Batticalo is the second biggest city in the Eastern Province. The access to the town through the lagoon along a cause way and a bridge. It has a very formidable Dutch Fort. This was built in 1682 when coastal area was occupied by Dutch. The Fort is small but much beautiful then the fort in Trincomalee. But motor roads and railway lines are available to reach this area.
There are several beautiful islands within the Batticalo Lagoon and most of them are connected to the landmass by bridges across the Lagoon. The biggest bridge among is the Kalladi Bridge, and it is the main access to the city.
Batticalo has coral reef along the East coast, diving and snorkeling is possible in those areas.
Batticalo Lagoon probably the largest Lagoon is much popular for its singing fish. The singing fish in the area along the Kalldi Bridge make a faint but distinct musical sound like coming from a guitar and you can here that music mostly on full moon nights during the period from April to September. The best way to listen such music by dipping an end of a car into the water and hold the other end to your ear.
BATTICALO LIGHT HOUSE
Batticalo Light House is another prominent building which is built in year 1913 by the British. This round tower is 28 meters high with an observatory at its top, and features a balcony painted in red color.
Batticalo Fort is one of the most beautiful stone Fort of Sri Lanka which was built by the Portuguese in 1628 as trading and administrative Centre. This Fort was guarded by four bastions protected by the sea from two sides and by a moat on other two sides. This was the 1st Portuguese Fort in Sri Lanka captured by the Dutch in 1638.
This site has some religious implications dates back to the 1st century BC and evidenced by a Buddhist stupa remains in this area. Still in the monument stone from the original Dutch Church built in 18th century can be seen here. The VOC symbol of Dutch East Indies Company which dates back to 1638 still visible at the entrance.
Pasikudah is the most popular swimming spot for bath foreign & local tourists. Hence crowded throughout the year. It is known as one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline. Visitors can walk into the shallow water and the sea current here is very low with compared to the other beaches of the country.
Pasikudah is now well arranged coastal resort town with many star class hotels, villas, boutique hotels, home stays and restaurants. Diving and snorkeling is also possible in this area.