When Batticaloa calls you to Sri Lanka’s alluring eastern coast, take some time out from the pristine beaches in the area to embark on a walking tour of this vibrant eastern city, especially the charming area of Puliyanthivu, which presents an enthralling array of sights just waiting to be explored. Treat yourself to a quality Sri Lanka resort that is the perfect beach getaway for couples on vacation. Consider checking into the idyllic surrounds of Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa which is one of the finest Sri Lanka honeymoon hotels on the island. Take a stroll down the iconic Puliyanthivu section of Batticaloa town, and be treated to an intriguing array of history and culture that spans several centuries and multiple cultures. Here you will find the exquisite green and white edifice of the Jami-Us-Salaam Jumma Masjid mosque, whose clean lines of white and hunter’s green is a visual feast for the eyes. Encounter the vibrant blue façade of the history St. Mary’s Church, which gleams like a sapphire beneath the tropical sun. Perhaps venture within for a closer look and breathe in the decades of history permeating the walls and pews of this iconic church. For some stellar examples and excellent photo opportunities of colonial architecture, visit St. Michael’s College and St. Vincent Girls’ High School which are excellent examples of the rich colonial influence that once saturated the country.
One of the most famous attractions in Batticaloa is the Old Dutch Fort, which dates back to the early seventeenth century and was constructed by the Portuguese to be claimed ten years later by the Dutch. It sits on the edge of the blue lagoon, with two sides of the four-sided structure affording panoramic lagoon views – a must for any professional or amateur photographer. Pulianthivu is a major commercial and cultural area in Batticaloa that requires a day to fully soak in all its cultural offerings, so take your time to explore it fully.