We woke up earlier than usual to catch sunrise at the beach. Aside from four fishermen who were busy on their catch, we owned the whole stretch of Kalkudah Beach. We watched with great anticipation as the sun started to pierce through the thick clouds. There wasn’t a burst of daybreak colors but there was a moment of absolute serenity while I was sitting on the sand trying to meditate. I couldn’t imagine that this exact same shore was devastated a few years back by the deadly 2004 tsunami.
Sri Lanka was the third country on our two-month Beach Hop Asia 2016 backpacking trip. After exploring Malaysia and Thailand, me and my buddy headed to Colombo for an overnight transit and then moved to Sigiriya for a four-day exploration on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Kalkudah was our first beach stop and we dedicated four days in this part of the country.
|On the way to the train station, we spotted a wild elephant that's crossing the street.|
All of the motorists made sure that they were out of its way as it can be dangerous.
The train arrived at eight and we boarded it, together with an old woman. The four-hour ride going to Batticaloa District was charming (LKR100 each | US$0.67). We got to experience what a typical day looks like for Sri Lankan people in the countryside. There were a number of stops but I was never bored. The intense heat lulled me to sleep (weird, I know) and so I stretched out on the padded wooden bench as the train went on.
|Playing hide n' seek with the local kids|
Nirma Shadow Inn was our home in Kalkudah for four days. We scored a good deal online (check discounted rates here) on the cheapest room they have.
|No TV. No AC. |
Yes WiFi. Yes beach view.
|I usually don't have this affection to dogs|
|We owned Kalkudah Beach almost all the time! :)|
Warnings for crocodiles were everywhere but...
|Crows and peacocks were a normal sight|
|Morning scene at Kalkudah|
In those four days, we did nothing but lounged on the balcony; sometimes working on our writing backlogs and sometimes just chatting endlessly about, well, nothing in particular. There were days when we felt like walking on the 14-kilometer stretch of Kalkudah Beach and one time we braved the strong waves just to feel the water. In those days, we cared about nothing but our meals for the day. We’re stuck with nothing to do in Kalkudah but it was the perfect place to get stuck to.
Nirma Shadow Inn
Beach Lane, Kumpurumulai Road,
Kalkudah, Sri Lanka
Contact Number: (+94) 652.054545
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org