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Located on a sandy stretch of the unspoilt Kalpitiya Peninsula, Dolphin Beach Resort offers stylish accommodation in spacious, custom-built, African-style safari tents.

The tents are air conditioned and shaded by thatched roofs, and each is set well apart amidst a grove of coconut palms with sea views. Each unit takes its name from different species of dolphins: spinner, bottlenose, humpback, Risso’s, Fraser's, spotted and striped, etc. 

Each tent has a verandah that provides welcome shade during the day, and a chic en suite bathroom with a rain-shower caps the luxury. Comfortable interiors with king-size beds and unique furnishings turn the living space into an intimate and cosy hideaway. An open-sided pavilion at the heart of the camp serves a range of international fare, and there’s even a wood-fired pizza oven!

The resort is located 100 kilometres north of Colombo airport.

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Kalpitiya is well known for sightings of spinner dolphins and due to the deep water channel that runs close to the peninsula, whales are often seen too. Birdwatchers also take note, for it is one of the best places in South Asia to see Persian shearwater, wedge-tailed shearwater, brown noddy and pomarine skua.

  • Where: North Eastern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: blue whale, sperm whale, spinner dolphin, spotted dolphin, gull-billed tern
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Dolphin watching