Kalpitiya lies on the sharp tip of Puttalam and is bestowed with unspoilt, natural beauty, however it is fairly untouched by tourism and is surrounded by a close-knit fishing community. The beach is a famous spot for whale and dolphin watching and the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka, the Bar reef is just an hour’s boat ride away from the coast. This breathtakingly beautiful reef is home to numerous species of tropical fish including manta rays, sharks, turtles and other forms of marine life protected by colorful layers or coral. Further out is Turtle Point Lodge which consists of two underwater ridges, and the stunning Pearl Banks which is a protected home to rare pearl oysters. The underwater currents here are rather faint making swimming, snorkeling and diving safe and pleasant activities. The warm, golden sand stretches out a great distance and is ideal for relaxation and sunbathing. Boat rides around the lagoons are perfect ways to explore the hidden wonders around the beach and visitors can even canoe down the river. This is also the only place on the west coast where tourists can enjoy a 4WD jeep ride along the deserted sand dunes between the ocean and inland, offering a unique way to enjoy the evening sunsets.