Here are some photos of our 3-in-1 excursions in Batticaloa, to discover our gorgeous Nature, grasp a bit of our local Culture, and meet our truly hospitable People! They are classified under different titles which are the names of our different excursions.
Each photo is the thumbnail for a different album, just click on it to enjoy the album…!
In “Palamunai Colours”, we explore the southern part of Batticaloa, riding along the beach, visiting the fish market and local organic gardens, observing rituals at a local Hindu temple. You will meet handloom weavers, making colourful sarees and bedsheets, sharing with you their ancient knowledge of this traditional craft. Lunch will be prepared by a local family, and in the afternoon we’ll go through Kattankudy, a bustling town famous for its history and numerous businesses…
In “Towards Mylambaveli”, the slow pace of travelling by bicycle will enable you to spend time along the way interacting with people at work, meeting handicraft makers or fishermen, relaxing on the beach, observing birds and wildlife as you move along our gorgeous lagoon. On weekdays, we visit craftswomen, who will show you how they do beautiful baskets and boxes… After a walk in the bird sanctuary, while your lunch is prepared by a local family, you will participate in a Puja (offering ceremony) at the local temple… Relax, you are on holiday!
LET’S COOK AND FISH!
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 details, 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… 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 the local communities, by visiting worshipping places of 4 different faiths (Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism). We’ll have a break for lunch in a local family before getting a glimpse of recent history of war and tsunami and visiting Kattankudy museum, if time permits…
A DAY IN KUDUMBIMALAI
“A day in Kudumbimalai” will start by leaving the main road for the previously war affected inland rural area. After visiting the military museum, climbing the 1750 ft high Kudumbimalai mighty rock will lead you to a breath-taking view of the peaceful surroundings. For lunch, you’ll be invited to share the usual village food of a local family, and will surely enjoy a small walk around to see the village’s livelihoods and hidden pond. Wildlife might surprise you on the way, with its abundance of lazy buffaloes, grazing cattle and wild birds.
BOATING IN UNNICHAI
In “Boating in Unnichai”, you will observe the farmers and cultivation areas on the way, make a stop at the local Hindu temple, enjoy bathing, walking, chilling out around Unnichai immense water tank. After a village lunch with a local family, local boatmen will bring you on the tank in their traditional fishing boats. Enjoy the beautiful simplicity of village life…
Above are our ready-made excursions. But we also do some tailor made excursions, based on the requirements of our guests. Here are photos of a few of them…