So many kite camps in kalpitiya can anyone reccomend one that is close to lagoon that doesn't get too many mozies we are family of four 2 teenagers that kite we have our our equipment taking with. Would like a larger camp so we can meet other kiters , also looking mid range as we are in sri lanka 6 weeks so need to make dollars stretch a while. Then heading to Mannar if any reccomendations here would also be appreciated.
Thanks in advance scott
Hey Scott, I spent 10 days in Kalpitya before I went to Mannar. Mannar has way way better kitesurfing conditions than Kalpitiya. The lagoon is not that big, far end has dead spots where your kite drops from the sky, shore is lined with beginners from number of schools that multiplied lately and the wind is quite gusty. Kalpitiya has some sharp shells in some areas - easy to get cuts that don't heal very well. Had I known this, I would have gone straight to Mannar. Both places are equally isolated (not much to do unless you are kiting). I stayed at Kitesurfing Lanka - not sure what other camps are like. Some places are less expensive but do not include food or transport to the kite spots. The tourist infrastructure is very poor - quite a project to try to feed yourself (no western food, hardly any restaurants, nowhere to get to by walking, driver service not cheap, driving on local roads not very safe, etc).
The problem is that I don't see any other kite camps in Adam's bridge area (no competition) but maybe you can negotiate a deal staying a bit longer (the Mannar camp is not that busy yet). This problem is also an advantage - lots of space for kiting :-)
I just returned from Kitesurfing Lanka - great camp, nice crew and the way they run the kiting works well (transport etc). There was a mix of people there, younger, older, singles and families. Nice vibe.
Agree with Swavek's comments about the lagoon - I found it a bit frustrating (gusty/dead spots), but I'm still a beginner so I guess my ability to handle those conditions not as good as an experienced rider. That said, it was still very enjoyable!
The overnight trip to Vella Island is well worth doing, superb conditions.
I didn't get to Mannar....