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Experiences in Batticaloa

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Cycle along coastal paths and fish on the lagoon

Batticaloa is a coastal town which sits at the eastern edge of the island, just south of Pasikudah, and is one of the best places in the island to get a taste of the ‘real’ Sri Lanka. It is still largely orientated around many of the industries that are traditional in this area, such as fishing and handloom weaving.

The most popular way to get around here is by bicycle: join the locals and go on a cycling tour of the backroads of Batticaloa, absorbing the sounds, sights and smells of the town, and along the way visit a Shiva temple and a handloom factory. Another way to immerse yourself in local life is to go out on the lagoon at dusk with a local fisherman in a traditional catamaran and try your hand at fishing whilst admiring your beautiful and tranquil surroundings.

Sri Lanka’s northern areas and eastern coastline are influenced by South Indian traditions, particularly regarding religion and cuisine. The food in Batticaloa is markedly different to that found across the larger part of the island – explore the culinary differences through a cooking class, or by joining a local family for a delicious authentic lunch.

Hosted Experiences

Learn how to cook authentic eastern Sri Lankan cuisine with an experienced host using locally sourced ingredients.

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Individual Experiences

Accompanied by an experienced guide, cycle around Batticaloa’s backstreets, exploring the main highlights of the town along the way.

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Go out onto the lagoon in a traditional catamaran with one of the local fishermen and try your hand at the authentic way of fishing here.

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Dive into the heart of Batticaloa’s culture by sharing a meal with a local family that includes local delicacies, sweet tea and plenty of stories.

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