Alankuda Beach is a stretch beach recently developed in the Kalpitiya peninsula off the north western coast of Sri Lanka. This is a starting point for off-shore Whale Watching and Dolphin watching at Kalpitiya and offers a range of water sports such as sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing and snorkelling. The first four hotels and resorts developed at Alankuda beach are Bar Reef Resort, Palagama beach, Khomba House and Udekki. For those who wish to explore the land around them Kalpitiya is 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.Wilpattu National Park, the island’s largest wildlife sanctuary, where you can find one of the highest concentrations of leopards in the world along with myriads of other wildlife, is an hour’s drive away.The 17th century St. Anne’s Church in Talawila, a mere five miles away, is the island’s most renowned Catholic shrine. Munneswaram Kovil is a much-storied Hindu temple whose origins date back to great antiquity. The salt pans of Puttalam are just thirty minutes drive away for those who are interested in learning what one of our most basic condiments goes through before it ends up on our tables and in our food.