Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka! Ultimate guide with the best kite spots
Sri Lanka is probably the best kitesurfing destination in Asia and one of the best flatwater destinations in the world! Kitesurfing Sri Lanka= kitesurfing in paradise! You will find perfect tropical weather, good wind conditions during 9 months per year, many flat water spots and a lot of COCONUTS!
Here you will find what are the best kite spots when kitesurfing in Sri Lanka and other important impormation when plannnig a kite trip to Sri Lanka
Most Amazing Kitesurfing Spots in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one of the best kitesurfing destinations in the world with the very best kite spots you will ever experience!! Are you a bloody bleginner? Then Sri Lanka is your destination! Forget to learn kitesurfing in big and difficult waves. Here we have amazing flatwater spots where you will learn kitesurfing easily. Come to Sri Lanka to kite and you will be riding in 3 days! Are you aready an experienced rider? Sri Lanka offers you the best conditions to progress and to push yourself to the next level! Kitesurfing Sri Lanka = kitesurfing in a flat water paradise
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Where are located the main kite spots in Sri Lanka?
You will find the best kitesurfing spots in the North-west coast of the island. Why? Well, when you see the location of the island and the channel that separates Sri Lanka and India, you can imagine the venturi effect that is created in this unique location. It is “FU…ING” windy !
In addition to this venturi effect, the sea breeze makes this part of the island very windy for 9 months of the year, so the wind statistics are perfect when it comes to kitesurfing holidays.
A part from the west coast , in general, thanks to the thermal winds, we can kite all year round in Sri Lanka. Depending on the season. You only need to choose the correct kite spot.
For example, in Matara or Weligama located in the South , there is thermal wind in the afternoons from March to ending of March, normally (around 12-15 knots) and in Summer you will also find some days with very strong winds during July and August. Arugam Bay is located on the South-east of the island and it is a major spot for surfing but, sometimes, the wind is good and it is possible to kite too. The most consistent winds are on the North-west of the island, starting from Negombo up to Jaffna. On this coastline you will find the best kite spots in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is a destination for kitesurfers which is growing very fast, as it has some of the best kitesurfing spots in Asia. Although more and more people come for kitesurfing, mass tourism has not yet arrived making it a destination with special beauty and with many kitesurfing spots yet to be discovered!
The main kite spots in Sri Lanka are located in Kalpitiya and surrounding. There are many islands located North of Kalpitiya too, with perfect spots for kitesurfing in flat waters, such as Vella Island and Dream Spot.
For those who love kitesurfing in the sea, another place worth mentioning is Donkey Point, a cape located about 10 km South of the town of Kalpitiya. It is the spot often chosen by people looking to navigate between the waves of the Indian Ocean.
Suffice to say, there are many places for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka! Down here you will find what are best kite spots in Sri Lanka!
The top 5 kite spots in Sri Lanka!
Kalpitiya lagoon is the top destination in Sri Lanka to learn kitesurf. Whether you come to learn to kite, or to progress your kitesurfing skills, the flat water at Kalpitiya lagoon is a great spot for kitesurfing. Are you a completly beginner? In that case, you will be in love with Kalpitiya lagoon. This lagoon is a paradise for those who are on the first steps in kitesurfing. Depending on the tide, here you will be able to stand up in many places due to the shallow water! Having a good instructor and the proper equipment you will be able to ride in 3 days !
2- Vella Island
Vella Island is a tiny sand bar in front of Wilpattu National Park. One side of the island is ocean waves, and the other side is a very flat-water spot. In Summer the wind comes from South-west and in Winter the wind comes from North-east, so it is possible to kite both seasons. Vella island is considered a top kitesurfing spot in Sri Lanka and in the world for freestyle. When it is windy, the freestyle conditions in this island are perfect. If you close your eyes and you imagine a kite spot with the best conditons with steady wind, super flat water and beutiful lanscape, then this is Vella island. In summer time, be ready to get your smaller kites. When in Kalpitiya there are 20 knots, in Vella the wind is around 25 knots.
Vella Island is about 50 minutes by boat from Kalpitiya and it is possible to do a round trip in a single day. If you are lucky to kite in Vella in full moon you will never forget!!
Would you like more information about Vella island? Check our guide kitesurfing in Vella island!
