A preserved gorgeous nature all around, some original colorful cultures and some truly hospitable people are the 3 gems you can expect to meet when visiting our district.
To move around and get connected with our Nature, Culture and People, you can participate in one of our “3-in-1 tours”.
These excursions and activities are organized by East N’ West on Board, which means the team that has developed welcometobatticaloa.com website.
WHY TRAVELLING WITH US?
We have travelled extensively in Batticaloa district and explored a good number of its beautiful off-the-beaten-track locations. Moreover, we have discovered that the first Beauty of our district is its Hospitable People.
It is therefore natural that we do our best to put you in touch with our local communities, for you to discover their ways of life, have a good chat under the tree, learn about the local cultures and religions, etc.
By travelling with us, you might end up leaving the main road and take smaller paths, getting an in-depth experience of our Nature, Culture and People.
You also contribute to our aim which is to ensure that local communities benefit from the presence of travellers. Fishermen, cooks, farmers, handicraftswomen, drivers and guides, boatmen… We work with around 50 families providing different services to make your stay with us enjoyable and unforgettable. Book an excursion or an activity with us, experience the local lifestyle, meet our people and create one day of income for them…
BICYCLE RIDES IN AND AROUND BATTICALOA
Here we take you for the day, with a guide to show you around the small lanes and hidden treasures of the neighboring villages… The bicycle rides are around 20 to 25 km long, the distance being split in various stretches of 4 to 5 km, at your rhythm… For people who would be unable to ride bicycles, we can do the same itineraries by 3-wheeler, but bicycle is more fun!
In “Palamunai Colours”, you will explore the southern part of Batticaloa, riding along the beach, visiting the fish market and, depending on the season, local organic gardens. You will meet handloom weavers, making colourful sarees and sarongs, sharing with you their ancient knowledge of this traditional craft. You will discreetly observe the midday prayer at the local mosque and interact with the believers. Your lunch will be prepared by a local family, and will reflect the typical food of the community. After a tasty meal and a relaxing chat with your host family, you will go through Kattankudy, a bustling Muslim town famous for its history and numerous businesses, visit its Heritage Museum, and might still have a bit of time to discover what a Madrasah is…
In “Towards Mylambaveli”, the slow pace of travelling by bicycle will enable you to interact with people at work, by meeting handicraft makers and farmers. After a quiet walk in the bird sanctuary, you will participate in an offering ceremony at the Hindu temple, while your lunch is prepared by a local family. After a healthy village lunch and a funny chat with your host family, you will visit the nearby farm. On weekdays, you will meet craftswomen, who will show you how to make beautiful baskets and boxes out of palmyrah leaves. You will then ride back to Batticaloa along a stunning deserted beach and observe birds and wildlife as you peacefully move along our gorgeous lagoon.
THEME DAYS IN BEAUTIFUL BATTICALOA
In our tour “Let’s cook and Fish!”, you will learn good recipes of delicious curries to bring back home and get in touch with local fishermen willing to share their ancestral way of fishing with you… In more detail, after a visit to the market, you will reach the family that will teach you Sri Lankan cooking, take your lunch with them, and after a relaxing chat, have a ride along our enchanting lagoon before meeting the fishermen on the lagoon for a refreshing fishing class… You can keep your catch for dinner if you like… Isn’t life beautiful???
Now, let’s explore History and Religions… Our tour “Historic Batticaloa” brings you to old buildings in Batticaloa, Kattankudy, Navalady, throughout 450 years of history and the vestiges of 3 colonial powers. We will guide you into the cultural and religious diversity of our local communities, by visiting worshipping places of 4 different faiths (Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism). We’ll break for lunch in a local family, where you’ll get a flavour of traditional Batticaloa food, and interact with your host family. After lunch, you’ll get a glimpse of the scars of the recent war and tsunami as well as visit the Heritage Museum of Kattankudy… if time permits!
DISCOVERY OF VILLAGE LIFE IN RURAL BATTICALOA
Let’s leave the main road… Let’s guide you inland, in-depth, to off-the-beaten-track rural villages. Luxuriant paddy fields, untamed wildlife, secret ponds, mighty rocks, cultivation areas… are just part of the experience. Be welcomed by the villagers, share a moment of their life, enjoy a village lunch and get to know their livelihood…
In the excursion “Boating in Unnichai”, you will leave the coastal area to reach rural villages. As you proceed inland, depending on the season, you will be able to observe the farmers and cultivation areas, paddy fields or vegetable gardens. You’ll make a stop at a local Hindu temple and feel its peacefulness. When reaching Unnichai, you’ll be free to bathe, walk, chill out around its immense water tank or observe the buffaloes and birds around. After a village lunch in a family, local boatmen will take you on board in their traditional fishing boats for a ride on the tank. Enjoy the beautiful simplicity of village life…
“A day in Kudumbimalai” will start by leaving the main road for the previously war affected inland rural area. After visiting the military museum, you will climb the 1.750 ft-high Kudumbimalai mighty rock and enjoy a breathtaking view of the peaceful surroundings. For lunch, you’ll be invited to share the usual village food of a local family, and will surely have a small walk around to see the villagers’ activities and hidden pond. Wildlife might surprise you on the way, with its lazy buffaloes, grazing cattle and wild birds. You might even observe a few crocodiles, if they are ready for a photo shoot…
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BICYCLE RENTAL IN BATTICALOA
If you plan to travel on your own in our area, you can get a bicycle for rent in our centre. We rent brand new city bikes and mountain bikes, with recommendation of itineraries for our guests to get the best out of their cycling day. Map is provided free of charge in our office to indicate the main points of interest around. More info on this page: Bicycle rental.
LINKING WITH EXISTING SERVICE PROVIDERS
Bird watching, Boating, Diving, Cooking, Climbing, Swimming, Farming, Camping, Performing, Fishing, Reading, Trekking, Relaxing, Snorkelling, Volunteering, Cycling, Meditating, Singing, Exploring… Whatever your dream holidays look like, we’ll try our best to link you with the activities you want to practice here.