A Cultural Tourin Batticaloa

Pasikudah itself is primarily a beach destination and doesn’t really have many cultural attractions. However, neighbouring Batticaloa is an ideal place to visit for some history and culture. Located about 35km from Pasikudah, Batticaloa was the site of the first landing of the Dutch in Sri Lanka in the early 17th century. There are a number of remnants from the city’s colonial past, in addition to cultural sites, that are appealing to those who have an interest in heritage and history.

Batticaloa Fort

The Batticaloa Fort is evidence of the importance of the eastern coast for the former European colonists. Built in the 17th century by the Portuguese and then occupied by the Dutch and British as well, the complex has been subject to many changes over the years. Presently, the fort complex houses many government buildings.

Sri Mamangapillayar

This Hindu temple is considered to be one of the oldest in Batticaloa and, arguably, one of the oldest in the eastern province. Believed to date back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries, the temple is linked to the legend of the Ramayana.

Batticaloa Gate

Although small in size, the Batticaloa Gate monument has an interesting past. Built in the early 19th century, the monument is believed to be the landing site of the first Methodist missionary, Rev. William Ault in 1814. Its design has a stark resemblance to the Gateway of India.

Old Kallady Bridge

The old Kallady Bridge was built in the 1930s, and was formerly the longest bridge in the country. The bridge is supposed to be the best place to experience the famous singing fish of Batticaloa. The singing is purported to be strongest on nights when the moon is full.