Kalpitiya is located in Puttalam district, North Western province of Sri Lanka
. It is known for its serene beauty. It consists of 14 islands. It has a total area of 16.73 km 2. The people of Kalpitiya are mostly fishermen. It is now developing as an attractive tourist destination.
Rich in natural beauty, Kalpitiya's history is no less interesting. Records going far back reveal that the peninsula was associated with maritime trade and smuggling escapades since ancient times. It was first colonised by the Portuguese in early 17th Century.
It is now developing as an attractive 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 spinner, bottlenose and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and even the elusive dugong that are of great appeal to potential tourists. 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 popular beach hotels in the area.The beach is a starting point for off-shore whale watching and dolphin watching in Kalpitiya and offers various water related activities.