We stopped at a once popular beach called Kalkudah to see the beautiful curving bay with its soft white sand. There is absolutely nothing left of the large number of hotels and guesthouses that used to host tourists from all over the world. The bay was hit hard by the tsunami in 2004 and only a tall water tower perched on concrete stilts remains. We walked along the beach and noticed that it is littered with broken coral. There were a couple of carloads of Sri Lankan families at the beach for a swim and Manjula talked with an ice cream vendor.
The vendor mentioned that all the land around the bay was recently sold to a politician, and it’s clear that it will soon become a popular vacation destination once again. For the time being, there are only a few fishermen scratching a living from the sea. Their lives will be changed once again when the resorts and hotels push them off to another beach.