Replies: 2 - Last Post: Oct 3, 2012 9:47 AM Last Post By: colomboeighter
Oct 2, 2012 1:02 AM
AlankudaHas anyone been the Alankuda/Kalpitiya beaches north of Colombo? Are the beaches (in termsof cleanliness, beauty, water sports, etc) as nice as they seem to be on the websites? We're a party of 8 adults and 3 children planning a 6-day trip in the last week of Dec. The ages will be between 80 and 8 so we don't want anything too hectic. We want to stay put in one beach mainly for about fourdays with day trips to nearby beaches. The reason for picking beaches north of Colombo is that Anuradhapura and Sigiriya,the two other places I'd like to take in, are shorter drives away.
Oct 3, 2012 12:16 AM
1Read this thread from TripAdvisor about a month ago. It seems you get a good view of the coal fired power plant from Alankuda. This is the same power plant that keeps mysteriously blowing up and bursting into flames. Built by the Chinese, it has NO pollution controls. It's proving to be an attraction of its own.
Oct 3, 2012 9:47 AM
2Alankuda and Kalpitiya are interesting with a different feel to the rest of Sri Lanka. But they are far from the Sri Lankan cliche of a tropical paradise - dry, dusty and poor.
There are some excellent places to stay up there. However, in my experience, the beaches were pretty grubby. Most people go up there to kite surf.
The area is definitely worth a visit - in fact I liked it enough that I'm going back up there this weekend - but it certainly wouldn't be top of my list of family beach destinations.
Remember Unawatuna is now only 1 3/4 from Colombo on the new highway!
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