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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, centrally south of Trincomalee and north of Arugam Bay. If you are searching for a Sri Lanka destination which will give you a sense of authentic living on the island, Batticaloa is an ideal destination. Here, fishing is the main industry and most people get around by bicycle. Hand-looming is another industry here, and is one of the oldest traditions in this region: you will be able to watch the vibrant threads being morphed into beautiful sarongs and saris at a factory, which is a mesmerizing experience. The Dutch Fort, though it has been battered by the sea for centuries, still makes for a splendid sight and offers an insight into Sri Lanka’s colonial past. You can also visit the lighthouse that has been around since 1913, and the surrounding sea is great for a dip. Head to Kallady Beach and marvel at the beautiful St. Mary’s Cathedral as well, along with a host of other churches and Hindu temples such as the Anipandi Sitivigniswara Alayar.

Fun Facts

  • Batticaloa’s local name is ‘Matakkalappu’ which is of Tamil origin and means ‘Muddy Swamp’.

Experiences & Things to Do at Batticaloa

Batticaloa by Bike - Batticaloa -  Sri Lanka In Style
Batticaloa by Bike

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

Fishing by catamaran on the Batticaloa Lagoon - Batticaloa -  Sri Lanka In Style
Fishing by catamaran on the Batticaloa Lagoon

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.

Garden kitchen cooking class - Batticaloa -  Sri Lanka In Style
Garden kitchen cooking class

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

Lunch with a local family - Batticaloa -  Sri Lanka In Style
Lunch with a local family

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.