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Referred to as ‘Batti’ by the locals, the coastal town of Batticaloa lies just 30km south of Pasikudah and is well worth a visit. The Old Dutch Fort, which is flanked by two old cannons and a gate on its eastern side which looks over the picturesque Batticaloa lagoon is one of the town’s main attractions. The Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1628 and then taken over by the Dutch and subsequently rebuilt. There is a small museum within the Fort complex which contains some interesting artifacts from the colonial period. Near the Fort are more examples of colonial architecture such as Statue of a Boy Scout near the Clock Tower built by the British to commemorate 80 years of the Scout Movement and the St. Michael’s College, which is one of the largest all boys schools on the eastern province and the striking blue and white colored St. Mary’s Cathedral. Passing through the impressive Kallady Bridge, which takes you over the lagoon, one can also see the local fishermen casting their nets. Their catch is brought in and traded daily at the local market, which is best visited in the morning and evenings when it is abuzz with activity.

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