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Dolphins & Kalpitiya : Unbelievable

Dolphins & Kalpitiya : Unbelievable
Dolphins in Kalpitiya

Dolphins in Kalpitiya

There is a famous saying by the Dalai Lama that once a year you should “Go to a place you have never been before” and this mantra I followed to the letter when we visited Alankuda resort in Kalpitiya close to Norochcholai to enjoy a wonderful experience of Dolphin sighting and a retreat that can best be described as Paradise, which I wish to share with you all.

We took the journey to Kalpitiya a village at the finger tip of the west coast & turn off just before Puttalam, only 3 to 3 1/2 hrs drive on a well carpeted road and I was fortunate that I was behind the wheel of my cousin’s Volvo SUV which made the trip extra comfortable, we leave early morning and what awaits you is simply unbelievable.

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Boat Ride

Alankuda named after the place it is located at, has become tremendously popular for Dolphin watching and is an awesome eco friendly, green, beach resort comprising 2 villas & 4 Cabana’s built in typical Ambalama style with thatched roof,simple coloured cement flooring and absolutely fascinating open air toilets, equipped with locally made fittings such as coconut shells & brass bowls and the shower from a tree trunk makes you feel as though you are under the Devon falls.

Just to chill out in the vast open spaces in the same Ambalama type summer houses and the Bawa inspired infinity sea water swimming pool leaves many years behind you. But then, we came here to watch the Dolphins and not only rave about the breathtaking beauty of this resort owned by Dallas Martinsteyn.

Sunset

Sunset

We have to leave at the crack of dawn because the boat ride takes you to deep sea with even the coast line not visible and the boat with a 25 hp motor can carry only 6 pax. We traverse the seas for over an hour but no sign of the lovable mammals we came to sight, then a tele call from the other boat and we were then riding the high seas & waves at over 100 mph to reach a highly active spot and lo and behold a pod of Dolphins numbering well over 200 and perhaps close to 500 or even more.

These creatures were simply fasinating gliding close past our boats as though they were providing us with a royal escort and then thrilling us with their somersaults and frolic, some of them within touching distance and somehow too quick for us to get those exclusive shots with a digital camera, you require a camera with a fast shutter speed to save these images for prosperity.It was a spectacle that defies description but we savoured every precious moment, because on some days you may not be lucky to sight them.

We return to shore and take a relaxed and absolutely refreshing dip in the crystal clear ocean and appreciate the cleanliness of an unpolluted beach with no debris or dirt and breathe the clean & fresh air before moving towards a sumptous breakfast.Boating, fishing & kayaking are some of the other activities that you could indulge in.

More Dolphins

Go to Kalpitiya before the place gets invaded by tourists and becomes another commercial spot, go before nature is destroyed by pollution & litter and becomes an unnecessary concrete jungle and enjoy the serenity, tranquility and richness of nature that God has bestowed on us.
The all-inclusive package at Alankuda covers everything including accommodation & linen, the boat ride, all three meals, an unlimited supply of beverages, plus local liquor & beer, chasers, drinking water, unrestricted bites, prawns, fish and you can even carry your own foreign liqour.
The meals are typical Sri Lankan & well prepared, rice & curry, stringhoppers,Kirbath, crabs and lots of sea food with tea & coffee available right thru’ the day and the deal costing only 7,500 per head  is full value for money with excellent service by some friendly unspoiled staff.
What a great way to watch Dolphins, simply fantastic, go to Kalpitiya before it’s too late.

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