Kalpitiya is located in the district of Puttalam in the north western province of Sri Lanka. It is known for its natural environment. It consists of 14 islands with a total area of 16.73 km². The people of Kalpitiya are mostly fishermen. The fishing village is now becoming a tourist destination.
Kalpitiya is known for its pristine sandy beaches, kite-surfing spots and great scuba diving grounds - most notably the 300km2 Reef Bar and Kalpitiya Ridge, as well as boat trips to the Wilpattu National Park and Lagoon. In addition, Kalpitiya is Sri Lanka's premier dolphin viewing site between November and April. While off the coast dolphins sometimes swim in groups of more than 100 specimens, the rare humpback dolphins, with their distinctive pink colour, can be seen above all in the lagoon. There, too, the primeval-looking Dugong romps can be seen.
It is easy to explore the surrounding area on your own by bike. Of course, there are also tuk-tuks in case you prefer to drive.