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Kalpitiya is a distinct  lagoon in Puttalam district  in North Western  Province of Sri Lanka,  which is consist of 14  islands and has a total  area of 16.73km2. Most of the people in this area are fishermen and is a leading  dry-fish production area of the country. Moreover, Kalpitiya was  famous for pearls in the history. But, after recognizing this area as a  hotspot for marine mammals it is now emerging as a gorgeous tourist  terminus. It is a supreme marine ecosystem with a diversity of  habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans,  mangroves, salt marshes and massive sand dunes.  

Kalpitiya Peninsula

 The Kalpitiya peninsula, Kalpitiya Islands and Kalpitiya Beaches are a much  visited tourist destination in Sri Lanka. Kalpitiya is located 130 km north of the  Bandaranayke International Airport in Katunayake, while it is an exquisite  coastal region located in the Western coastal belt, north of Colombo. Kalpitiya  is a peninsula set in between the deep lagoon of Puttalam to the east and the   magnificent Indian Ocean to the west.  The Kalpitiya peninsula is 48 km long and 6-8 km wide while it is studded with  fine sandy beaches which make you yearn for a beach holiday. In addition to  the Kalpitiya peninsula, the 14 islands around it are encompassed in the  Kalpitiya tourist development project which was envisaged in year 2008.  The 14 islands of Battalangunduwa, Palliyawatta, Vellai I, Vellai II, Vellai III,  Uchchamunai, Ippantivu, Periya Arichchalai, Sinna Arichchalai, Eramutivu,  Sinna Eramutivu, Eramutivu West, Kakativu and Mutwal (Dutch Bay) together  make up 1673 hectares of land which belongs to Kalpitiya.  Kalpitiya area is now developing as an attractive tourist destination. Besides,  it’s specified as 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 breeding grounds for many species of fish and   crustaceans. The coastal waters are also home to spinner, bottlenose and Indo- Pacific humpback dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and even the elusive dugong   that are of great appeal to potential tourists. 

Diving with KDC.....

Bar Reef at Kalpitiya Bar Reef, the largest coral reef (307 square km) in  Sri Lanka, which can be reached by an hour’s boat  trip from Kalpitiya, serves as the ideal sea for keen  scuba divers and snorkelers. The beautiful reef,  exceedingly rich in bio-diversity, is home to an  incredible variety of tropical fish as well as offering  sightings of manta rays, reef sharks and the  occasional sea turtle.
Ultimate diving experiance in Sri Lankan waters......  
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