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Batticaloa District

Batticaloa District

Batticaloa Disrict Sri lanka

Batticaloa located in the eastern cost of the country is the capital of the eastern province

Batticaloa District is located in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka; in fact, it is Sri Lanka’s eastern capital. As it is a major commercial hub, it is a tremendously popular destination for tourists. However, tourists do not only find commercial assets in the city but also scenic beauty. Batticaloa actually has three lagoons that tourist ought to pay a visit. There is the Batticaloa Lagoon, Valaichchenai Lagoon, and Vakari Lagoon. The biggest lagoon is the Batticaloa lagoon as it extends in the North reaching Pankudaweli and the Kalmunai in the South.

Pasikuda in Batticaloa District

There are several tourist areas nearby that cater to the interests of the tourists. The most popular would perhaps be Pasikuda, a coastal resort town in Batticaloa District. One of the highlights of this resort town would be having one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline globally, which means tourists can walk as far as they could and still find the water shallow. It also helps that the currents are weak, so tourists won’t have any trouble walking. As it is always visited by tourists, investors have also taken interest of the location, creating more and probably better resorts, accommodations, and activities for upcoming tourists. Batticaloa doesn’t just offer one beach – it offers at least three picturesque Batticaloa beaches, namely the Kallady Beach, Pasikuda, and Kalkudah. These beaches are not just known to be outstandingly beautiful; they are also known to be pristine. Although thousands of tourists have walked on the beaches, they remain to be clean and breath-taking. The sand on Batticaloa beaches is fine and therefore not painful when walked on. The beaches are good for swimming, too, but if you can always just lie around if you want to have a nice tan on your body. Beaches are also quite accessible from most of the Batticaloa hotels so for sure it will not be part of the things you’re going to worry about.

Batticaloa District Hotels and resorts

Finding a Hotel or a Guesthouse will definitely not be a problem in Batticaloa District. There are various star graded hotels in the area that will surely give you the best vacation yet. Batticaloa hotels have any type of accommodation and resorts to the liking of the tourists, may it be luxury hotels or budget type Guesthouse. These hotel owners keep in mind that tourists would like to feel the culture and traditions of Batticaloa district, but at the same time, experience a more modern touch. The hotels are also competitive not only with what they can offer but also with their architectural design. This would give you an authentic Sri Lankan feel, making you forget about your busy city for a while.

Historical sites and places in and around Batticaloa District.

For history buffs, there are also places for you in this remarkable District. If you want to experience the history and culture of Sri Lanka, specifically in Batticaloa, there are places in the area that will give you a more interesting history lesson than what your text book can offer. For instance the Batticaloa Dutch Fort, a remnant of the 10-year occupation of the Dutch. You can also spot a tiny museum where you can see artifacts. If you want to try Sri Lankan spirituality, you may also opt to explore religious areas in the area such as the Thruuchendur Murugan temple, Mamangam Hindu temple, Thanthamalai Hindu temple or the St. Mary’s Cathedral. There are also several Mosques and few Buddhist temples in Batticaloa District. Many Hindu temples in Batticaloa are dated back to the times of Ramanayam. If you are planning a boat tour or a self-guided walking tour around Batticaloa District, we recommend Puliyanthivu, the metro place of Batticaloa. There are plenty of things to do and see around this area in a short time.

Food and restaurants in Batticaloa District.

Aside from roaming around Batticaloa town where beautiful parks are located and basking in the sun, you can also try the local delicacy of Batticaloa. Local food is absolutely delicious and easy to get. You can also check out the Batticaloa District market to try tropical fruits and buy souvenirs such as spoons made out of coconut shells and raw sugar. If you’re not the type who wants to try different cuisines, there are Batticaloa restaurants and cafe that serve various types of cuisines that are closer to your comfort food. No doubt, there are plenty of choices out there for your tummy’s cravings. Try Sri Krishna for a change to have a traditional vegetarian meal or sunshine tomato restaurant for a western Indian mix food.

Diving and adventure in Batticaloa District

After having a hearty lunch, you may opt to do other fun-filled activities such as diving. The area offers diving tours by professional diving schools where you can see ruins underwater. Batticaloa has an HMS Hermes, an aircraft carrier by the British sunk by Japanese Bombers during the World War II. If you are already an advanced diver, you may be able to see this up close. These schools offer lessons if you’re staying in the area for a while, so might as well learn how to dive in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  For people who aren’t into adventures and just want to sit, relax, and enjoy their stay in a beautiful beach, don’t worry, Batticaloa District has something for you. There are cafes around the area that serve good coffee and tea that comes in a lot of varieties. To enjoy the fresh air and the warmth of the sun, some cafes make sure you have an option to go al fresco.

