Back in 2011 and my 1st year of backpacking somewhere far from my continent Europe, with dear friend Marta...
Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I have had my 1st fresh coconut there, slept in a worst guest house ever, felt real humidity and met so many nice people on my travels.
If I have to choose what was my highlight, that would be Kalpitiya and also Sri Pada (known as Adams Peak).
I will share my experience about Kalpitiya this time.
After 3 days of meeting the local life and how the things are going on Sri Lanka, in small fisherman town Negombo, Marta and I decided to go by the west coast. We were googling a lot about Lanka and from all beauty we got so fascinated by Kalpitiya.
Kalpitiya is located in Puttalam distric, North Western province of Sri Lanka. It is known for its serene beauty.
North of Chilaw (and about 8km before reaching the town of Puttalam), a side road branches off west, threading its way across the beautiful, windswept Kalpitiya peninsula, fringed with unspoilt beaches and bounded on opposite sides by sea and lagoon. The peninsula’s considerable tourist potential (especially given its relative proximity to the international airport) remains largely unexploited as yet, and government plans to establish a $4 billion tourist zone near Kalpitiya town, complete with luxury resort, golf course and airstrip, have thankfully so far come to naught. For the time being, tourism remains low-key, centred on the marvellous cluster of eco-resorts at beautiful Alankuda Beach.
It was 2am when Criss (our host) woke us up. It was wet, sticky and hot morning in Negombo. 2:30am the bus was stopping here.
Still sleepy Marta and I were on the main road, sitting on our backpacks. The bus showed up on time, we said hi to Criss and for the 1st time met craziness of a "morning music raping". The bus was in a bad condition, like all buses there. Ticket price very cheap. Up from a driver seat flashing lights all over with all gods (Hindu, Buddhist and Christian together). But what we really could not understand is very loud folk Indian music coming from a bad speakers like its a wedding, at 3am.
The bus was stopping literally every 15min to pick up passengers or for conductor and driver to brush their teeth in the middle of nowhere. It was funny I have to admit. Landscapes on the way were amazingly beautiful with all those palm trees by the coast.
Around 7am we arrived. Bus station was literally in mud. As nobody spoke English, we got it, it was our final stop.
Somehow, we agreed the price and where to take us. Hotel, international word for money.
Guided by Lonely planet we were lucky to find backpack area in Negombo. This time, it was an adventure since not even in a guide book existed any info about Kalpitiya. No tourists or un-commercial travelers on this part of Lanka.
1st guest house asked for 2000 rupee with no barging, 2nd one even 2200. Our budget was 1000 max. 3rd one was really spooky. The owner looked like a rapist from some horror movie, big bald headed guy. Price 2000 aswell. We were wondering, are they really that crazy? Having this high prices and empty rooms..
Desperate is a way we felt. -Please take us to some room, any room, cheap one. Do you have a brother, cousin? Do they have any room for rent? - I was almost crying and hoping that tuk tuk driver will understand anything I am saying but hotel. -My brother- he said.
We were not sure if he understood what I was asking but this guy took us to some fisherman village. We stopped near by the ocean, just next to some blue house on the beach. He called someone in a foreign language. A young man showed up. Hi, My name is Shaun. - he said.
Blue house by the ocean
They did not want money, they really wanted to help us.
Our guest room
Shaun and I
Afternoon we spent on a beach, walking and swimming. We played with local kids and learned from them how to play cricket :) Was so nice, peaceful ...
Marta and I
Well hello there!
Local people always friendly
Marta with boys
My favorite cricket player
Another new friend
Considering to local people, this is not iguana, it is a normal lizard :)
I really can see beauty in anything <3
Shaun and Marta
Todays catch :)
Shauns mom and sister
Changing 2 buses, arriving in Puttalam reminded us about an extra mosquito protection as the dengue fever is well known in that town (not saying all the time, when we were there I meant).
It was a great experience that will stay in my heart forever. I am 100% sure I'll be back there one day.
For all of you future travelers, if you choose to visit Sri Lanka make sure you put on your list Kalpitiya, I guarantee you'll be amazed as I was and still am :)