A primary district of the East, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka is home to some of the best beaches in the country. Its tranquil ambience and humid weather paired with natural position as a harbour provides it to be a distinctive location. Situated six hours from the commercial capital, Colombo, Batticaloa is a popular vacation destination for the global traveller.
A thrill for visitors, the quiet region of Batticaloa in its serenity, houses a number of attractions.
Initially constructed by the Portuguese, the Batticaloa Fort was then destroyed and later fortified by the Dutch. Showcasing the superlative features of Naval Architecture which the Dutch were renowned for, the fort is set amidst the lagoon and a canal.
Referred to as the Lady Manning Bridge, the Kallady Bridge was built during the British Colonial Times. Crossing the vast lagoon of Batticaloa, the Until recently it was the longest bridge in the country. Driving on the bridge offers picturesque views of the region.
Found on Bar road, the Muttuwaran Lighthouse was built in 1913. Its narrow ladder leads it way to the top where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Lagoon. The surrounding vicinity is suitable for bike rides and strolls.
Today Batticaloa is renowned for two of the islands best beaches – Passikudah which is complete with sapphire like waters and marble like sand. And its more deserted sister beach Kalkudah maintains a grainier edge with more Tourmaline like waters.
One of the oldest temples in the region, the Mamangam Kovil is situated three kilometres away from the town. According to folklore, the temple traces its beginnings to the tale of Prince Rama and Sita. It is said that Rama dedicated his prayers to Lord Shiva here.