Everyday life surrounded by paradise beaches

 
Overall experience (3 reviews)

Overall experience (3 reviews)

"Accommodation was simple, food excellent and adventures to the nearby beach on a motorbike with other ladies hilarious."  

"The host and her relatives and neighbours liked to show their area and culture to me. It gave a very warm and safe feeling. "  Read more reviews

 

COMMUNITY

Quite urban coastal town

LIVELYHOOD

Fishing, driving a tuktuk and other small businesses

FAMOUS FOR

Tamil culture and long coastline

RELIGION

The village is  Hindu and Christian

LANGUAGE

Tamil and basics of English
 

TRAVELLERS

Likely to meet other foreigners

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3 nIGHTS IN kalkudah VILLAGE

150 EUR

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (various professions)

  • Trip to the beach to see dozens of fishing boats departing

  • Visiting the local market for fresh produce

  • Meeting the savings group

6 nights IN kalkudah VILLAGE

250 EUR

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (various professions)

  • Trip to the beach to see dozens of fishing boats departing

  • Visiting the local market for fresh produce

  • Meeting the savings group

  • Joining a Hindu ceremony at the temple (depending on host family)

  • Learning to make flower garlands or handicraft with the producer group

  • Taking a boat  to an island nearby

DUARA CONTACT: prathap 

Prathap is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Kalkudah. He makes sure there is someone to meet you and introduce you to your host family. You can contact Prathap in case you have questions before or during your stay.

My name is Prathap. I am working as a technical officer in a 5-star hotel. I’m really happy to be a member of Duara because I can meet many kinds of people and share our real life with them.”

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

Take a bus directly to Valaichchenai bus stand or to Batticaloa, which is another 30 minute bus ride away. Bus routes are available from most big towns such as Colombo, Kandy or Arugam Bay. You can also catch a night train from Colombo to Batticaloa. You will be picked up from Valaichchenai bus stand by tuk tuk. 

If you want to keep things simple, you can always just get a taxi. From Colombo the drive takes about 8 hours and costs around 120€. 

 

OTHER things to do near kalkudah village

Go fishing with the local fishermen. Ask Prathap to hook you up with the organizers.

Sneak into the pool of one of the luxury resorts further away in the beach. 


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traveller REVIEWS

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HANNA, finland
NOVERMBER 2016

"Staying with the family in Kalkudah with neighbors and relatives coming and going in the house certainly was an experience different from life at home in Finland. Accommodation was simple, food excellent and adventures to the nearby beach on a motorbike with other ladies hilarious. Apart from cooking there is not that much to do at home, so is you stay multiple days be prepared to plan for some program yourself." 

 
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TONY & LAETITIA, FRANCE
OCTOBER 2016

"At first, we were a little disappointed: the place didn't meet our expectations. Before to arrive, we imagined a small village of fishermen near the sea in a untouristic place. Finally, the place is quite touristic and our host was not fisherman but a tuk tuk driver! However, it was nice to visit  all around with him, spend some time on the beach at the end of the days with local people and with him and his family at home (and more of that, I realized one of my biggest dream: I drove a tuk tuk!!)."

 
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SAARA, FINLAND
AUGUST 2016

"Staying with Duara in Kalkudah felt like if I was introduced to a friends friend. They were expecting me and arranged everything like agreed. Yet, it did not feel like I was anonymus guest, but a friend. The host and her relatives and neighbours liked to show their area and culture to me. It gave a very differently warm and safe feeling than being a tourist. All this despite limited common language. Food was also great! Even when something was missing (like towel and mosquito net at arrival) everything was arranged for the night and I have no complaints!"


THE VILLAGE SAVINGS GROUP

One share of your payment goes to a local savings group. In Kalkudah it goes to Koralaipattu producer group, which consists of women producing handicraft for sale to improve the economy of the community.