Land Of The Singing Fish


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Tamils called it Matakkalappu or Muddy Swamp. The Portuguese re-named it Batticaloa. But for many, it is the Land of the Singing Fish

Batticaloa, Batti for short, enjoys a spectacular position surrounded by lagoons with palm-filtered sunlight glancing off the water. There’s a mellow vibe to the town, and though there are no dramatic or must-see sights, a morning exploring the lagoon, the compact centre and its fortress  is time well spent. One Sunday morning, we did just that.

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Lighthouse

The 28 metre lighthouse built in 1913 stands at the end of a sandbar, surrounded by lagoons and mangroves. It is a good spot to park your car and take a boat ride in the lagoon.

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The 56 Km long lagoon, famous for its singing fish, has many small islands and is fed by a number of small rivers. It is linked to the sea by two narrow channels. The…

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