Due to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and the Sri Lankan Civil War, the number of tourists has declined in the past few years. Some could still see remnants of the Tsunami in some of the beaches. Nonetheless, Batticaloa District remains to be a spectacular tourist destination. It offers a variety of activities, food, accommodation, and even beaches, each giving tourists a new level of experience. There are so many things for people who like different things.

Tourism places in Batticaloa

Batticaloa Sri lanka has plenty of unexploded places for you to visit on your next visit with your family and friends to the district. We give below some tourism places in Batticaloa under deferent categories.

Thrills in Batticaloa

Kirimichai Kulam batticaloa District

Kirimichai Kulam is a large tank in Vakarai region in Batticaloa district. The surrounding is very attractive. Large expanse of paddy fields with looming pristine forest cover behind is very soothing to one’s eyes and mind. One can see locals catching fish on canoes with cast nets. This is an ideal place for boat safari. One can enjoy a variety of birds and animals come to this tank. While having a boat safari one can enjoy all this on this tank.

Access: 64 Km Distance from Batticaloa town to Vaharai Kirimichchai, Traveling time: 1 ½ hrs  Colombo to Vaharai Kirimichchai: 344Km, Travelling Time: 9hrs

Kirimichai Odai Mountain

Kirimichai Stream Hillock is a rocky place in Vakarai region of Batticaloa district. It is a thrilling sight to see this hillock and a fine place for camping out. The surroundings of this location will attract any visitors. Abounded with natural beauty, and large expanse of green fields, this area is soothing to eyes and mind. It is a fine spot to see a variety of birds and animals.

Access:64 Km Distance from Batticaloa town to Vaharai Kirimichchai Odai Hillock, Traveling time: 1 ½ hrs Colombo to Vaharai Kirimichchai Odai Hillock: 344Km, Travelling Time: 9hrs

 

Unnichai Dam Batticaloa District

Unnichai Dam is on the largest tank in Batticaloa and in Vavuna theevu D.S. Division. It is a beautiful tank surrounded by green paddy fields and forest and gives a soothing sight to eyes and mind. There is a variety of fish found in the tank and people use the water for irrigation and the fish for food. One can see wild animals and birds come to drink water from the dam.

Access: 46km Distance from Batticaloa town to Unnichai Dam, Travelling time: 1 ½ hrs  Colombo to to Unnichai Dam: 360Km, Travelling Time: 9 1/2hrs

Maantheevu at Batticaloa District

This is a small Island situated in the cetre of the Lagoon.This tiny island which housed the Govt. Leprosy Hospital until recently, is accessible by small Boats. Several migrant birds gather within this island during the months of March to August every year. It is very interesting to see a large flock of birds with feathers of varying colours on a small area of land. This Island is popular for Boat riding as well.

Bone Island at Batticaloa District

Migrant Birds gather in this island too. This small Island, situated at the cater of the Lagoon, is an ideal spot for Boat-riding to and from the main land.

 

Buffaloa Island at Batticaloa District

This Island, situated at the center of the Lagoon and fairly large in size, has a vast track of developed paddy lands. After harvesting of the paddy crops, local cattle population is allowed to get across to this island by swimming for grazing.

 

Lighthouse at Batticaloa District

The Batticaloa Lighthouse, built in 1913, is situated near the estuary in Palameenmadu. It is 28 meters high. Batticaloa’s lighthouse is around 5 km from Batticaloa city, on the Bar Road. You can access to it by taking Lake Road (also called Munich Victoria Friendship Road) near Kallady Bridge and proceeding along SinnaUppodai Lagoon for around 4 km. It is a very nice area for cycling or walking. This is a famous tourist spot in the Batticaloa Town.

 

Batticaloa Museum

Batticaloa Museum was founded in 1999 and is located inside Batticaloa Dutch Fort. Antique artifacts, tools and utensils that reflect the life styles and culture of the people lived here, evidences of ancient kings and lords who ruled this area, leaf-scripts. Ancient coins, statues, stone inscriptions, antique jewellery, etc. can be seen here.

