Also known as the “land of the singing fish” is Batticaloa. This lively city situated on the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka was once caught up in the blood of the civil conflict and therefore is under much development today. However it is now rising back to its past glory and the beauty of its lagoons is still very much apparent. In addition to these lagoons are the islands as well as the glorious beaches, bridges as well as a few stone inscriptions and the wonderful fort left by the Dutch and Portuguese can be found in Batticaloa today. Surrounded by the beauty of the calm lagoons this city is now a famous place to visit with much history and hospitality to see and feel.
One of the most popular attractions of the town is the historic lighthouse that stands out against the blue skies and blue lagoons along the Bar Road. The oval masonry tower was built by the British when they ruled the island in 1913.For many years the lighthouse stood since its inception as a symbol of light, relief and hope for all the sailors who sailed the rough seas of the Indian ocean, today the lighthouse is a reminder of the great majestic history and heritage of Batticaloa.
Standing a colossal 28 metres the Batticaloa Lighthouse contains five windows and an observatory deck. The locals fondly call it Muttuwaran lighthouse which means in the local language where the lagoon meets the sea. The lighthouse is located exactly where one of Batticaloa’s many lagoons meets the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by many Palmyra and coconut trees it makes a very pretty picture along with the calm waters of the lagoon on one side and the waves of the ocean on the other side of the tower. There is only one strip of sand that separates the lagoon from the sea which is why the road where the light house stands is called Bar Road.
The history of the light house and all that it has stood for along with the surrounding beauty of the East Coast makes this location a spot that must be visited.