Dolphin and Whale Watching
Alankuda Beach is one of those rare places in the world where these most amazing creatures of the sea can be observed with regularity and close at hand.
Our kite surfing season runs from May till October and Alankuda Beach is considered one of the top locations for experienced kitesurfers. Advanced riders can take lessons at Alankuda Beach and Guides can be provided for ‘Down-winders’ commencing at Alankuda Water Sports Centre.
Water sports on offer include wind surfing, sailing on either a laser or a catamaran, kayaking and canoeing. Also on offer are exhilaraiting water wing and donut rides. All of these are available at the Boat House at Alankuda Beach.
Two hour fishing excursions are available at the Boat House. Alternatively, you can combine fishing with a visit to Bar Reef.
Take one of our bicycles and explore the immediate area around Alankuda Beach.
For a snorkeling experience closer at hand than Bar Reef, you can go half an hour by boat to the reef just off the famed St Anne’s church, having visited a typical fishing village accessible only by sea en route and enjoy an hour and a half of lazy, hazy time taking in the colourful delights of corals and the fish that inhabit them.
This is only available to PADI qualified divers holding a valid diving license. Among the many diving attractions is the not-to-missed Bar Reef Shelf. All equipment is available but 48 hours notice is required.
Willpattu National Park
Willpattu National Park has been closed for most of the last two decades and was re-opened recently, in April 2010. You can be among the first in years to visit the varied wild life of this, the island’s largest national park.
Munnesweram Kovil is a much-storied Hindu temple whose origins date back to great antiquity. About an hour and a half away, it is well worth a visit.
Bar Reef is a beautiful coral garden featuring extraordinarily beautiful coral formations with gorgeously colorful tropical fish darting in and around them.
St. Anne’s Church
The 17th century St. Anne’s Church in Talawila, a mere five miles away, is the island’s most renowned Catholic shrine. 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.
Bird Watching in Alankuda is a Twitcher’s dream come true. While Alankuda and its environs are a delight in themselves, we can arrange specific bird watching tours further afield, accompanied by a local expert if necessary.
Puttlam salt pans
The Puttlam salt pans are a half hour drive away for those interested in learning what one of our most basic condiments goes through before it ends up on our tables and in our food.
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.
Take a Lagoon Tour in search of Pink Dolphins and the elusive Dugong.
Kalpitiya Fort & Town
For those who wish to explore the land around them, a visit can be made to the small, nearby fishing town of Kalpitiya. Called Calpentyn by the Dutch, who established it as an important fortified trading port, it’s now a vibrant and unspoiled fishing town with an interesting mix of historical buildings from its eventful colonial past.
Khomba is in a remote location. The shops in the local village Puttalam are fairly basic, whilst you can get a fantastic array of fresh fruit and vegetables other commodities are quite hard to come by. It is advisable take a good supply of sun block, mozzyrepellent, antihistamines, painkillers as well as basic first aid kit.
Along this stretch of beach electricity is very intermittent.The fridge is run on a generator. Sisira switches this on every evening and enough times during the day to keep the fridge cool. Ice is also brought in daily.This is commonplace throughout Sri Lanka.
You are welcome to use the three swimming pools along the beach. We all know each other and help each other out. Drinks and bar snacks can be purchased at every pool. There is also the sea, but during the low season, April to the end of October, the sea can be unsuitable for swimming.
This is proving to be very popular and is a great thing to do in the ‘off season’. When it is too windy to be out in the Indian Ocean dolphin watching head to the lagoon behind Khomba Beach House and about 15 minutes away is where you will find Kite Surfing facilities, www.srilankakiteschool.com
Dolphin and WhaleWatching. Snorkelling on the reef
This is hugely popular during the high and peak season, but not possible during the low season. The sea state could make it too dangerous. Khomba has its own boat, but staff need to be informed beforehand. A separate charge is levied for use of the boat, due to the costs involved. To manage these costs you could combine a snorkelling trip after viewing the dolphins.
Within 300 metres there’s the highly acclaimed Bar Reef Resort – sister to Sri Lanka’s most outsandingayurvedic retreat, Ulpotha – and Palagama Beach, with Udekki to your right. Clients are free to use all the facilities at the other hotels including pools and the water sports centre at Bar Reef Resort. There are four restaurants at the other hotels for you to dine in should you like a change from the delicious food cooked up by the Khomba Beach House chef.