Ippantivu island is also called “mini vella” due to the very similar conditions as vella, but smaller. Located very near to Wilpattu National Park, it is probably one of the few kite spots in Sri Lanka completely unespoiled ! Because it is half way to Vella from Kalpitiya, it is worthy to go even for a half day kite trip. Because of the venturi effect between the Dutch Bay and Wilpattu Park, the wind in this island is usually stronger than in Kalpitiya
Mannar is the next peninsula North of Kalpitiya and a perfect destination for kitesurfing too. There are many islands with super flat water and steady wind.
5- Dream Spot: Top kitesurfing spot!
Dream Spot is considered as one of the top kitesurfing spots in Sri Lanka. It consists approximately of 1 km beach and is located in Dutch Bay, which is easily accessible by boat from Kalpitiya. A top kitesurfing destination and not to be missed!
Actually, Kalpitiya is where you can organise all your kite trips to the best kitesurfing spots in Sri Lanka. Around Kalpitiya there are incredible and amazing kitesurfing spots and Dream Spot is considered one of the top spots among them all.
How strong is the wind at Dream Spot? What kites should I bring?
The wind is strong in Summer from 18-25 knots, all day 24 hrs. Some days going up to 35 knots, especially in May and June. The best size kites to bring to Dream Spot during Summer are from 7-10 metres.
In Winter the wind is lighter than Summer and picks up later, around midday, losing its force around 4:30 p.m. Wind expected, 14-18 knots. From December to March it is best to bring bigger kites, from 12-14 metres.
Can I make a downwind from Kalpitiya to Dream Spot?
Depending on the kitesurfing season and its wind direction. In the Summer season you can make a downwind from Kalpitiya to Dream Spot and in the Winter season you can make a downwind from Dream Spot to Kalpitiya.
In Summer you have two different options of downwinds:
The first option is to start in Kalpitiya lagoon and go to Dream Spot by the ocean side. If you do this, you will not have any safety boat as the ocean is very rough and too choppy for a small boat this time of the year. However, if you are an ‘experienced’ kiter do not worry too much, as the wind is always an onshore wind and you will love the excitement of the ride!
The second option is to start your downwind from Kalpitiya taking your ride through Puttalam lagoon. If you do this, you should always take a safety boat along with you, for your own safety.
In Winter, you can go downwind from Dream Spot to Kalpitiya lagoon through the ocean only. DO NOT go through Puttalam lagoon in Winter as there is no wind in many places on this route.
I am a beginner. Can I learn kitesurfing in Dream Spot?
Yes, you can. Many kite schools organise kite trips to Dream Spot to teach kitesurfing. This is a very safe spot to learn, always with experienced kitesurfing instructors and with a safety boat.
Dream Spot has become one of the most famous kite spots in Sri Lanka, as the conditions to kitesurf there are great!
Do not miss Dream Spot if you travel to Sri Lanka as it is considered as one of the best kitesurfing spots in Sri Lanka, even in the world!
Other kite spots in Sri Lanka that you should discover
Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka is a great experience for whoever is very passionate about kitesurfing.
Over the last 8 years Sri Lanka has become very famous. The West coast of Sri Lanka is the windiest place in the country, especially during the months of June, July, August and September, also, during the months of January and February the wind is very good and there are incredible flat-water spots to enjoy along the coastline. This means that Sri Lanka is the top kitesurfing destination in Asia! There are a lot of spots where you can kite in Sri Lanka! A part from the above kite spots we recommend you to discover the next kite spots!
Navy Point is also a flat-water kite spot and recently started to become famous when Margarita Kite School team started to organise trips to this beautiful spot, often. During the downwind trip from Vella Island you pass small islets which are stunning to see and thanks to the venturi effects, it is very windy all the time.
From Navy Point you can keep going downwind through Puttalam lagoon, passing close to Ippantivu Island. If you keep going downwind through Puttalam lagoon, you end up at Dream Spot.
The above tips gives you one of the best downwind rides ever! Let us take you so you can experience it for yourself! You will love it and never forget it!
Kappaladi lagoon is another famous kite spot, South of Kalpitiya. Kappaladi lagoon is a great spot for kite beginners and anyone who wants to learn how to kite. This lagoon is very shallow, so it is very easy to learn kitesurfing here rather than other spots with deep water.
