We decided to rent a tuktuk for the time we were there so this made it easy to go around and it’s a lot of fun driving. We paid 2000 LKR per day for the tuktuk which divided by four people is very cheap. Just know that not every place is accessible by tuktuk and they are not very spacy to get all your kitegear inside but with some tetris-moves you will get there.
The first days of our trip we stayed around Kappalady lagoon which is a pretty small flat water lagoon protected from the sea by a sandbank. We were told the wind is very stable here but we got a bit unlucky and got pretty gusty winds ranging from 12 to 20 knots. The place is quite small but only at certain times it was a bit too busy. Tip: Go early morning or at lunch time. You will have most of the place to yourself. Since we always have the place for ourselves at our kitesurf school on Koh Phangan we are not used to a busy place. Note that this lagoon closes at 5 pm for kitesurfers so the local fisherman can do their thing. In general there is nothing to do in this area but there is one of the best restaurants/chill out places in whole Sri Lanka called the kitehouse (click to visit). The owners Anais from Spain and local hero Keira are great and their place is right against the lagoon so be sure to check it out!
Kalpitya lagoon is the big lagoon where most of the kiteschools and camps are located. The wind here is side offshore and was again more gusty then in our kitesurf school on Koh Phangan but also a lot stronger. Most people here are riding with an 8 or 10 meter kite. The place is big and there is enough space for everybody. All the schools have their chill out area close to the water. We decided to join KitesurfingLanka (click to visit). Their camp is one of the biggest in the area and their organisation is very good. All the staff is smiling and we felt right at home. There is an option to get lunch delivered to the kitespot around noon which is very convenient. They also have a great bar to hang out in the evenings with a lot of other kiters exchanging some great experiences.