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Kalpitiya Lagoon Boat Safari

Attraction

About

Kalpitiya is located in Puttalam district, North Western province of Sri Lanka. It is known for its natural environment. It consists of 14 islands. It has a total area of 16.73 km². The people of Kalpitiya are mostly fishermen. It is now developing as a tourist destination.

It consists of 14 islands. It has a total area of 16.73 km2. The people of Kalpitiya are mostly fishermen. It is now developing as a tourist destination.

Tourism industry

It is now developing as a tourist destination. It is a marine sanctuary with a diversity of habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangroves swamps, salt marshes and vast sand dune beaches. It provides nursing grounds for many species of fish and crustaceans. The coastal waters are also home to a spinner, bottlenose and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and the elusive dugong. The Sri Lankan government has now formulated a master plan for the development of tourism industry here.

Alankuda is a stretch of beach in Kalpitiya that is home to a number of beach hotels. The beach is a starting point for off-shore whale and dolphin watching in Kalpitiya and offers various water related activities.Hotels and resorts here include Bar Reef Resort, Palagama Beach, Khomba House,

Udekki and Dolphin Beach Resort.

 

Tour description provided by Viator

 

This tour takes you on an exciting adventure exploring the Kalpitiya lagoon by boat. Learn about the history of Kalpitiya and its wildlife. Ride a boat through the wilderness as you do some bird watching and spot some rare waders and waterbirds. Explore the historical sites alongside the lagoon. Visit the famed local sight, the Giant Baobab tree. Finish off with a delicious picnic lunch in the jungle.
You will be starting your tour from Kalpitiya Dutch Fort at 7 am, where you will be met by your guide. He will brief you on the history of Kalpitiya, especially during the Dutch Era. He will also tell you more about the unique geological features of the area, the marine lifeforms, the other wildlife and birdlife, and their behavior.You will then be taken on a boat ride through the lagoon of the Puttalam region, northwest of the island. Bordering Wilpattu, the lagoon is broken up into three areas.
 
           There is the Kalpitiya Lagoon towards the west, the Dutch Bay Lagoon towards the north and the Puttlam lagoon to the east. The entire lagoon is a marine sanctuary with a number of diverse habitats ranging from flat coastal plains and vast sand dune beaches to mangrove swamps and elephant inhabited jungles. The lagoon is home to many rare species, including the last few remaining Pink Dolphins of Sri Lanka.  You will be passing by the 14 islands that dot the entire lagoon (all three sections), and will be stopping at some of them.Your tour will also pass through the Wilpattu National Park where you will get to see many flora and fauna. There is a slight chance that you may even catch a quick glimpse of a Sri Lankan Leopard.
 
You will be able to visit historical sites and witness the swiftly changing landscape from the sandy beaches to the the swampy mangrove forests, and from coastal plains to tropical jungles.The area is famous for its large number of pelagic birds, waders and other bird species. So don’t forget to bring your binoculars and your cameras. A highlight of this trip is the giant Baobab tree, which towers over the surroundings vegetation. After viewing the ancient tree, your boat will be mooring. You will then enjoy a a wonderful picnic lunch surrounded by the jungle. After that your boat will head to the drop-off point, where your chauffeur will meet you. Your Lagoon Safari will end at approximately 2:00 pm.
 
 

What’s included

  • Service of English speaking member of the Adventure team
  • Refreshments
  • Picnic Lunch on the river bank deep inside Wilpattu (Hot Lampraise with a chilled Beer, Curd & Treacle )
  • Cold Towels
  • Refreshments
  • Services of min 1 or max 2 Adventure Specialist / host of Little Adventures (Trained & Certified in CPR & First Aid Care)

What’s not included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Food and Beverages where not specified.
  • Gratuities.
  • personal expenses.