Arugam Bay. Arugam Bay is well know for surfing rather than kitesurfing, however it is possible to kite too. If you are interested in kitesurfing in Arugam Bay, I recommend to read our post “Kitesurfing in Arugam Bay”
Weligama, Hikadawa, Tangalle. These beaches, located in South , are perfect for kitesurfing in winter time if you are intermediate-advanced kitesurfer. If you come South to Sri Lanka and you are planning to kite, better you bring your bigger kites as the wind usually goes from 12 to 16 knots. However, if you are lucky, during some days in winter season it can also get up to 20 knots! Also, in summer time, during some days the wind can be really strong but at this time of the year the ocean is very rough and not so good for kitesurfing as in winter season. For sure, you will find the beach empty of surfers at this time of the year.
All the Information You Should Know About the Best Kite Spots in Sri Lanka
Kalpitiya is not only the best kitesurfing spot in Sri Lanka, it is the place kitesurfing place in the world! Every kite surfer should visit the ‘treasure spot to go wild on the water’.
European kitesurfing spots are becoming more and more congested! Kalpitiya offers you the best kitesurfing spots in Sri Lanka, where you are free from this kind of overcrowding of kites.
In Kalpitiya you will find great freedom on the waters, plenty of space and fresh winds that have always got your back! Wide open spaces to practise and improve your tricks … Space that motivates the most ambitious freestylers to go further, heightening their excitement to want to learn more! Kalpitiya overwhelms you with the best kite spots in Sri Lanka.
Every morning you will wake up in Margarita Village and Lagoon keen to explore the next different kite spot in Sri Lanka, taking in the stunning views of each surf spot around Kalpitiya. You will feel the adrenalin build inside you, and, as we know, kitesurfing excitement is the best feeling ever! It is not only our blue lagoon that turns Kalpitiya into the best kitesurfing destination in Sri Lanka, it is the many secret spots of islands we have come to explore and know that gives us the freedom of the water.
From our base, here in Margarita Village, we wish to offer you the full service of showing you the infamous spots we have grown to love for the best kitesurfing experience ever!
Best season for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka:
Are you wondering what is the best season for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka? Basically, the best season to do kitesurfing in Sri Lanka is nearly all year round! Nine months, in fact! You will not find anywhere else in the world giving you a broader time period of constant winds.
The best season to do kitesurfing in Sri Lanka is the Summer season, May to October, being the main season, allowing a kite surfer’s dream turn into reality! Every day you will wake up raring to go then spend the next 6 hours on the water with the wind rushing into your canopy, your feet firmly on your board and you taking control of the bar into the direction of your choice … Enjoying the many spots of excellent kiting around Kalpitiya!
At night you will enjoy the comfort of your bed in one of our two Kite Camps: Margarita Lagoon Kite School and Margarita Village and fall asleep with the constant sound of wind rustling amongst the coconut trees. Sounds idyllic? It is! The wind is your best friend here, therefore, Kalpitiya is the best kitesurfing spot in Sri Lanka, so come and enjoy!
The other best kitesurfing season, alongside the main season, is our Winter season, from December to March.
In total you will find nine months of very reliable wind around the best kite spots in Sri Lanka.
So, note down the best kite season in Sri Lanka in your calendar; check flights and be ready to fly in Kalpitiya, with your board and kite, over the most amazing lagoons and beautiful ocean, to experience a time you will never forget!
We now have five years kitesurfing experience in Sri Lanka and we would like to share our inside knowledge with you and introduce you to the BEST KITESURFING SPOTS in Sri Lanka. So, sit back and click away on the links below to enjoy Kitesurfing with MARGARITA VILLAGE KITE SCHOOL, Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka … Enjoy!
What equipment should I bring to Sri Lanka for kitesurfing?
Depending on which season you travel to Sri Lanka you should bring different sizes of kites! If you travel to Sri Lanka in summer season we recommend to bring around 9-10 meters kites. However, during some days in summer season, the wind can get really strong , around 30 knots so if you have some space left in your boardbag better you bring a 7 meteres kite too. If you travel in winter season, the average size you will need to use is a 12 metres kites and if you are very heavy (more than 80kg) better you bring a 14 metres kite!