A place seemingly lost in time. A place of tradition and deep rooted cultural beliefs. A place of unspoilt beaches.
Located in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, Batticaloa opens a whole new perspective of Sri Lanka to visitors. Now a major commercial city, “Batti” as it is fondly referred to by locals, boasts of a rich cultural heritage that can be witnessed by those exploring the area.
As you wander the streets amidst a laidback atmosphere, you will come across a variety of religious monuments that bear testament to the deep-rooted faith of the local community; Our Lady of Sorrows church, St Joseph’s Convent, the Anipandi Sitivigniswara Alayar Hindu temple and St Michael’s College to name a few. A historical monument worth seeing, the Old Dutch Fort can be found on a small island and is a fascinating remnant of the city’s colonial past.
Of course, no trip to Batticaloa is complete without a visit to its beaches such as Pasikuda and Kalkudah, which lie nestled next to each other. Travel to Pasikuda Beach which is located approximately 30 minutes from Batticaloa town and explore its beautiful long stretch of shallow coastline, giving you the chance to walk several kilometres into the ocean. An ideal way to get here would be to take one of Ravana Air’s scheduled flights to Pasikudah in Batticaloa which provides a perfect way to get an overview of this coastal destination that makes for an exceptional family getaway.
Both the beaches of Pasikuda and Kalkudah offer relatively uncrowded settings in which to enjoy the sun, and sand in relative seclusion and let you try such activities as swimming and snorkelling amidst azure ocean waters.