Batticaloa is a town rich in old world charm surrounded by beautiful lagoons and pristine beaches. The culture of this town is influenced by the ancient Ruhuna kingdom and the colonial era of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, with descendants of these settlers still residing in the area. The town has earned the name ‘land of the Singing Fish” with local folklore describing a strange noise which emanates from the Batticaloa lagoon – resembling a plucked guitar or violin string.
The nearby beaches of Passikudah, Kaldudah and Kallady are considered the finest in Sri Lanka with soft sandy beaches surrounded by shallow, calm and clear aquamarine blue water perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and water sports such as windsurfing and water-skiing, boat rides and fishing.
Some of the other attractions of this old fort town are the Dutch fort built by the Portuguese in 1628 which houses government offices to date, the Kallady Bridge built in 1924 during the British rule and the 28 meter high lighthouse built in 1913 as well several churches, temples and shrines.