Sri Lanka: Butter Flat Lagoons

When the trade winds from southern Indian Ocean prevail in summer, Sri Lanka becomes an ideal kitesurfing spot, for its butter flat lagoons surrounded with mangroves.

Offshore wind + laggoon = butter flat water. Can you tell this is 20+ knots? Simply delicious.

I arrived at Colombo in June, 2019. Flights to Colombo from Hong Kong usually arrived at midnight. I hopped on a van arranged by KitesurfLanka to spend the next 4-5 hours to get to Manar. Given the country just experienced one of its worst terrorist attacks in Apr, 2019, our car was stopped various times by road blocks and they all requested me to open my travel bag and look inside…

Mannar – Adam’s Bridge

According to wikipedia,

Adam’s Bridge,[a] also known as Rama’s Bridge or Rama Setu,[b] is a chain of limestone shoals, between Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India, and Mannar Island, off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka. Geological evidence suggests that this bridge is a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka.

The lagoon that we set off is at the eastern tip of the Adam’s Bridge, separated with the Indian ocean by a long strand of beach that’s as narrow as a few meters.

Spot on Google Map:


I got lucky and was upgraded to enjoy these pretty new bungalows by myself. FYI If you are prone to bug bites, bring plenty of bug repellers…

Kalpitiya – the Main Lagoon

From the northern city Mannar, I took a van for 2-3 hours to end up in the more populated lagoon for kitesurfing. I felt the wind quite gusty though.

For cleaner wind, we took a downwinder to get to a small lagoon/island and enjoyed some awesome sunset session -> camping -> sunrise session.

Food is buffet style. Something to die for after a full day’s kiting session.

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