Kalpitiya is about 165 KM from the Capital City Colombo (See map on right). A relaxed leisurely drive will take you there in 3.5 hours. Public Transport is readily available to Puttlam but from there to Kalpitya it could be sporadic.
If you leave Colombo around 5.00 AM, a day trip to Kalpitiya for diving is a possibility.
Flying to Sri Lanka: The only International Airport in Sri Lanka is the Bandaranaike International Airport situated about 30 KM north of Colombo.
There are no dive operators in Kalpitiya yet. Please make special arrangements from Colombo before diving there.
Diving season here is December to April.
Compared to the very tourist friendly Negombo and the down south, Kalpitiya is relatively under developed for tourism and finding comfortable accommodation could be a challenge.
Where to eat
There are very few restaurants in the Kalpitiya town area. Do not expect high standards and quality.
Transport within Kalpitiya
Public transport is cheap but may not be readily available. You could also use the omnipresent Three Wheelers (Tuk-Tuks). Always agree on the price before you get in. Prices vary and it is best you get advice from your Hotel about prices before you hail one.
Travel to Kalpitiya is through the newly renovated Colombo-Airport roadway right up to Negombo.
Beyond that the road is narrower but in excellent condition and not very busy.
This route is very scenic and vastly different to what you see in the south.