Alankuda Beach

Alankuda is a beautiful stretch of beach in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka. The beach is home to some of the finest beach hotels in Sri Lanka and they are easily some of the most popular hotels in Kalpitiya. The hotels on Alankuda Beach are well placed for guests to enjoy some of the fantastic activities and excursions Sri Lanka has to offer. This includes but is not limited to kite surfing, whale watching, dolphin watching, water sports, and safari trips.

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, is 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 leopard in the world along with myriad 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. 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.

Munnesweram Kovil is a much-storied Hindu temple whose origins date back to great antiquity. A highly revered temple dedicated to Shiva and associated with Kali, its deity’s name can be translated as the ‘Lord of Antiquity’ and its goddess’ as the ‘Goddess of Beautiful Form’. About an hour and a half away, it is well worth a visit.