National Park Fact Sheet

Kalpitiya, consisting of 14 islands located in Puttalam district, North Western province of Sri Lanka is known for its natural environment and the end of a peninsula that divides the Indian Ocean from the Puttalam Lagoon. It is now becoming famous for the  mass gathering of several hundred sperm whales and thousands of spinner dolphins.
 November to March, when the seas are calmest, is the season for dolphin watching and literally thousands of dolphins can be observed in megapods of several hundred at a time. Spinner dolphins are the most commonly sighted species – and the most spectacular as they engage in acrobatic leaps out of the water. While airborne they rotate along their longitudinal axis – hence their name. 
The sea off Kalpitiya is also the haunt of whales, whose movements peak between November and December, and again between March and April. There are five types of whales that occupy the Kalpitiya coastal stretch where the most commonly spotted is the Sperm whale. Sperm Whales are the second largest in the whale family. Among other whales one would be able to spot in Sri Lankan shores of Kalpitiya are the Blue Whales, the Minke Whale, Melon Headed Whale and the Dwarf Sperm Whale.
The sight of these enigmatic giants of the deep surfacing from time to time is both breathtaking and spellbinding.  

Best Season : November - April

Main Attraction :  Spinner Dolphins and Sperm Whales

Shortest Route : Fly to Colombo and drive to Kalpitiya

Nearby : Wilpattu (78 km), 

Province :   North-Western

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Vegetation :  

Major City: Colombo (170 km)

Airport : Colombo (170 km)

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Colombo : 170 Km


Best Time to visit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 Night 2 Days Available on request
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