 

Access:1Km Distance from Batticaloa Town to Batticaloa Museum, Traveling time: 25mn. Colombo to Batticaloa Museum: 319Km, Travelling Time: 8hrs

 

Dutch Fort at Batticaloa District

This is a fine strategic base of very long history in Batticaloa. This fortress was first built by Portuguese in 1628. Then it was captured by the Dutch in 1638. Later, in 1745 the British captured and used it. Batticaloa Fort prevailed as a solid and formidable fortress and very safe during wartimes. Even today one can see many cannons decorating the site majestically. At present, too, this fort houses several regional administrative departments. On two sides of the Batticaloa Fort the lagoon waters laps its craggy stone walls while on the other two sides a beautifully calm moat runs deep giving a soothing sight to eyes and mind.

 

Access:800m Distance from Batticaloa Town to Dutch Fort, Traveling time: 10mn. Colombo to Dutch Fort: 314.8Km, Travelling Time: 8hrs

 

Batticaloa Gate

Batticaloa Gateway is a special historically important beautiful structure erected in the centre of the town. It stands on the ancient bay of the colonial times where once merchant ships anchored and served as the entry point to the long and serene Batticaloa lagoon shrouded by lush green mangroves where the melodious and melancholy “Singing Fish” sang. One can view from this beautiful location of mixed natural beauty and modern infrastructure, all the historically famous bridges, namely “Mannings Bridge,” “Kallady New Bridge,” and the “White Bridge” that connect the town with the coast.

Access:200m Distance from Batticaloa Town to Batticaloa Gateway, Traveling time: 10mn. Colombo to Batticaloa Gateway: 314.2Km, Travelling Time: 8hrs

 

Unnichai Dam

Unnichai Dam is on the largest tank in Batticaloa and in Vavuna theevu D.S. Division. It is a beautiful tank surrounded by green paddy fields and forest and gives a soothing sight to eyes and mind. There is a variety of fish found in the tank and people use the water for irrigation and the fish for food. One can see wild animals and birds come to drink water from the dam.

Access: 46km Distance from Batticaloa town to Unnichai Dam, Travelling time: 1 ½ hrs Colombo to to Unnichai Dam: 360Km, Travelling Time: 9 1/2hrs

 

Pasikudha

The sea beach at “Pasikudha” is the most beautifull sea beach in the Batticaloa district. This beach is clean and perectly safe for bathing and swimnng. One can go to 100m from the beach as the water level is very shallow and stable. The suitable period for bathing and swimming is from January to August every year.

 

Nasivantivu Beach

The sea beach in Nasivantivu in Valaichenai is another beautiful beach in the Batticaloa district. It is also suitable for bathing and swimming. One can go to 100 metres from the beach. The sand at this beach is white in colour. This beach is also another place to enjoy with the family members.

 

Palchenai Beach

The Palchenai beach in Batticaloa is also a beautiful beach. The sand in the beach is white in colour and looks clean. This sea is also suitable for bathing and swimming. Coral reefs in different shapes are found along this beach too. One can safely go to 100 metres from the beach. The sea is rough and waves are high during the period from August to December. It is therefore advised to avoid bathing and swimming during this period.

 

Palaiyadithona Beach

The Palayadithona beach is another important beach in Batticaloa district. The sand here too is clean and white and therefore adds beauty to the beach. The sea is suitable for bathing and swimming. Attractive coral reefs are found in plenty along this beach. One can go safely to 100 meters from the beach. The sea is rough and waves are high during the period from August to December. It is therefore advised to avoid bathing and swimming during this period.

 

Mankerny

The Mankerny beach in Batticaloa is also a beautiful beach. The sand in the beach is white in color and looks clean. This sea is also suitable for bathing and swimming. Coral reefs in different shapes are found along this beach too. One can safely go to 50 metres from the beach. The sea is rough and waves are high during the period from August to December. It is therefore advised to avoid bathing and swimming during this period.

 

Panichankerny

The Panichankerny beach in Batticaloa is also a beautiful beach. The sand in the beach is white in colour and looks clean. This sea is also suitable for bathing and swimming. Coral reefs in different shapes are found along this beach too. One can safely go to 50 metres from the beach. The sea is rough and waves are high during the period from August to December. It is therefore advised to avoid bathing and swimming during this period.

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