Dolphins and kite-surfing are what brings people to the relatively undeveloped Kalpitiya peninsula. Schools of dolphins hundreds strong can often be seen playing in the offshore waters; boat safaris offer close-up views of these aquatic mammals. Meanwhile, for those who want to act like a dolphin dancing through the waves, Kalpitiya, with its near-constant strong winds, is widely considered to have the best kite-surfing conditions in South Asia.

As well as all the water-sports activities, most hotels can also organise Wilpattu National Park safaris, but it’s a fairly long drive and you’ll miss dawn, which is the best time for seeing animals.