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When to go kitesurfing in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is blessed with two monsoons, which allows for great kiting conditions nine months a year. This is mother nature's gift to the island, making it one of Asia’s top kiting destinations. This gift of mother nature also influences the wind system in Sri-Lanka, so that Kalpitiya boasts more than a handful of kitesurfing spots.

Many who have been to the peninsula would say that it is THE "sweet secret" of the world's kiteboarding atlas. Kalpitiya can also be named as the wind capital of Asia, and this would not be wrong. It is no surprise that the 14 lagoons in combination with kilometers of perfect flat-water, make out backyard a complete kitesurfing paradise for both beginners and advanced riders alike. A flight from anywhere in Europe to Colombo international airport, followed by a taxi ride of 140km, brings you straight to idyllic conditions making these lagoons feel like a kitesurfing playground. However, there’s fun to be had both on and off the water. The nature around Sri Lanka is brimming with historical, cultural and ecological significance. In fact, the largest national park in Sri-Lanka is just a boat ride away from Kalpitiya main lagoon.

Even if you do not want to travel around too far, there are loads of activities right on our doorstep such as, learning to make an amazing Sri Lankan Rice & Curry, collecting mussels, going on a dolphin safari, island safari or mangrove safari, stand up paddle boarding along the banks of the lagoon, mountain biking, horse riding or scuba diving. You won’t be bored during your trip to Kalpitiya.

Now about the wind

Wind during the summer months is much stronger than during the winter months. The gap between Sri Lanka and India across the Adam's Bridge creates a "venturi effect,” which blows wind from the east between May and September. This wind is warm and dry as it comes over the land rather than the sea. This wind is normally stronger than the wind coming from the sea, ranging between 20 – 30 knots, although sometimes more. One of the biggest differences compared to the wind during the winter months is that it blows consistently throughout the day and night. At some of the lagoons, depending on the buildup and vegetation the wind can become a bit gusty, but that also depends on which spot you choose. For example, if you visit one of the islands furthest north you can experience steady wind conditions’ and great a flat-water arena for all levels.

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