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Batticaloa

Batticaloa, East Coast, Sri Lanka.
Location : Batticaloa
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 Fondly known as the “land of the singing fish” is Batticaloa. This bustling city located 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 emerging back to its former glory and the beauty of its lagoons is still very much alive. 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.

Batticaloa has three lagoons where batticaloa is the largest lagoon of them all. One must stand at the edge of these calm lapping waters and feel the beauty of this lagoon city.  Within the Batticaloa Lagoon are several islands and many bridges are built across. A must see is the biggest bridge of all which is the Lady Manning bridge is Kallady.  This bridge is synonymous with the legend of Batticaloa which is their singing fish where on a full moon night it is possible to hear these musical sounds.

In addition Batticaloa boasts of some beautiful beaches such Kallady beach and more famous is the glorious beaches of Pasikudah and Kalkudah which are unspoilt and simply spectacular. Pasikudah is a bay and its sand is so fine. It is a serene and tranquil area which is known to be one of the perfect spots for relaxation in the entire island.

For those looking for some history and monuments stone inscriptions of the Brahmi script can still be found in Urugam and Karadiyan Aru. One must see is the Dutch fort which is still intact today. Built in 1628 it is a small and charming fort in Sri Lanka and its location in front of the lagoon paints a very pretty picture.

Batticaloa is developing as the city has seen much destruction and suffering during the civil war. Its natural beauty is untouched and the city is slowly transforming itself. The towns are bustling with small shops selling day to day provisions and there is no nightlife or luxurious hotels but with its scenic beauty that surrounds this city it is a place to visit.

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