35 kilometers northwest of Batticaloa, Kalkudah is a coastal resort town. Kalkudah beach was declared as the National Holiday resort in 1973. This swimming beach is dotted with palms that offer shade to tourists who enjoy the cool waters of the eastern coast. The golden sandy beach is the epitome of postcard picture wonder. Kalkudah, which means "rock bay" in Tamil, has left many tales behind in the ruins of what used to stand strong. However, frolicking on the beach and nestling in the shade are some of the best ways to enjoy this best-kept secret of the eastern coast.