website is designed to
provide valuable information about Batticaloa - the regional capital
of Sri Lanka’s eastern coastal area. Batticaloa is situated 314 Km
(195 Miles) from Colombo on the east coast. It occupies the central
Part of Eastern Sri Lanka and covers a land area of approximately
2633.1 Square Km. The District accounts for 3.8% of the Countries
Total Land area.
Batticaloa stands on
a long, sandy spit of land pointing northward and separated from the
mainland by a large brackish lagoon which extends southward for many
The charms of
Batticaloa such as the heavenly beaches of Pasikudah and Kalkudah
have rarely been molested. Pasikudah is a bay protected from the
ocean. The significance of Pasikudah is that its bed is flat and
sandy and has a pleasant effect on the feet. This can be experienced
up to nearly 150 to 200 meters from the shore. The
seabed is short on rock deposits, however it consists of sea
cucumbers, which resemble a baby pool.
If one has to get his chest or neck wet, he or she might have to
walk for more than 100 metres outward. Pasikudah is an ideal
location for those who wish to learn swimming. Pasikudah is in
perfect harmony with its stunning natural setting on the island's
eastern tip. With its atmosphere of rarefied tranquillity, it is a
place for relaxation and renewal.
In Batticaloa - You
can swim or fight with the waves in the sea all year round. On a few
occasions in January and February the lagoon is opened up by the
people living on its shores, and excess water streams out to see.
With this opening, there is a bustling fishing life, and it is
dangerous to swim nearby until it is closed again.
is famous for its singing fish - The musical sounds are heard in the
lagoon near the Kallady Lady Manning bridge when the night is lit by
a near full moon and minimal wind. A priest named Father Lang
recorded this musical charm and broadcast it in the 1960s over the
SLBC (Sri Lanka Broadcasting Cooperation). If you are lucky, on a
moonlit night, you may hear the singing fish which are heard to sing
in the night in the Batticaloa lagoon which traverses through the
District extending 73.5 km. to Verugal in the North from Batticaloa
Town and also extending from the Town 35.2 km. from the South up to
Thuraineelavanai. A major part of the population is concentrated in
the narrow strip between the sea and the lagoon. The Western portion
of the lagoon is sparsely populated and 90% of the paddy lands are
found in this area. A major portion of the population is engaged in
Agriculture while the fishing population occupies second place in
the social structure. However, lagoon fishing as well as coastal
fishing take an important place in the day to day lives of the
presents unique opportunities for boating, fishing and
bird-watching. Moreover, there is the added attraction that the
forbidding crag of Friar’s Hood dominates the surrounding scenery.
Although it is not the largest lagoon in Sri Lanka areawise, it is
navigable for a longer distance than any other.
Batticaloa is more
interesting than any tourist resort that's hyped to the hilt. The
conditions don't allow any of the people there to be artificial and
that's probably one of the tricks.