Kitesurfing Sri Lanka - everything you need to know!

KitesurfingGuideSri Lanka

by Max Fischer, 2018-03-26

Kitesurfing Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island state in the Indian Ocean. From the ancient to the modern, the island, due to its location, has been an important hub for seafaring between the Southwest and Southeast Asia. The country is known for its tea, coffee and coconuts. Not forgetting its scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage e.g. Ayurveda, a traditional healing art. Despite its turbulent past due to various local kingdoms and civil war, kitesurfing also made its way to the island. 

Best wind months in Sri Lanka

The wind for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka is very much influenced by the monsoon winds from the Indian Ocean. There are two wind seasons on the island. During summer season, May to October, you will find an average of 18-20 knots with the southwest wind. Not infrequently the winds also reach a strength of 30 knots. Combined with consistently high water temperatures, even through winter season, well, you can leave your wetsuits at home! In winter season, December to March, the wind direction changes to northeast. The wind during this time is much weaker, but still provides enough pressure in the kite! 

Sri Lanka is characterized by a tropical monsoon climate. Due to its location, the island has an average temperature of between 28 dregrees and 30 degrees for the entire country. While the west coast and the south coast are affected by heavy rainfall during the summer season, the north and east of the country remain relatively dry. However, during the winter season and northeast winds, this turns around.

The best months for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka is from May to October for the kitespots in the southeast of the country and for the kitespots in the northwest its December to March.

Best kitesurf Spots

The most famous kitespot in Sri Lanka is probably Kalpitiya - Puttalam. There, you can find the open sea as well as a lagoon. The conditions are similar, while on the sea predominantly choppy water prevails, the water in the lagoon is shallow. For beginners it is advantageous that you can have shallow water in the lagoon. 

1 Kappalady lagoon - choose between flat water in the lagoon and waves on the sea
2 Arugam Bay - sandy beach, wave spot, take care of the few rocks in the water
3 Pottuvil Point - sandy beach, legendary wave spot

Best airlines to Sri Lanka

For cheap flights we recommend Skyscanner! On Skyscanner you can compare different airlines and different airports to guarantee that you will find the cheapest price for your flight. The sooner you look for flights the cheaper you can find them! 

Most airlines charge immense prices for carrying sports baggage. Nevertheless, there are also airlines that may not be cheaper at first look, but at second look they are much cheaper. To carry your kite luggage as cheap as possible we recommend the following airlines

Lufthansa - you can carry kite luggage up to 32 kg free of charge in addition to your normal luggage

Turkish Airlines - similar to Lufthansa you can also carry your kite luggage free of charge in addition to your normal luggage

Ethiad - you can carry two luggages free of charge with Ethiad and can use one of them for your kite luggage (up to 30kg) 

Cheap accommodations

Especially in the area around Kalpitiya - Puttalam there are local kiteschools which also offer accomodations directly at the spot. You can check out tour operators like kiteworldwide and kitereisen to check for complete packages. Most of the times transfers from airport to spot or accommodation is also included. As usual we also recommend providers such as Airbnb and Booking. If you want to look for an accommodation on your own, these sites will help you. There you can find private accommodations and maybe cheap hotels directly at the spot! 

No wind activities for kitesurfers

If there is no wind in Sri Lanka you can just relax at the bar and enjoy the relaxed asian way of life or you can do other activities. Sir Lanka has a lot of historical cities and old ruins e.g. Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications or Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins 

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The island has a beautiful landscape overall. On windless days you can rent a scooter for cheap money and explore the island on your own! Check Tripadvisor to check for attractions and places that you must have seen!

Sri Lanka also offers good conditions for wave riding around the year due to the numerous wave spots. In combination with the friendly people, the favorable lifestyle and the many cultural highlights, one can almost speak of a surfer paradise! The best months for wave riding are December to March on the southwest coast and May to October on the east coast. A well-known wave spot is Arugam Bay! 

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