Hotels in KalpitiyaBack
This little-known part of the country is stunning, rural and varied. Head to Kalpitiya, a quiet coastal town which is a popular spot for kitesurfing, or those seeking a secluded beach escape. The more adventurous at heart should go inland and explore Sri Lanka’s rural north-west wilderness – the area is renowned for its picturesque lagoons and ancient tanks that were constructed during the Anuradhapura period almost 2,000 years ago, and Wilpattu National Park, the oldest wildlife park in the island and also one of the most beautiful. From here you can also explore the fascinating ruins of Anuradhapura, the first kingdom of Sri Lanka.
There are several special hotels in Kalpitiya and Puttlam. Try one of Kalpitiya’s beach resorts, both of which have a deliberately rustic feel and offer secluded accommodation in individual cabanas – we love the salt-water infinity pool at Bar Reef Resort. A truly magical experience is had at The Mudhouse in Puttlam, an eco-retreat immersed in nature that operates without electricity and remains one of the most truly peaceful and escapist properties in Sri Lanka.
Preceded by its salt-water infinity pool, Bar Reef Resort is home to 11 cabanas and two villas which have been designed with a deliberately rustic feel. If you’re there at the right time of year, you will be able to spot whales and spinner dolphins.
The Mudhouse is utterly unique and enchants all of those who visit. A fantastic feature of this property is the diverse range of rustic-style accommodation. No electricity and traditional cuisine enhance this authentic experience.