big) Lagoon: If you have your own vehicle, start on the Dutch Bay Road heading south towards Kappalady. Continue past the village of Thalawila and stay on the Dutch Bay Road until you reach Kappalady village. Once you've reached the village, you'll find signs directing you towards the lagoon.
If you don't have a vehicle, hiring a tuk-tuk is an affordable and convenient option. Remember to negotiate the price beforehand. Alternatively, you can also rent a motorbike or bicycle from numerous local vendors for more flexibility and independence.
Regardless of the transportation method, be prepared for a scenic journey. You'll have the opportunity to take in the tranquil, picturesque landscapes that dot the route between these two sought-after kitesurfing spots.
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- Poorly developed
It's a poorly developed area. There is a little shop close by where you can get some snacks. Need to rent a scooter to be able to move around, best to arrange it with a kite camp or your accommodation before arrival.
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Wind Forecast for Kappalady Lagoon Kitesurfing
Kiteboarding Spots around Kalpitiya
Adam's Bridge offers a flat water lagoon for kiteboarding with pumping wind during the summer, and choppy waves on the upwind side of the sandbar. In the winter the wind blows in the opposite direction and so the ocean side offers a stunning playground for hydrofoil kiteboarding and freestyle kitesurfing in offshore wind. With 8 months of wind in the year it’s unsurprising that Adam’s bridge is becoming more popular for kitesurfing, but it’s still very remote without much in the way of infrastructure close by and so isn’t anywhere as busy as the area around Kalpitiya.