Kalpitiya Beach

North of Colombo

Kalpitiya Beach at the northern end of the peninsula consists of a long spit of sand most easily reached by boat across the Kalpitiya lagoon. It's a lovely stretch of sand, but there are few facilities here and it can get very windy – too windy to really enjoy lying about on a towel.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby North of Colombo attractions

1. Kalpitiya Fort


The remains of this 17th-century Dutch fort are impressive, but are currently occupied by the Sri Lankan navy, so the interior is off limits.

2. Alankuda Beach

13.19 MILES

Alankuda is the peninsula's busiest and best beach for non-kitesurfing beach bums. If you squint your eyes and blot out the string of giant wind turbines…

3. Wilpattu National Park

28.94 MILES

At 1317 sq km, Wilpattu is Sri Lanka’s largest national park. Hidden in the dense, dry woodland, you'll (hopefully) find an array of wildlife that…