Batticaloa, Batti for short, has no must-see sights. Nonetheless the vibe is right, and it has an intangible charm, magnified by the palm-filtered sunlight glancing off the nearby lagoons. Around town, the beaches are gorgeous if a bit desolate. Batticaloa has suffered from severe civil strife in the past, but it feels peaceful, even mellow, now. That said, the streets get very quiet at night, and locals don’t recommend venturing out alone; take a three-wheeler.