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Alankuda Beach

  Province North Western
  District Puttalam
  Nearest Town Kalpitiya

Alankuda Beach is a stretch beach recently developed in the Kalpitiya peninsula off the north western coast of Sri Lanka. Alankuda Beach is a starting point for off-shore Whale watching and Dolphin watching at Kalpitiya. Alankuda Beach offers a range of water sports: sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, canoeing, kites surfing and snorkeling.

For those who wish to explore the land around them, a visit can be made to the small, nearby town of Kalpitiya. It’s a vibrant and unspoiled fishing town with an interesting mix of historical buildings from its eventful colonial past.

For those who wish to explore the island's ancient history, the many attractions of the Cultural Triangle, with its ruined cities, temples and statues, are within comfortable reach. About two to three hours away, it contains no less than four of the island’s seven World Heritage Sites.

The 17th century St. Anne’s Church in Talawila, a mere five miles away, is the island’s most renowned Catholic shrine. Legend has it that a Portuguese trader had a vision of St Anne while resting under a banyan tree and returned to build the church that now sprawls over the site. In March and August each year, St. Anne’s hosts the largest catholic festivals in the country, when up to 700,000 pilgrims come to pray.