Continent
Asia
Country
Sri Lanka
Next Big City
Colombo
Next Town
Kalpitiya
 
Type:
Ocean, Lagoon
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Rooms, School, Repair, Rental, Shower, Food

Water

Type:
Flat, Small wave, Medium wave
Hazards:
No information
Quality:
Cloudy
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Flat-water lagoon. The water is shallow enough to enable you to stand and touch the bottom if you want to, but deep enough to throw tricks (thigh-deep to chest-deep). There is one butter-flat, deep-water trick spot downwind of the sandspit where most people rig up and launch. Elsewhere in the lagoon small ripples and wavelets can form when the wind is strong. On the ocean, there are small to medium waves. Downwinders can be made from here to the bigger (but gustier) Sethawadi lagoon to the north.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Big
Hazards:
Fence
Beach Users:
None

Big sandy beach with lots of space. You can also rig and launch on the east side of the lagoon, which is convenient if you are staying in the Kappalady village.

Weather

Spring:
Shorts
Summer:
Shorts
Fall:
Shorts
Winter:
No Information

29┬░C in the water all year round. Shorts and t-shirt weather.

Wind

Best Months:
January, May, June, July, August, September, December
Wind Type:
Trade
Best Direction:
SSW, SW, WSW, W
Main Direction:
N, NNE, NE, SSW, SW, NW, NNW

The spot is best from May through September when the strong Southwest monsoon blows. The wind here is a lot smoother than at the bigger Sethawadi lagoon to the north. Sri Lanka has two wind seasons: from May to October and from December to March. During summer the strong Southwest monsoon blows. During winter the winds become lighter, blowing from Northeast, North, Northwest.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

From Puttalam drive towards Kalpitiya. At the Palankuda junction, bear left towards Kappalady. If you need directions, ask for "Kappalady" - all locals know where it is.

Extra information

Rules
No information

Downwinders are possible from this spot to Donkey Point or even further to the Sethawadi lagoon. "Donkey Point" is the area with waves where the beach veers sharply to the east. You can land either here (still stable wind) or continue further downwind to the Sethawadi lagoon (gusty wind). Another nice option is to start your downwinder further south and finish in Kappalady. There are several areas with decent waves between Norachalai and Kappalady.

Nightlife

No nightlife, just chill and relax and your resort. There is one restaurant in a resort in the village, and another one at a resort upwind of the lagoons.