Kalpitiya is known for its serene beauty. It consists of 14 islands and has a total area of 16.73 km2.
It is a marine sanctuary with a diversity of habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangroves swamps, salt marshes and vast sand dune beaches.
Alankuda is a stretch of beach in Kalpitiya that is home to popular beach hotels in the area and is a starting point for off-shore whale watching and dolphin watching in Kalpitiya.
Kalpitiya appeals to all advanced or professional kite surfers due to the high wind conditions and flat water spots as well.