From May to December, the turquoise ocean water and tranquil lagoon of Kalpitiya plays host to local and international kitesurfing enthusiasts. Many visit this northwestern town for its various events and competitions held between June and August. Beginners are also welcome and there’s several training centers scattered around.
Arugam Bay, one of the top ten surfing destinations in the world, welcomes thousands of surf pilgrims, particularly during the months of June and July when the conditions are at their best. This surfers’ paradise on the southeast Sri Lankan coast hosts competitions and events along its several challenging point breaks.
This week-long festival is one of the most important dates for Buddhists in Sri Lanka and globally, marking the full moon of Vesak (usually in May). The event is an opportunity for huge cultural displays with food, light and lanterns all in abundance. Locals also enjoy partaking in various acts of 'goodwill' throughout the week.