Batticaloa is the principal city on the East coast of Sri Lanka that shares borders with Trincomalee. If you are visiting, here is a small guide to help you around the city.
Located about 300+ km away from the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Batticaloa is a major city in the North-eastern part of the island. The city was one that suffered both a severe civil war and natural disasters. It has now flourished and has become a popular tourist destination too.
The Batticaloa Lighthouse
One of the most iconic attractions in Batticaloa is the lighthouse that is located around 5 km from the Batticaloa town. Built in 1913 the lighthouse stands at 28 metres high. Next to the Palameenmadu estuary – this monumental lighthouse was neglected and not cared for during the civil war for 25 years.
The Heavenly Beaches
Pasikudah and Kalkudah beaches aretwo of the most heavenly beaches on the island that are located close to Batticaloa. Their bays are well protected by the ocean and there are so many Pasikudah hotels along the beach such as the Uga Bay that provide great luxury accommodation options for travellers. The beaches are warm with azure blue waters and powdery white sands that make perfect for a heavenly holiday.
Other attractions in Batticaloa
A few other attractions in Batticaloa that must be visited if you are in the city are the Batticaloa Fort, the Kallady Bridge, the Batticaloa Gate, and Gandi Park.