The Alankuda Beach peninsula on the north-west coast of the island of Sri Lanka, 120 km north of the capital Colombo, is one of the most beautiful and least developed coastal stretches in Sri Lanka. This narrow strip of land is separated from the mainland by the Puttalam Lagoon on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other and is home to natural habitats of diverse fauna and flora.
The Alankuda Beach area is a treasure trove of marine, land and bird life including four types of dolphins, five types of whales, and the very rare and shy dugongs (only found in this part of Sri Lanka). The peninsula’s natural attractions consist of a bar reef which is home to the island’s most beautiful corals, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangrove swamps, salt marshes and vast sand dunes.
The Wilpattu National Park is a short drive away and is the island’s largest nature reserve. Home to three of Sri Lanka’s Big Four, it has the greatest concentration of the beautiful leopard, and shelters the majestic elephant and shy bear. Anavilundava Bird Sanctuary, Nawadankulama Tank and the salt marshes are close by and many of the island’s rich avian fauna, in particular the migratory birds can be seen here.