Dutch Bay Journey
Dutch Bay is an Island of Sri Lanka’s breathtaking beauty and rich history. Set within an oasis of mangrove forests, and water reservoirs, you will find Dutch Bay Resorts a tranquil sanctuary. Dutch Bay Resorts consists of 3 phases. Phase 1 entails 17 chalets, reflecting the region’s colonized heritage in every elegant arch, white-bricked edifice, golden-sanded pathways, and reflective lagoon and Indian Ocean lifestyle, depicting the homage of Kalpitya’s adventurous trail. Phase 2 will consist of exquisite 80-100 Signature Villas, a magnificent Town Center, a glorious Dutch Fort, and remarkable Gulf Course along with a Gulf Club. Phase 3 will have a marvelous Marina and Yacht Club.
Kalpitiya was once known as Kalpenty, which was the name given by the early Dutch colonists, is located in Sri Lanka’s North Western Province of the Puttalam District, on the peninsula that separates the Puttalam lagoon from the Indian Ocean. The total area of the Kalpitiya Peninsula is around 92.26 km2. Dutch Bay Island is a 770 acres mangrove forest hideaway, located on the North Western province of Sri Lanka. The area, known as Kalpitiya, is 165kms from Colombo. Predominantly a fishing community, it is strategically located on a natural peninsula. This exceptional area separates the Puttalam lagoon from the Indian Ocean. The area has a rich cultural heritage, which includes a Dutch and Portuguese influence, dating back to the 16th century.
The population density is on average 704 individuals per km2 with a total estimated population of 64,912. The inhabitant breakdown consists of 54% Sinhalese, 40% Muslim and 6% Tamil. In addition to Dutch Bay Island, there are 14 islands off the Kalpitiya Peninsula, 6 of which will be part-leased to the private sector for the purposes of becoming tourism developments for the Phase 1 of The Kalpitiya Integrated Tourism Resort Development Project (KITRDP).
Kalpitiya is one of the most picturesque, virgin coastal areas of Sri Lanka. The Department of Wildlife Conservation, and Ministry of Environment, has declared the Kalpitiya peninsula area a marine sanctuary. This is largely due to the presence of 40km² of live coral, within a 307 km² aquatic haven. Kalpitiya has a wide variety of diverse habitats, including bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangrove swamps, salt marshes and vast sand dune beaches. The eastern part of the Kalpitiya Peninsula includes The Wilpattu National Forest. Dutch Bay itself has 27 endemic bird species, along with a diversity of inhabitants due to the unrivalled environment. Five different ecosystems of this unique destination means that it is a safe haven for dugongs, migrating and resident bird species, marine turtles, dolphins, whales, and many more under water species.
The climate is generally tropical with an annual average rainfall of about 1,400mm (800mm to 1,900 mm). Kalpitiya maintains very high temperatures all year round (280C to 360C), perfect for travel during any season.
Every grain of sand has it’s own story to tell you. Dutch Bay is a 21st Century Innovation, with a 16th Century address.